The two spoke about her upbringing as an adopted child star and her time on “Full House.”
Sweetin was adopted at 14-months old and says it’s one of the most pivotal moments in her life.
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“It would be when I was adopted at 14 months old. That completely changed the trajectory of my life. Being cast on “Full House” at five, and then having my first daughter at 26. Those three things changed everything about my life,” she said.
Jodie speaks about her “Full House” days
Here’s the crazy thing, Sweetin didn’t even audition for “Full House.”
She got the life-changing job after making a guest appearance “Valerie” with Valerie Harper and Jason Bateman.
“I did one episode of that show and it was for the same producers and same company that were creating “Full House” at the time,” she explained. “They saw me and said, ‘That’s Stephanie,’ and cast me on Full House. I always say, I wound up exactly where I was supposed to be. Of course, everything in my life changed after that.”
After rising to meteoric fame at such a young age, Sweetin did struggle with her mental health and addiction.
The child star struggled with drug and alcohol addiction
She opened up about her alcohol addiction in her 2009 memoir, “UnSweetined.” She revealed she drank two bottles of wine at Candace Cameron and Valerie Bure’s wedding when she was just 14-years-old.
This would set her life on a dark road to recovery.
Sweetin also struggled with drug addiction. She used to do ecstasy, cocaine, crystal meth among other drugs.
She has since worked on her recovery and sobriety, but the pandemic really took a toll on her mental and physical health.
Sweetin revealed that she lost 37-pounds during the pandemic because she is a “stress starver.”
Jodie admits she became a “stress starver” during the pandemic
“I know I was a mess during the pandemic. I was not a fully functioning person. It was awful,” Sweetin admitted. “I lost almost 37 pounds, because I’m a stress starver.”
She explained it wasn’t a good way to lose weight, it was dangerous.
“I just stopped eating. I couldn’t keep food down. I’ll be really honest about it; the pandemic was not good for me. I have severe anxiety and depression anyway, so it really didn’t do any favors for my mental health. I really struggled with it and for me it was a time of feeling really out of control and again I can’t imagine how it affected people who were working on the front lines,” she confessed.
Sweetin went on to say that her biggest focus right now is to continue to work on her mental health and the destigmatization of it for others.