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Actress Lori Loughlin: Balancing Family, Faith, and Career

Actress Lori Loughlin sits down with Scott Ross to discuss faith and her latest project from the Hallmark Channel, When Calls the Heart. Read Transcript


Reporter: LORI LAUGHLIN

ENDEARED HERSELF TO MILLIONS

OF TV VIEWERS IN THE '80s

AND '90s AS REBECCA ON THE

SHOW "FULL HOUSE."

LORI, YOU'VE BEEN AN ACTRESS

FOR HOW LONG?

I'VE BEEN ACTING FOR OVER

30 YEARS.

Reporter: OOH, YOU SAID

THAT OUT LOUD.

I DID.

Reporter: HOW DID YOU

GET INTO THE BIZ OF ACTING?

WELL, I STARTED OUT

MODELING, BUT MY FATHER SAID

TWO THINGS: YOU HAVE TO KEEP

YOUR GRADES UP AT SCHOOL.

AND IF I SEE ANY CHANGE IN

YOUR ATTITUDE, I'M PULLING

YOU FROM THIS.

AND I THANKED 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."

Reporter: FROM THAT JOB

TO WHAT?

A FILM CALLED "SECRET

ADMIRER," AND I DID PROJECTS

FOR CBS, AND SOME TV

MOVIES.

AND THEN WHEN I WAS ABOUT

23, I GOT "FULL HOUSE."

I REMEMBER GOING TO MY AGENT

AND SAYING, YOU'VE GOT TO

GET ME A JOB.

I JUST PAID MY RENT, AND I'M

VERY LOW ON CASH.

AND HE SAID, THERE ARE SIX

EPISODES OF "FULL HOUSE,"

AND WILL THAT GET YOU BACK.

AND THEN I WAS BROUGHT BACK

AND I AUDITIONED WITH JOHN

STAMOS, AND THEY SIGNED ME

FOR SIX EPISODES, AND I

ENDED UP STAYING FOR SEVEN

YEARS.

Reporter: SIX EPISODES

TURNED INTO SEVEN YEARS.

WHAT MADE THE SHOW SO

SUCCESSFUL?

IT WAS A CUTE SHOW AND IT

WAS FUNNY.

I THINK THE CAST GENUINE

THE -- WE HAVE A REAL LOVE

FOR EACH OTHER AND WE DO TO

THIS DAY.

THE MORALS ARE RIGHT.

THERE IS A MESSAGE IN EVERY

EPISODE.

YOU KNOW, HOW TO BE A GOOD

PERSON, HOW TO BE A BETTER

PERSON.

RIGHT FROM WRONG.

IT IS A GOOD MESSAGE.

Reporter: THOSE SAME

STANDARDS HAVE GUIDED LORI'S

CAREER CHOICES EVER SINCE.

THERE IS SOMETHING I

WANTED TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE

YOU'RE IN AN INDUSTRY THAT

CROSSES THE LINE MORALLY,

ETHICALLY, AND IN SO MANY

WAYS.

AND AS I UNDERSTAND IT,

YOU'RE A PERSON OF FAITH.

I DO BELIEVE IN GOD.

I WAS RAISED A CATHOLIC.

Reporter: HOW DOES THAT

AFFECT YOUR CHOICES AND WHAT

YOU DO?

BEFORE ME PERSONALLY,

BEFORE I EVEN HAD CHILDREN,

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 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.

Reporter: YOU'RE

MARRIED?

I AM.

Reporter: HOW LONG?

ROSS AND I HAVE BEEN

MARRIED OVER 16 YEARS.

Reporter: AND WHAT DOES

YOUR HUSBAND DO?

HE IS A CLOTHING

DESIGNER.

HE HAS A LINE AT TARGET.

Reporter: HOW DO YOU

MAINTAIN THE BALANCE OF

BEING A WIFE, A MOTHER OF

TWO GIRLS --

TWO GIRLS AND A BOY.

Reporter: TWO GIRLS AND

A BOY, AND TWO GIRLS THAT

ARE TEENAGERS?

YES.

14 AND 15.

YES, PLEASE.

Reporter: AND ALL OF

THE OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

THAT YOU HAVE?

WELL, IT IS CHALLENGING.

AND YOU GO DAY BY DAY.

I'M VERY LUCKY THAT WHEN I

AM IN VANCOUVER WORKING, MY

HUSBAND, THEIR DAD, IS

AROUND AND HE IS WITH THEM.

