Jodie Sweetin is taking stock of the life lessons her TV dad and dear friend, Bob Saget, has taught her.
Sweetin, 40, spoke on her conversation with Saget in a chat with her former Full House and Fuller House costar Lori Loughlin‘s daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, for Monday’s episode of her Conversations with Olivia Jade podcast.
“I understood that, when I had kids, you can joke with them, you can have real conversations,” said the actress, who played Stephanie Tanner, the middle daughter of Saget’s Danny Tanner, on Full House (1987-1995) and Fuller House (2016-2020).
She also recalls the late Saget “being really inclusive of his kids”: now-grown-up daughters Aubrey, Jennifer and Lara.
“He didn’t talk to them like they were idiots — and he did the same with me,” said Sweetin, who is mom to daughters Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11. “He treated me with respect as a young person, and so did John [Stamos] and Dave [Coulier].”
Sweetin also said that Saget, alongside costars Stamos, 58, and Coulier, 62, “brought a level of humor to my parenting that my kids are also inheriting” — something the actress joked with a laugh “is both good and bad.”
“I learned a lot from them, and I continue to,” she added.
On Jan. 9, Saget was found dead due to head trauma in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando, Florida, just one day after performing a stand-up show outside of Jacksonville. He was 65.
Sweetin wrote a tribute to the late costar on social media the following day, beginning her lengthy tribute, “There aren’t enough words to express what I’m feeling today. Nor are they big enough to capture even a slice of who he was.”
“One thing I do know, is that we never missed a chance to tell each other, ‘I love you,’ ” she continued, in part. “Every time we talked, there were at least 3 or 4 exchanged at the end of a conversation, whether it was text, phone call or in person. And he usually had to have the last word, ‘I love you more … ‘ “
“I would always say ‘you’re the best TV dad ever.’ And he was. I’ll miss you Bob. I’ll make sure and tell an inappropriate joke at your funeral. In your honor. I know you would’ve wanted that. But you were supposed to be here longer… How Rude,” Sweetin added, using her character’s signature line.
In February, Sweetin appeared on Good Morning America, where she spoke on what Saget taught her about coping with loss.
“One of the things I learned from Bob and, you know, even now in having to walk through his death and everything is how to laugh through some of the most painful moments of your life,” she said. “It’s something that carried me through so many times and so many things in my life.”
“He never lost the ability to laugh at himself, to laugh at his situation, to make fun of something that would otherwise feel like it was going to break you,” she continued. “That was Bob.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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