I’ve been tracking season two of Fuller House ever since the pick-up was announced, so, yes, I’m a tad obsessed with the lives of the Tanners, Fullers, and Gibblers. And just when I thought I uncovered everything there was to know about season two, I got to visit the set and uncovered a big bombshell. (Don’t think I’m about to spoil it just yet, though. Keep reading!)
“Once season one was released and fans loved it, it was like, ‘OK, we got this. We know what we’re doing, and we’re having fun,” Jodie Sweetin says. “Now we know what the fans love, and we are giving them what they want.” Judging by the trailer and my set visit, what “they” want is holiday celebrations, epic family reunions, and a surprise romance.
At its core, though, the show is about the friendship between D.J., Stephanie, and Kimmy. It’s a relationship that extends to the actresses themselves. Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber are just as close off-screen as their on-screen counterparts, as evidenced by the many on-set meals they grab together and their dressing room gossip sessions. That’s where I caught up with the trio to discuss what’s different in season two, who may be coming back, and why everyone is so over talking about the Olsen twins. (And for a special treat, check out the video at the bottom—I quizzed the cast on their Full House vs. Fuller House trivia.)
Glamour: You’re back on the original soundstage at Warner Bros. that housed Full House in its latter years from 1992-1995. Does it take on added significance being back here?
Jodie Sweetin: It’s a trip because we were the first cast to be in these dressing rooms upstairs. They built them right before our show moved in here more than 20 years ago. It’s cool because I remember those halls; I remember those rooms. My dressing room now is Dave Coulier’s old dressing room. I just have these memories of going up and down those stairs as a 10, 11, 12, 13-year-old kid because we moved here for the last three seasons of our show. This is where I said goodbye to our show—on this stage. It’s a trip to be back.
Glamour: We have to talk about New Kids on the Block appearing this season. How did that come about?
Candace Cameron Bure: Jeff [Franklin] did it all, but we’ve always had so much music on the show. The Beach Boys [have come on]. Jeff just knew that because of our love for New Kids that was our go-to to try and get them on the show. He just worked on it and made it happen.
Andrea Barber: [The show] purchased two songs that they were able to sing and perform on the episode.
Glamour: Donnie Wahlberg was in New York shooting Blue Bloods, so clearly he owes you guys an appearance down the line.
Candace: We’re hoping! Of course we missed him, but the guys were so great on the show. They had so much fun and really enjoyed it. We didn’t really know to expect with them [as actors], but they were really good! I hope they’ll be recurring!
Andrea: They want to come back! Jordan Knight had the most fun. He wins.
Jodie: To watch Candace and Andrea get so excited over something that they loved so much was really fun. It’s like watching your older sisters get to have their best moment ever.
Glamour: Let’s rewind a second to last season’s finale. How did you guys feel about D.J. and Kimmy’s decision? (D.J. remained single and didn’t choose Matt or Steve, while Kimmy decided she wasn’t ready to remarry Fernando).
Andrea: I loved it. Life is about more than a man. It’s about what we want as women.
Candace: It was a smart way to end because of course we all love relationships and are invested in them, but I think it’s a big part of what the show is about. Obviously, it’s these women raising these kids, but it’s also about our personal lives too. It gives us somewhere to go on the show.
Glamour: This season, there’s a new character named C.J. and she is kind of involved with D.J.
Candace: Yeah, so there’s…Steve and C.J. (Connie Jane) are now a couple, but she’s a lot like [D.J.]. It’s a little bit funny because he gets this new girlfriend who happens to be a lot like me. It’s obvious there’s some romance that could have happened with D.J., but now it’s happening with C.J.
Glamour: What about the new character that D.J. falls for, only to discover that he’s actually gay?
Candace: Yes. That’s really it. [Laughs] That’s kind of the storyline. She sees a cute guy, they start talking, the conversation’s great, she thinks she’s going to get a good date, but then she realizes that he’s gay. It’s a one-time character.
Glamour: Andrea, what about Fernando and Kimmy?
Andrea: We’re still ex-spouses, but we’re currently dating and still engaged to be married.
