BACK TOGETHER AGAIN
Fuller House‘s premiere episode was a big reunion for the cast. Candace Cameron-Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and Andrea Barber (Kimmy), who are returning as the leads on the show, were joined by guest stars Bob Saget (Danny), Dave Coulier (Joey), John Stamos (Jesse) and Lori Louglin (Becky) for the first episode (the latter four will make reappearances throughout the season). Production designer Jerry Dunn recreated the Tanner family’s iconic San Francisco home for the show – with a few modern updates, of course. “People that are huge fans of Full House will find that sort of familiar thing with the characters that they loved before,” Sweetin tells PEOPLE. “But I think at the same time we bring a real modern feel to it and don’t try to recreate the ’80s family sitcom.”
This time around, D.J. is the recently widowed parent with three children (all boys!) to raise, with sister Stephanie and childhood BFF Kimmy moving in to help. And the house really is fuller: in addition to D.J.’s sons Jackson (Michael Campion), Max (Elias Harder) and baby Tommy (Dashiell and Fox Messitt), Kimmy brings along daughter Ramona (Soni Bringas) to join the family. Working with their on-screen kids brought back plenty of memories for the stars: “I just had a moment where I looked at them and their moms and was like, that used to be us and our moms,” Barber tells PEOPLE.
POWER OF THREE
Cameron-Bure, Barber and Sweetin are taking on the lead roles once held by Saget, Stamos and Coulier, and the transition couldn’t have been more natural for the trio. “Candace, Andrea and I, we truly love each other and get along so well and it’s really easy for us to create the dynamic that is Stephanie and Kimmy and D.J.,” Sweetin says.
LIVING THE LEGACY
Cameron-Bure admits there’s a fair amount of responsibility that comes with bringing back such a beloved show. “Being one of the people that is going to carry this show, there was definitely a lot of pressure,” she shares. “I wanted it to be really good.” For Barber, the chance to return to the Full House universe was the perfect reason to return to acting after nearly 20 years of retirement. “I came back to this business simply for Fuller House,” she says. “It was a dream come true – I didn’t have to audition for the show, I get to work with people I already know and love!”