A whole generation of Americans knows Lori Loughlin as Aunt Becky from the classic sitcom Full House. Lori’s latest project is Hallmark Channel’s When Calls The Heart, a drama set in a 19th century Canadian coal town. Lori spoke with DIRECTV about her experiences on the series and the possibilities of a Full House reunion.
When Calls the Heart is set in a 19th-century Western coal town. Do you think you would be able to survive in the conditions that your character has to? We know that we couldn’t do it.
Some days I think I could live in the early 1900s, but then there are days where I think, no way. I do love the costumes. And one great thing about the show, even though it takes place in a small town in 1910, it really is about the relationships and the people of Coal Valley that come together, and really help each other survive.
James Brolin guest stars in the season finale of When Calls the Heart. Did you have the chance to work with him much?
I did work with Jim. He is such a great person and actor. He plays the role of Circuit Judge Jedidiah Black, who comes to Coal Valley to bring justice to the town. You’ll have to watch the season one finale to see, but he has such a fun part and I was blessed to work with him.
The scenery in When Calls the Heart is absolutely gorgeous. Are you ever tempted to just move out to the country full time?
They built a whole town for us in Vancouver, Canada, and it is gorgeous! I think the scenery is just stunning but I love living in Southern California with my family.
Most of your recent work has been in drama, but your best-known role is from a comedy. Is there a particular genre that you prefer?
I am fortunate to have played so many roles, and my favorite job was Aunt Becky on Full House. It was just magic working together with the entire cast and crew. And the entire team on When Calls the Heart is a big family too. I don’t think it’s a genre [that I prefer], but just being fortunate to have such amazing people to collaborate with my entire career has really brought a joy to acting for me.
Every few months, we get our hopes up after people on the Internet swear that a Full House reunion is going to finally happen. Can you just go ahead and do the reunion so we can stop spamming our Facebook friends about it?
Well, every now and then we do get together. Last summer I was on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show with John [Stamos] for a bit of a reunion moment. For John Stamos’s 50th birthday party most of us were together. And it was fun to see John Stamos, Bob Saget, and Dave Coulier together on the Super Bowl commercials. I’ve recently seen Candace Cameron Bure at some Hallmark Channel events so at times we have our mini reunions and stay in touch regularly.
The season finale of When Calls the Heart airs Saturday, March 29 at 9/8c on Hallmark Channel.