Catching up with Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber
brightcove.createExperiences(); After nearly 30 years of friendship, the leading ladies of Fuller House – Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber have many things in common. They have an unshakeable bond, they’re all moms and they all unanimously agree that co-star/TV Uncle John Stamos hasn’t aged.
PEOPLE recently sat down with the three ladies to discuss their nearly three decades-long friendship, what it means to return to their beloved Full House characters as adults and the most surreal aspect of filming their highly anticipated spin-off.
Your co-star Mr. Stamos also serves as an executive producer on the show. How are his producer talents?
Candace Cameron Bure: We felt him more as an actor than a producer. He’d stop in occasionally but he’s doing Grandfathered, so he was very busy. He wasn’t on the set every day as a producer.
Andrea Barber: Friend first, Uncle Jesse second.
Jodie Sweetin: I did get to go to his house and watch a few episodes though, so that was nice having him as a producer.
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What is the most surreal aspect of reuniting on TV for this spin-off?
Barber: The response to all these little nuggets that Netflix has, they’ve been very good about releasing these teaser videos and teaser photos and the response from the fans, they are just going crazy for it. We know our fans are loyal, they’ve been loyal for nearly 30 years, but it’s just blown up. It’s been even better than we thought.
Sweetin: We knew people were really excited for this and kind of hungry for this to happen, but I think it’s blown all of our minds the millions of people that are so into this, crying and losing their minds.
Barber: All the crying emojis.
It’s great that the spin-off is so like the original. We don’t have many of those types of shows anymore
Sweetin: There really aren’t many. Our daughters are both about eight years old and I go to watch TV with my kids and its either Disney shows that I can’t watch, or it’s like television that’s really more for adults, or just cartoons. There’s not a lot of the co-watching stuff where you can sit down and everybody watches together. Like you said, our generation is huge fans of the show and my kids watch the show now, so they are thrilled to be able to sit and watch something together.
When did your kids realize you were on TV and what was that like?
Barber: First grade is when they start to develop awareness. At my kids’ school, the kindergarteners are clueless, the first graders are getting smarter, the second graders are like, “(Gasp!) You are in Full House!” And I’m like, “I’ve been your room mom for two years now and you’re just now realizing this?” Same with my kids, they had no interest in watching Full House until about age eight or nine and now they binge watch on all the networks.
Bure: My kids are older. They’re in high school and I have one in junior high, so they love the new show. I’ve asked them, “Which one do you like better?” And they’re like “Oh Fuller House, it’s awesome.” But the perks of, all their friends all know who I am, which is fine for them but the big benefit is when the teachers figure it out. If that will help my kids get better grades, I’m like, “What do you need?” because we need some A’s in high school.
Sweetin: It’s cute, my kids came home from school the other day and one of their teachers aides was like, “I saw your mommy in the news and I saw pictures of you in the news too” and so they came out of their class and were like, “Mom! We were in the news!” I was like, “Yes I know, it was a picture of all three of us.” [My daughter] was like “No no, it was just me,” my little one. “Okay it was just you.” But they get really excited.
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What has been the most rewarding aspect of having each other as friends to call at certain points in your careers, or to talk about the craziness of this industry?
Bure: It’s so great that we are not new friends. When you go on any project you are still trying to develop chemistry and develop a friendship, but that’s such an advantage for us, not only on the show but like you said, to be able to call anytime. We are so comfortable with one another and we really are sisters. It’s beyond friends, we are as close as sisters could be, it’s amazing.
Sweetin: It’s been lifelong friends. I would say the only people I’ve known longer than my Full House family are my parents and my actual family, and then this family we’ve all seen each other grow up and go through everything in life, so to be able to bring that back onscreen is awesome.
Bure: We have each other’s backs. I think that’s cool. In any industry it doesn’t matter which one, there is always competition and there can be healthy competition, but when you are genuinely close friends or as close as sisters, you’ve got each other’s backs. So we all want to make sure we’re all doing the best job we can, and looking as great as we can, being seen in the best light as possible, and if we see that within one another, that someone’s not treating someone well, we all just step up for one another.
Are there any specific instances where you reached out to each other after a high or a low? Or received a phone call at the right time?
Bure: Andrea just reaches out for fashion advice. All the time. Like, “What do I wear?”
Barber: Yeah, because I don’t have a stylist. This is a new business for me since I haven’t done it since I was 18 and it’s a whole different ballgame now. We didn’t do press tours when we were 10 and we didn’t do all these red carpet events so yeah, I’ll call and ask “What are you wearing? What colors? What do I wear? How are you doing your hair?” I definitely call them.
What is one thing you get to do as adults on the show that you weren’t able to as kids?
Barber: I feel like we have more input in the writing of the show. The writers and Jeff Franklin, our creator, have really reached out to us and want to know our opinions and where we want our characters going. It’s been a great collaborative process.
Sweetin: Sitting and doing notes. We would do a run through of the show during the week for producers with rehearsals, we would sit and do notes and as kids we were like, “Alright peace out,” that was our time to go home and now we sit there and are like “You know what, this beat doesn’t feel right for me,” “I would like to change this” or “This doesn’t seem like something my character would do,” or “I really like this moment, let’s build this a little bit more.” I think that’s fun for us to get to do. I think we feel like we’re really getting to create this show and the dynamic and the beats and things that, as the three women on the show, we get to really build that.
Fuller House begins streaming Friday at 3 a.m. ET (midnight PT) on Netflix.