Jodie Sweetin is one happy actor.
Time is reporting that Sweetin, who played middle daughter Stephanie Tanner in the hit ABC series Full House, will reprise her role in the upcoming reboot on Netflix entitled Fuller House. Sweetin will rejoin original cast members Candace Cameron-Bure, Andrea Barber, and John Stamos for a 13-episode run that Netflix has ordered.
The rebooted series will focus around Sisters D.J. (Cameron-Bure) and Stephanie (Sweetin), along with D.J.’s best friend Kimmy Gibler (Barber). D.J. is raising two boys on her own after becoming a widow. D.J. is also pregnant. Stephanie and single mom Kimmy come back to help D.J. raise her sons. Uncle Jesse (Stamos) will show up occasionally on the new show, and will be the one of the executive producer.
Sweetin is happy with the reboot.
“Now that it’s actually happening, it’s almost too good to be true,” Sweetin told Entertainment Weekly. “To be able to do a series with people I love — who are like family — to play a character I loved so much and to be able to do that in this point in my life when things are going so well for me and I have a completely different perspective on things … I’m really, incredibly grateful.”
According to Digital Spy, Sweetin offered further insight into the new series.
“It’s based around DJ. Stephanie and Kimmy, so there’s still going to be that really fun dynamic, which I’m looking forward to,” Sweetin Said. “Stephanie and Kimmy being arch nemeses, and teaming up to help DJ. It will be very similar, certainly, to the first Full House, but we’re definitely trying to bring it back as a little more modern take.”
“Stephanie has sort of been the wild world traveler, and I’m looking forward to bringing to life Stephanie as she is today and creating a real backstory for her. She’s a free spirit, and that will be obvious in the character she’s become,” said Sweetin.
Sweetin’s road has been rocky, indeed. After Full House ended its eight-year run in 1995, Sweetin’s life ran a dangerous gamut, filled with drug and alcohol abuse, two failed marriages, and having two daughters, Zoie and Bea. Sweetin did graduate from Chapman University, and after many years of being addicted to meth, cocaine, and alcohol, Sweetin cleaned up her act and wrote a book about her experiences, titled UnSweetined, in November of 2009.
Now that Fuller House is official, Sweetin doesn’t have to hide it anymore.
“It was the hardest thing ever to keep it a secret! Six months ago we took the initial meeting with Netflix, and it’s been something we’ve been talking about for a while. To now finally be able to be in a place that it’s official, it’s super exciting.”
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