THEY ALWAYS HAVE A PARENT

WITH THEM 24/7.

WE TAG TEAM VERY WELL, MY

HUSBAND AND I.

Reporter: LORI'S MOST

RECENT PROJECT WAS THE

SERIES "WHEN CALLS THE

HEART," WHERE SHE PLAYED AB

ABIGAIL STANTON, AND IT WAS

A HUGE HIT FOR THE HALLMARK

CHANNEL.

Reporter: DO YOU HAVE

ANY SENSE IT IS GOING TO

LAST SEVEN YEARS?

OH, MY GOODNESS, FROM

YOUR LIPS TO GOD'S EARS, AS

THEY SAY.

Reporter: WOULD YOU

WANT THAT?

I REALLY DO LOVE THE

SHOW.

I BELIEVE THE SHOW IS A

GREAT FAMILY SHOW.

I THINK ITS HEART IS IN THE

RIGHT PLACE.

Reporter: WHAT'S THE

ESSENCE OF IT?

THE ESSENCE OF IT IS

FAITH, MORALS, IT'S

COMMUNITY.

Reporter: HOW DO YOU

ADAPT TO A CHARACTER THAT

LIVED A HUNDRED YEARS OR SO

AGO.

THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS

I LOVE ABOUT BEING AN

ACTRESS, IS YOU GET TO USE

YOUR IMAGINATION AND BE

CHILD-LIKE AGAIN IN THAT

WAY.

AND HERE YOU HAVE, LIKE, THE

WARDROBE AND THE SETS AND

THE PROPS.

IT'S GREAT FUN, ACTUALLY.

FOR MY CHARACTER, IT IS A

JOURNEY ABOUT STARTING OVER

AND FINDING YOUR PURPOSE IN

LIFE, AND HAVING FAITH AND

THROUGH ADVERSITY, PUSHING

THROUGH AND FINDING THE JOY

IN LIFE AGAIN.

Reporter: DO YOU FEEL

LIKE IN YOUR LIFE THAT MAYBE

THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU,

THAT GOD HAS DIRECTED YOUR

STEPS, INTO THE KINDS OF

THINGS THAT YOU LOVE DOING

AND FIT INTO A CHARACTER

LIKE THIS?

YES, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY

THAT THAT PERSON WHO STEPS

BACK AND SAYS, I KNOW WE'RE

GOING TO WORK THIS OUT.

IT'S GOING TO WORK OUT.

AND I KNOW YOU'VE GOT MY

BACK.

Reporter: YOU PRAY?

I DO PRAY.

OH, YEAH.

OH, YEAH.

Reporter: SLIGHT CHANGE

OF SUBJECT.

I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE AN

INTEREST IN ISRAEL?

I HAVE BEEN TO ISRAEL,

YES.

Reporter: WHAT WERE

YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF ISRAEL

UPON YOUR ARRIVAL THERE?

I THOUGHT THE PEOPLE WERE

AMAZING IN ISRAEL.

I THOUGHT THEY WERE JUST SO

LOVELY.

LISTEN, THEY'RE OVER THERE

IN THIS WAR ZONE, AND I

CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT IT MUST

BE LIKE TO LIVE LIKE THAT

DAY IN AND DAY OUT.

THEY JUST WANT TO BE A

PEACEFUL NATION, AND YET

YOU'RE ALWAYS BEING DRAGGED

IN.

AND SO I THINK THAT ANY

SUPPORT THAT THEY GET FROM

OTHER NATIONS IS SO

IMPERATIVE AND IMPORTANT.

TO THEM.

Reporter: DID IT EFFECT

YOUR LIFE?

IT IS PRETTY POWERFUL

WHEN YOU'RE ON THE TOURS AND

YOU'RE GETTING THE HISTORY

OF THE BIBLE, WHERE JESUS

APPEARED AFTER HE WAS

RESURRECTED.

IT IS PRETTY POWERFUL.

Reporter: HOW LONG DO

YOU WANT TO REMAIN AN

ACTRESS?

YOU'LL BE A WIFE AND A

MOTHER FOREVER.

I THINK WIFE AND MOTHER

IS DEFINITELY MY PRIORITY,

YOU KNOW.

AND I THINK FOR ME, I LOVE

WHAT I DO, AND IF I CAN DO

IT UNTIL I TOOK MY LAST

BREATH, I WOULD BE REALLY

HAPPY, DOING PROJECTS, OF

COURSE, THAT I WANT TO DO.

Reporter: RIGHT.

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