Jodie Sweetin is having a terrific week. The actress was the first celebrity announced on the new season of Dancing with the Stars. In addition, the popular Netflix series Fuller House has been renewed for a second season.
According to Perez Hilton, Jodie Sweetin has been officially confirmed as the first celeb to join Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. The Fuller House star appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday, March 2 to make the exciting announcement. Sweetin said that she will be teamed up with professional dancer Keo Motsepe.
Sweeting also revealed that her Fuller House co-star Candace Cameron Bure gave her some sound advice about joining the show. Bure finished in third on Season 18 of the hit dancing competition series.
“She’s been really great and excited for me and has shared with me that this is going to be one of the most exciting, overwhelming, physically and mentally demanding things that I’ll ever do, but that it’s incredibly worth it.”
Check out Jodie Sweetin’s announcement in the video below. Season 22 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars will premiere on Monday, March 21 at 8 p.m. EST.
Sweetin already had some experience with Dancing. In Episode 2 of Fuller House, Sweetin’s character, Stephanie Tanner, dances with DWTS pro Val Chmerkvosky. Speaking of Fuller House, the Netflix comedy has already been picked up for a second season even though Season 1 was just released late last week.
That means Sweetin is taking over television in 2016 as she stars on DWTS and goes on to play her character Stephanie Tanner on Fuller House. It’s Sweetin’s big return to predictability, as Complex magazine calls it, and she likes it that way.
The years after Full House ended in 1995 were filled with darkness and confusion for the child star. By the time she was just 14-years-old, she was already an alcoholic. By her mid-to-late-20s, Sweetin was addicted to crack, cocaine, and meth. She also married three times: first at 20, the second time at 25, and her third at 30 – and divorced during those three times. But Sweetin was graced with two beautiful children: Zoie in 2008 and Beatrix in 2010.
Returning to the set of Fuller House is putting an end to the wandering that Sweetin did in her younger years.
“This show is giving me the opportunity to go back and do something I love. I mean, I was thirteen when the show ended and I wanted nothing more than to continue doing it. And more than anything, I think that this is something the fans want, they want us to know what our characters have been doing for the past twenty years. I get so many fan letters from people wondering for twenty years what Stephanie has been up to, and now they get to find out.”
Now that Sweetin is finally giving her fans what they having been wanting all these years, she feels more at peace with her life — and more importantly, herself.
“They always incorporated a lot of my own personality into Stephanie, and I walked away from Full House as Stephanie; the two people had melded. Now I get to be just Jodie. Just myself. I get to kind of come back and fill in the story for the past twenty years, and how often do you get to do that?”
Besides Sweetin’s revived TV career, she’s ready to embark on a new stage in her personal life, as well. She is recently engaged to her boyfriend of two years, Justin Hodak. When and if that predictability does come to an end someday on Fuller House, Sweetin revealed in her Complex interview that she would like to take on darker and edgier roles or even direct her own TV series. Sweetin feels that Fuller House will finally give her the confidence to take on other roles and projects.
But now that she’s back, she doesn’t want to leave. She says that she would love the show to stick around for “five years,” and she joked that she would gladly come back in “twenty years” for another reboot called the Fullest House.
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