For more than 30 years, actress Lori Loughlin has been capturing the hearts of her fans with roles on some of TV’s most beloved and iconic shows. From just 5 years old, Loughlin knew she wanted to be an actress. “I remember watching ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for the first time and thinking, ‘I want to be in movies and on TV,’” she says.
Loughlin began her career as a print model before moving into commercials and then her first role on the now defunct soap opera, “The Edge of Night.” Her breakout role came when she joined the cast of ABC’s “Full House” in 1995 with her portrayal of Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis, aka “Aunt Becky,” the girl next door with a heart of gold. Audiences instantly took to this unforgettable character, and the Tanner family circle was complete.
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More than two decades later, “Fuller House,” Netflix’s reboot of the sitcom, returned to the excitement of millennials everywhere, this time gaining a new set of fans in the process. “The positive outpouring of love and excitement from the fans was actually surprising,” reveals Loughlin. “I knew the show was popular, I just didn’t realize how popular!”
Throughout her career, Loughlin has appeared in countless movies and TV shows, including “Hudson Street,” “90210,” and “Summerland,” a show she not only starred in but also created and produced. These days, along with “Fuller House,” the hard-working actress is pulling double duty with two additional successful shows. She is starring in and producing the Hallmark Channel’s long-time hit drama series, “When Calls the Heart.” She is also starring in “Garage Sale Mystery,” which will air each Sunday evening in August, starting on August 5, on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
While in Vancouver, where she is filming her movie mystery series, the actress and married mother of three spoke with BELLA about her work, family, and the beauty and wellness secrets that have kept her looking ageless over the years.
Over the course of your career, you’ve had the opportunity to be a part of some wonderful casts. As an actor, do you feel part of becoming successful was by working alongside other great actors?
Working with great actors definitely helps you become a stronger performer. I was fortunate to work with wonderful New York-theater-trained actors on “The Edge of Night.” It was my very first job, and I learned so much. I was 16 years old at the time and so green.They took me under their wing and helped me; it was like being in a great repertory company for three years.
With the reboot of “Full House,” not only are the original fans back, their kids are now fans. Why do you think the show continues to resonate with audiences?
It is a wonderful family sitcom that has something for everyone to enjoy. I also believe the genuine love the cast has for one another is palpable.The fans feel that energy, and it makes them want to spend time with the Tanner family.
What did it feel like when the cast reunited after 21 years?
When I first heard about the reboot, my initial thought was that it could be a lot of fun.We had all remained friends over the years, but I don’t think anyone could have imagined we’d be back on Stage 24 at Warner Brothers doing it all over again.We are having the best time, and in many ways it feels like we never left.
You’re getting ready for the sixth season of “When Calls the Heart,” a period piece set in 1910. What drew you to a show that is of an entirely different time period?
I liked the script and the character when I first read it, and loved the idea of doing a period piece. It was a much simpler time, without modern luxury and technology. I think people connected in a different way, and in many ways the world felt smaller.
Where do you find inspiration when transporting yourself to that time period?
We shoot in the most amazing little Western town in Canada that makes feeling transported back in time very easy.
Your character, Abigail, is a tough, hardworking woman. What does it mean to you personally to portray such a strong female character? It means a lot to me to play a strong woman; I was raised to rely on myself in life and not to depend on a man. I am raising my girls [Isabella and Olivia] the same—to be independent and strong. I think other people enhance your life, but you need to know you’ve got the strength to get where you’re going on your own.
The “Garage Sale Mystery” series goes into its 11th installment next month. What do you love about this particular show?
I’m very lucky to be a part of two very distinct shows and play such different characters. I love “Garage Sale Mystery.” It reminds me of the mystery shows I grew up watching with my mom, who is a huge mystery buff.The show is a two-hour series but in a movie format. It’s a good old-fashioned ‘whodunit,’ one that’s fun to watch but won’t give you nightmares.
Your daughters have shown an interest in the business. What advice have you shared with them?
That you need a thick skin. It doesn’t matter what other people say; believe in yourself and follow your dreams.You are constantly picking yourself up and dusting yourself
off so you can get back in the game again. You need a lot of inner strength to go the distance in the entertainment industry.
Aside from your work on TV, you are extremely generous with your time and commitment to organizations that are close to your heart, especially Charity: Water.
I wasn’t aware that so many people were without clean drinking water and that the very water they need is right there but they have no way of accessing it. Charity:Water makes it possible by creating clean water wells in impoverished villages in third-world countries. It is truly an amazing organization.
Photographer: Gilles Toucas
Stylist: Adena Rohatiner
Makeup: Justin Tyme for Solo Artists/Adveket Cosmetics
Hair: Brant Mayfield for Solo Artists/Leonor Greyl
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Producer: Michele DiNardo