A lot has changed for Lori Loughlin since "Full House" debuted in 1987. The actress is mother to two teenage daughters, who are making their modeling debut in the April issue of Teen Vogue, and Loughlin is now on a mission to work with Emergen-C and bring clean water to Ethiopia.
At the same time, things haven't really changed at all. The actress returned to set with the reboot "Fuller House," and told CBS News that it was as though she'd "never stepped away." Loughlin talked to CBS News about her charity work and what she has to say about "Fuller House" critics.
What's the 40 pounds challenge?
Basically, I did not know that 663 million people do not have access to clean drinking water. I was flabbergasted when I heard that, so that's why I wanted to be part of the campaign. Emergen-C has started a campaign with Charity: Water to raise awareness about the global water crisis.
Women and young girls are walking five hours a day finding and collecting water for their families, filling up Jerry cans that weigh 40 lbs. As a result, these women can't hold down a job, young girls aren't able to go to school and get an education, so that really hit home as a working mom with two teenage daughters.
Basically, we're asking people to upload a photo of themselves holding something that's 40 lbs., and use the hashtag #40lbs @emergenc and the Emergen-C brand will donate $5 for Charity: Water for every photo until June 23. That will go toward water wells in Ethiopia. In just one week, communities can have access to clean drinking water.
What was it like to reunite with the "Fuller House" cast? Had you been in touch with them over the years?
Oh my God, I hate them. I really hate them. It's torture. No! It was fun! It was really fun. We had a great time together, but we always had a good time together. Over the years, we all saw each other, so I think it was a little more surreal being back in that environment and on that old set together. It was surreal for a moment and then it was like we'd never stepped away.
Did you ever think there would be a reboot of "Full House"?
I don't think I ever gave it any thought. I don't think any of us wanted to do a reunion movie. It had to be the right project. It took them a long time to find a home for them adn I think Netflix is the perfect place -- it makes it even that much cooler.
Why is that?
Because Netflix is the way people are watching television, especially younger viewers.
How do you feel about some of the negative reviews that have been published after the show's airing?
I haven't read one. I don't even know what they are. Listen, critics didn't embrace it the first time. I think any critic that takes a swipe at "Full House" is like taking the family dog. The dog brings you joy and happiness and makes you forget your problems, and that's all "Full House" does. Literally, taking a potshot at that show is like taking the family dog.
John Stamos has said that the Olsen twins may come to Fuller House in season 2 and he doesn't want to give up on them. Do you feel that the show is incomplete without them?
I feel like the show is different only because it's 28 years later and everyone's changed. So it's different in that way, but it's very true to the original brand because Jeff Franklin is the creator of "Full House" and "Fuller House," but I definitely think time has marched on, as it should.