Glamour: Alan Thicke guest stars this season. Candace, fans will remember that Alan played your brother’s dad on Growing Pains.
Candace: I’ve known Alan since I was eight years old. I’ve worked with him, too, because he played my dad in a Hallmark Christmas movie a few years ago. That was great fun to have him on. His character’s name is Mike. He calls himself, “Mike here!”
Glamour: And his last name is Seaver, then? [Laughs]
Candace: I didn’t even put that together! [Laughs] My brother was Mike Seaver. Maybe it is a nod, but I didn’t put it together. I interact with Alan a lot in this episode.
Glamour: Jodie, your daughter, Zoe, got to be in a classroom scene with Andrea’s daughter this season. What was that like for you?
Jodie: It was so much fun, and she’s been bugging me about this for a season and a half. “Mommy, am I going to be on the show now? Mommy, am I going to be on the show now?” She told all of her friends that she was going to be on Fuller House way before I told her she was going to be on the show. Last season, she was like, “I’m going to be on Fuller House!” I’m like, “Hold on!” But, you know, watching her do this around the same producers and the same people on the same set and doing all the things that I did and having my mom watch the taping that me and my daughter were in an episode of, it’s yet another thing to add to the list of mind-blowing occurrences throughout this experience.
Glamour: Who would you like to make an appearance in season from the original series?
Andrea: I’ve always wanted Dwayne to come back—the “whatever” boyfriend. I’d love to.
Candace: A lot of people ask about Viper and Nelson because it’s always about the boys. Steve was my longest boyfriend, but Viper and Nelson were both boyfriends. I don’t know, Ricky the paperboy.
Andrea: People want Bitterman!
Glamour: I want to see Kathy Santoni or Tommy Page.
Candace: [Tommy] actually wants to come back! You have no idea how many people have reached out to come back. There’s some other past guest stars that you may not remember that all want to be back on the show.
[Editors Note: See the below picture and look closely! Can someone say Gia?!]
Glamour: The media has been all over this show since it was announced—including Glamour. So now’s your chance: What are you tired of talking about?
Candace: Stop asking us about Mary Kate and Ashley! There are no hard feelings at all, but let’s just move on. It’s been two seasons already. If they show up, great, but if they don’t, we have this awesome, amazing show that the audience isn’t missing anything because it’s so full as it is.
Glamour: Nice use of language there. [Laughs]
Candace: Ha! Thank you. I think we’re [getting to the point] of saying, “Next question,” if that question gets asked anymore. The truth is, there isn’t a new answer, so it’s just this repetitive, old question.
Andrea: I think if you were doing this interview with Ashley and Mary Kate, they would want to move on too.
Andrea: They don’t want to talk about it, and everybody’s happy for each other in their mutual decisions. We’re good.
Glamour: Last season we learned that Stephanie can’t have biological kids. Will that be explored more in season two?
Jodie: A little bit. It was something that I was reached out to by a lot of fans. A lot of people said it was incredible to watch because it’s not something that’s talked about a lot on television—particularly not on a sitcom. It was such a wonderful moment between two sisters to talk about something really important. I think it’s mentioned once or twice in this season, and it’s great. We are able to touch on a subject that affects a lot of women and a lot of women our age that grew up watching the show. We wanted to do it justice. It’s not something we talk about all the time, but when there’s an appropriate moment for it, we talk about it.
Glamour: Did you ever ask Jeff Franklin why they chose this particular storyline for Stephanie?
Jodie: I never questioned why they did it, but I think it was a really nice thing to do because it seems like everybody in this family has twins or three kids. That isn’t the norm. So, I think it’s a great way to incorporate new types of families and how families work, how families support each other through things like that, and how you work around it. It’s great.
Glamour: Tell me about Stephanie’s boyfriend this season.
Jodie: Stephanie has a really fun boyfriend (who we actually found out is Kimmy Gibler’s brother!). He’ll be a really fun character. He is a world traveler, a photographer. I think fans will find him to be an interesting match for Stephanie. [He] doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, so we’ll see what happens next season.
Fuller House premieres on Netflix on December 9. But that’s not all—check out our video, below, of my set visit to Fuller House.