Coming Full Circle with Candace Cameron Bure
Posted On Feb 26, 2016
Candace Cameron Bure has been a household staple since the late ‘80s with her onscreen portrayal as Donna Jo “D.J.” Tanner on the classic television series, Full House. Following the success of the timeless sitcom, the accomplished actress has evolved from childhood star to daytime talk show co-host of ABC’s The View, entrepreneur, philanthropist and New York Times best-selling author. The true definition of a modern day superwoman, the wife, and mother of three is in the busiest season of her life but from the public’s eye, makes it all seamlessly simple.
A game-changer in many ways, she utilizes her platform and philanthropic spirit through several humanitarian efforts including, Skip1.org, Compassion International, Sheraton House, Children’s Hunger Fund and National House of Hope where she serves as a national ambassador. As a woman of influence, she also uses her voice as a source of encouragement for dream chasers from all walks of life to become courageous within their own right. By taking the necessary steps to free themselves of the uncool four lettered word F-E-A-R.
With the re-release of Full House aptly, titled Fuller House that premiered at midnight exclusively on Netflix, New You spoke with Ms. Bure about one of her most prominent roles to date of being a devoted wife and working mom, having the ability to balance all facets of her life as well as the meaningful effect of Full House that has transcended beyond generations. Aside from hard-work, dedication and the sheer willpower to succeed, she prides herself on the mantra of knowing, “God has got my back.” A true testament to her unwavering and unshakable faith. Let’s take a glimpse into the world of Candace Cameron Bure affectionately known to both ‘80s and ‘90s babies as D.J. Tanner.
How was the energy on set with your castmates after being apart then reuniting after so many years?
We weren’t necessarily reuniting for a first time or anything of that nature because we’ve been friends for 30 years and have always remained incredibly close. It’s always great to have the ability to work with people, you genuinely love and have been friends with essentially your entire life. All I can say is, this opportunity is really a once in a lifetime experience that doesn’t happen very often.
What would you say is the secret ingredient about Full House that seems to resonate and have a generational effect on audiences?
It’s extremely hard to pinpoint one factor because I personally believe there are several reasons the show seems to resonate with various generations. Although I truly think one of the many reasons it has such a lasting effect is because it’s about family and love. Regardless of what type of family dynamic you’re from, everyone wants to feel and know they are loved by others. Isn’t it wonderful to know that you always have someone who is there to protect, nurture, and care for you no matter the situation or circumstance? Just knowing that you have people in your corner who will serve as a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on if you are going through a tough time but who will also be there with you to celebrate good times is rewarding in many ways.
All of the story lines of Full House which will also be the same with Fuller House are really parallel timeless stories that each and everyone one of us go through at a point in time in our lives. Whether it is just growing up and maneuvering through your teenage years or the many ordeals adults encounter including, dating, losing a loved one, marriage, work woes, or trying to land a job, there is no denying these are all classic story lines that everyone experiences. Also, with the grand age range of the show, there is something everyone can most likely relate to. Additionally, viewers are able to feel and witness the genuine chemistry we have among each other both on and off screen. It is a love that is hard to fake and I believe that also resonates through the television screen.
How are you able to maintain a healthy lifestyle with having children and so many priorities on your plate?
I have to be totally honest with you it is extremely tough! I am currently in the busiest season I have ever been in my entire life, with the release of Fuller House as well as being a co-host on, The View. Not to mention, I’m also acting and producing in about three Hallmark films each year. Just a little insight into my hectic schedule, I fly every single week from New York to Los Angeles because my family is based on the west coast but I’m working Monday-Thursday in the Big Apple. My schedule has caused me to put new practices into place by making a scheduled time at the gym and enlisting a personal trainer. This ensures, I am able to get my fitness into my schedule and I also try to eat as healthy as I possibly can. I definitely used to be a little better with my food choices but with all of this traveling I’m getting stuck with the airplane meals (laughs).
Obviously, I don’t eat my best anymore but the most important element for me is sleep which is lacking these days. I try to nap as much as I possibly can and squeeze in a little sleep in order for me to be the most present and available wherever I am, whether I’m at work or at home with my family. It’s definitely been a challenge and I must admit that I do not have this one tackled as easily as before in previous years. This can all be attributed to my time management but I am really trying to eat healthy and complete my workouts because it personally helps me feel better and healthier.
In what ways does having so many priorities and a successful career affect date night with your husband?
Seriously, it almost feels like date night every time my husband and I are together. Unfortunately, we do not have once a week date nights how we used to because we do not see each other more than half of the week [every week] due to my work schedule in New York. This is juggling season for us but we definitely still try to plan them as often as possible.
Recently my husband and I were able to get away. We went to Napa for one night, it was so great and we had such a wonderful time. We aren’t able to do this, every month, but we try to carve out time as much as possible. We have three kids who are teenagers and we are a really, really close family. We [my husband and I] receive enough private time that we need in order to connect as well as being with our children to be a present mom and dad. Our years to spend with the kids are very limited these days because they are growing up so fast, especially with my daughter graduating high school this year.
When it’s time to indulge and treat yourself what is your guilty pleasure?
Ooooh, it can go either way because I love sugar! Indulging for me is having a glass of wine and perhaps a really decadent dessert. On the other hand, there are also many days I just want to go to In-N-Out and order a burger with fries. It’s the absolute best but unfortunately I don’t do it very often.
After appearing on Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, can you share your fondest memory while participating on the hit show?
Wow, I have so many memories because I absolutely loved the entire experience! I think one of my personal highlights would have been my Argentinian Tango. It was beyond the season’s midpoint and at the time, I had a mini mental breakdown because I was so freaked out and was terrified of going out and dancing. However, it actually ended up being one of those dances where I persevered and worked through my fears. In the end, I felt very good about everything because it all turned out so well! This particular moment eventually propelled my advancement into both the semi-finals and finals.
Switching gears, in your book Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction, can you briefly tell us a few of the self-discovery ways that helped propel you to step outside of your comfort zone?
It is really, truly about taking the first step, the leap of faith to do something that can be a little frightening. This is also a time when my faith comes into play because my faith is such a huge part of my life. I am very secure in knowing when I have made a decision that God has got my back. It may not always turn out the exact way I expect or want but I know he is always going to take good care of me. This gives me great comfort in being able to take a risk that will allow me to step outside of my comfort zone.
Just think of it this way, if you were to do something that wasn’t very great, your ego can only stay bruised for so long because it eventually heals. Looking back, being able to take a chance a bit more has given me a tremendous amount of courage. Witnessing the positive results can ultimately grow your character as well as grow your voice. In the grand scheme of things, it’s important to always remember that your voice can be used to change the world, bring awareness to an important cause or change a specific circumstance/situation. To me this is what Dancing Through Life is all about, it’s about the larger scale, the bigger picture moments that always begin with small steps and building up the courage to at least step outside of your comfort zone.
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