Full House ran for nearly 200 episodes from 1987-1995 and, thanks to reruns, still has one of the most loyal fan followings in TV history, so it was big news when Netflix announced that it would revive the show for 13 new episodes. Fuller House, available starting today, centers on Candace Cameron Bure’s character D.J. Tanner-Fuller, now a veterinarian and widowed mom to three boys, who is raising them in her childhood home with the help of her sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and BFF Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), a single mom with a teenage daughter. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (little sister Michelle) are MIA, but John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are in the premiere episode and will drop in throughout the season.
For Cameron Bure, who commutes weekly from L.A. to her co-host job on The View, it was the best kind of reunion, as she explains in this conversation.
The Gloss: What was it like to reunite after all these years?
CBB: You have to understand that we never stopped being friends. For all these years we have all been extremely close—everybody. So it wasn’t like we hadn’t seen each other gone to lunch the week before. That’s normal. For 20-some years we’ve been very close friends. But to come back to the set, be on the soundstage with the Full House house was really emotional and amazing.
I had to pause and stop and take more than a few moments because the emotions really got to me, and I was just crying because I was flooded with so many memories. If we had to sum it up in one word it would be grateful. All of us are so appreciative that we have the opportunity to come back and be with the people that we love and work together and do another great show.
So many people grew up with the show and remember it so fondly. Does that put the pressure on?
CBB: We did anticipate it because that’s all we get asked about. I’ve been on other television shows and have done so many movies but every time I’m on a red carpet people are asking about Full House. The fans are always talking about Full House. So it wasn’t a surprise that the public would be so excited about it. They’re the reason it came back. There’s a responsibility to uphold the show and give the fans what they want. We were kids when we were on Full House and now we’re the leads of the show, and we want it to be great for the fans and for ourselves.
Will fans be surprised that D.J. is a single mom now?
CBB: I hadn’t thought about it to be honest but I’m glad this is what they came up with, where DJ is now. I think fans are going to love it.
Unlike many kid stars, you’re well adjusted and are still in the business.
CBB: We grew up in a great environment. If we didn’t have that great experience, we wouldn’t have wanted to come back, we wouldn’t have stayed in the industry. So now with the young actors in the show, we want to guarantee they have as wonderful an experience as we had.
Did your kids come to the set?
CBB: Yes. My kids were on the set and came to almost every taping. I have three teenagers, and I did ask them which show they liked better, Full House or Fuller House, and they said, “Oh, hands down, Fuller House.'”
Meanwhile, you’re appearing every morning on The View.
CBB: The View is a very different job, it’s the first time in my career of over 35 years where I’m not reading a script and saying lines. I’m being myself. I’m learning a lot, more about politics than I think I ever wanted to know. I’m an overachiever so if you give me a little homework I do a lot of homework. I drive myself nuts but my producers are really happy. It’s just so different and I’m grateful for the experience, and I really am learning a ton. It’s harder to form an opinion when you don’t care about a topic, but when you have a strong opinion it’s easier.
How do you juggle it all?
CBB: I have a great family. My kids are older now so it’s a little easier to juggle it in that sense. There are different seasons of life so we’re making this one work and everyone is understanding. If it isn’t working, then we’ll change course.
How do you describe your style?
CBB: I’m usually in jeans and a sweatshirt and wedge sneakers ‘cause I’m so short—I’m 5’2.” I’m very casual when I’m with my kids. But I really love dressing up and I love fashion. The designers I tend to go toward on The View are Elizabeth and James, Alice & Olivia and Alexander Wu.
How do you stay in shape?
CBB: At this point since I’m traveling so much, if I can get to a gym I’m really happy. But if I can’t I do crunches and squats in my hotel room.
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