Chapman Alum Jodie Sweetin Talks “Fuller House”

The Chapman University alum and former child star returns to her iconic role in the new Netflix series “Fuller House,” which premiered at the end of February. The 34-year-old mother of two grew up in front of our eyes as the wise-cracking middle child Stephanie Tanner on the ’90s sitcom “Full House.” She’s thrilled to be part of its revival.

Co-star John Stamos and creator Jeff Franklin had been trying to bring the show back for years before finally getting the green light from Netflix. “Fuller House” stars Candace Cameron Bure as D.J., now a widowed mother of three living with her sister (Sweetin) and friend (Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler).

The original cast members—with the exception of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen—are returning to reprise their roles. “We’ve always remained a very close-knit family. We see each other all the time. My parents are the only people I’ve known longer. So it was just exciting to get to work together again.”

“When you’re a kid, acting is like play time. There is a bit more demanded of you as an adult.”
—Jodie Sweetin, on her evolving career

Sweetin began acting on “Full House” when she was 5, after landing a series of national commercials. “I told my mom that I wanted to be, well, my word for it was a ‘modeler’ on TV. So my mom said, ‘Well, sure, we’ll try it and see how it goes.’ I don’t think we ever imagined it would take off the way it did.”

In 2009, she published her memoir “unSweetined,” describing her struggles with drug addiction.
She also has toured college campuses to share her story and help others in recovery. “It’s scary to put all that out there, but at the same time it’s very freeing. I think that was a big step for me in really embracing who I am, who I was, and where I wanted to go.”

Sweetin’s daughters, 7-year-old Zoie and 5-year-old Beatrix, are fans of the original show and have attended tapings for the revival. “It’s fun for them to watch Mommy perform. My kids have gotten to see me at all ages, growing up in front of the camera.”

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