Lori Loughlin endeared herself to milllions of TV viewers in the 80s & 90s as “Rebecca” on the hit show Full House. Since then, her acting resume has grown steadily ….
Scott: Lori, you’ve been an actress for how long?
Lori: I’ve been acting for over 30 years.
Scott: You said that out loud. [Lori: I did.] How did you get into the “biz” of acting?
Lori: Well, I started out modeling. And my father said two things: You have to keep your grades up at school. And if I see any change in your attitude, like I’m pulling you from this. And I thank them for that. And then I started doing commercials. and how I started my career was on daytime television, a soap opera called The Edge of Night.
Scott: And from that job to what?
Lori: A film called Secret Admirer, a film called Rad… projects for PBS, some TV movies. And then when I was about 23, I got Full House. And I remember going to my agent and saying, you’ve got to get me a job because I’m like, I just paid my rent and I’m very low on cash. And he said, well, there’s six episodes of this show called Full House. Will that get you by? And I went and auditioned and then I was brought back for the producers and I auditioned with John Stamos. And they signed me for six episodes. And I ended up staying for seven years.
Scott: Six episodes turned into seven years. What made the show so successful?
Lori: Well, a couple things, I think. It was a cute show, and it was funny. I think the cast genuinely, we have a real love for each other, and we do till this day. And because the morals are right, there’s a message to –in every episode, you know, how to be a good person, how to be a better person, right from wrong. It’s a good message.
Those same standards have guided Lori’s career choices ever since.
Scott: There’s something I want to talk about because you’re in an industry that crosses the line morally, ethically, in so many ways. And, as I understand it, you’re a person of faith?
Lori: I do believe in God. I was raised Catholic.
Scott: Okay, how does that affect your choices in what you do?
Lori: For me personally, I was always very thoughtful about projects that I chose for myself. I would say to myself, “Can my father watch this?” If my father couldn’t watch it, I didn’t do it. And then when I had children … I always thought, I don’t want to do anything that one day might rear its ugly head and my children have to pay the price for that.
Scott: You’re married. [Lori: I am.] How long?
Lori: Moss and I have been married, 16—over 16 years.
Scott: And what does he do?
Lori: He’s a clothing designer. His name is Mossimo, he has a line at Target.
Scott: How do you maintain the balance of being a wife, a mother of two girls…
Lori: Two girls and a boy.
Scott: And two girls that are teenagers. [Lori: Teenagers, yes. 14 & 15] Let us pray. [Lori: Yes, please.] And –and all the other responsibilities you have?
Lori: Well, it’s challenging and you go day by day. I’m very lucky that when I’m in Vancouver working, my husband, their dad, is around and he’s with them. So they’re—they always have a parent with them 24/7. And we tag team very well, my husband and I.
Lori’s most recent project was the series When Calls the Heart , whereshe played Abigail Stanton, a 1910 coal miner’s widow. It wasa huge hit for the Hallmark Channel.
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SOURCE: The 700 Club
Produced by Julie Blim, Interview by Scott Ross