If you didn’t already plan to spend your weekend binge-watching Fuller House, it’s time to cancel your plans. The follow-up to the beloved '80s and '90s sitcom Full House just hit Netflix today, delivering 13 brand-new episodes packed with tons of Tanner family bonding. Three of the show’s stars—Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber (aka DJ Tanner, Stephanie Tanner, and Kimmy Gibbler)—stopped by InStyle’s New York City offices earlier today, and we got the scoop on all things Fuller House. But first, we asked them to spill their secrets for successfully binge-watching an entire series in one sitting.
For Sweetin, there are a few requirements before pressing play. “I make sure I have any snacks that I want, I get out my blanket, and I use the restroom,” she said. “I don’t want to leave when I go from one episode to the next. If I am in the middle of House of Cards—I am not getting up for any reason.” Sweetin definitely isn’t messing around when it comes to prepping for major one-on-one time with Netflix, and neither is Bure. “When I binge watch a show, I just want to be alone,” she said. “I usually do it after the kids have gone to bed, because I just want uninterrupted time.”
But for Barber, enjoying a TV marathon is all about having the right viewing buddy. “I need my poodle,” she said. “Kimmy Gibbler had a poodle in the show, and I have a poodle in real life. A little known fact: We binge watch shows together.” Scroll down to read our full interview.
From the '90s to now, how have each of your characters transformed, style-wise?
Andrea Barber: Kimmy Gibbler’s fashion style has gotten even better, believe it or not. If it wasn’t outrageous enough 30 years ago, it’s gotten great. Her accessories are so on point. She has her bacon and eggs scarf. She’s got her donut purse. She has shark earrings that look like they are actually eating her ear lobs. I mean, this stuff is gold.
Jodie Sweetin: The cat kimono was my favorite. I loved that one! Steph’s style over the years has transformed a little bit. Less scrunchies and more flowing hair. She has a fun, edgier, world-traveled sexier style. I like it. She’s boho, not hippie.
Candace Cameron Bure: I feel like DJ was a trendsetter back in the day, and I would like to think she is still one as a mom. I think she’s a very hip working mom, but she is casual and comfy. Still, she’s always looking styled.
What is the one thing that each of you are glad your character left behind?
CCB: I am so glad that DJ left her shoulder pads behind in the '90s, because ain’t nobody got time for that.
AB: I am glad Kimmy left her braces behind. And her '80s perm.
JS: I am glad that Stephanie has left all of those scrunchies and half-up half-down side ponytails. It was cute then, but it’s not cute now.
CCB: They have somehow found the magic potion.
Have they shared their secret to looking young?
JS: Greek yogurt—and lots of workouts.
AB: Finding a workout you love, and taking care of your skin. Moisturize!
What are the biggest lessons that your characters have learned over the years?
AB: I think the biggest lesson Kimmy Gibbler has learned is loyalty, and especially staying loyal to her best friend. It says something when you’re loyal to people for that many decades.
CCB: I think the biggest lesson DJ has learned over the years is that it’s okay to not be able to do everything on your own. It is okay to ask for help. And sometimes Candace needs to hear that advice, too.
JS: I think Steph has learned that family is the most important thing, and that they are always there for you.
We imagine that you’ve had many memorable fan encounters. Do any stand out, in particular?
AB: I have a Kimmy Gibbler costume contest every Halloween, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year because people dress up as my character and get as wacky as possible.
CCB: My funniest story of a fan encounter was actually quite adorable. I wasn’t feeling well one day and I was having trouble breathing, so I had a little inhaler with me. I had just met a fan when I was started to feel like I was choking, so I took a puff of this inhaler. She was like, “You have asthma? I have asthma, too!” She was so excited to bond with DJ over having asthma.
JS: So often our fans come up to us and tell us how they think we’re a part of their family or they’ve grown up with us. It’s an incredible experience to realize that for 30 years—and now continuing on—we are a part of people’s lives and families.