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"When I look at my girls and I think, 'Oh my goodness, I had a full-time job and adult world at their age,' it is a little mind-blowing, she says

By Michele Corriston
Updated June 03, 2015 08:05 AM
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Lori Loughlin is all about authenticity on her Hallmark Channel show When Calls the Heart – except for one pesky costume.

“They try every season to put me in a corset and I say ‘Okay, I’ll try it,’ and I really, honestly only make it to lunchtime and then I have to take it off because I can’t even breathe,” the actress tells PEOPLE, laughing.

The series, which wraps its second season June 13, tells the story of women, including Loughlin’s Abigail Stanton, living in a 19th-century coal-mining town.

Loughlin, 50, says their stories are still relevant to people today.

“Women that are independent, women that are working, that own their own businesses, it seems like it’s the beginning of the women’s movement, and I think that’s all relatable to today,” she explains of the characters, “and how women are becoming stronger and are more independent and are leaning on each other.”

As for the ladies in her life – daughters Isabella, 16, and Olivia, 15 – they’re exploring their creative passions in makeup and fashion.

“When I look at my girls and I think, ‘Oh my goodness, I had a full-time job and adult world at their age,’ it is a little mind-blowing,” she says.

For more on Loughlin, her family and the upcoming Full House reboot, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday