Actress Candace Cameron Bure is a Christian who passionately spoke about her faith in Jesus, her life, career and the conclusion of "Fuller House" in an interview with "The Pure Flix Podcast."
Listen to the episode and find the transcript below:
TRANSCRIPT OF PURE FLIX'S INTERVIEW WITH CANDACE CAMERON BURE:
Billy Hallowell: I want to welcome Candace Cameron Bure to the show again, a good friend of mine and somebody who I think is a great example of a Christian living and working in Hollywood and really setting, I think, a fascinating and important standard by having a presence there and having her faith just shine through. It's who she is. So I had a chance to recently head out to California for some things to film and headed over the Warner Brothers studio and had a chance to see the set of Fuller House and to sit down with Candace and catch up on faith and so much more. So you can hear that conversation with Candace right now. So, Candace, how's it going?
Candace Cameron Bure: It's going great.
Billy Hallowell: And you're busy.
Candace Cameron Bure: Very busy, happily busy.
Billy Hallowell: How do you -- I ask you this all the time as I see you on Instagram. You're all over, you're filming. How do you how do you balance it?
Candace Cameron Bure: I have more and more people working for me right now.
Billy Hallowell: Having a good team is key too.
Candace Cameron Bure: It is true. I've done so much of it on my own by myself for so many years. But as. As I've grown, as my business has grown and my brand has grown, so as my company and the amount of people that now work for me. So it takes a lot of takes, a lot of people. So it that's the only way I can do it. And then, of course, I have great support at home, but my kids are also, they're moving out, like all of them, I am going to officially be an empty nester this year, which is totally crazy. But that gives you some perspective because people know I have kids, but it's not like I have little ones running around. I have adult children now that are actually leaving the nest. So there is less responsibility at home. And my husband is very supportive and wonderful. And, you know, it all works out.
Billy Hallowell: So are you prepared for the empty nest?
Candace Cameron Bure: I'm not. It's I feel like. people don't talk about it enough, especially as women. Maybe there are people that talk about it, but I haven't heard.
Billy Hallowell: It's hard.
Candace Cameron Bure: And I know I know I'm a busy person, so, my time will be occupied ... It doesn't make the hurt go away or the empty feeling like, oh, my kids are gone, my house just it feels and I don't have a full house at home.
Billy Hallowell: Oh, look at that.
Candace Cameron Bure: It is. It is a little bit hard, although the advice that I've gotten from a few people, they say. Yeah, it's hard when your kids go off to college and they leave. But then, trust me, they come back and they still want you to do their their laundry to cook for them and then you'll want them out of the house for real.
Billy Hallowell: I knew that you were gone and you need to now be gone. We're good here.
Candace Cameron Bure: So that's what I keep hearing. But it was a little bit of a shock because my youngest is still in high school, but he is going to play hockey on the East Coast for high school. And he's so excited to do that. And it's a great opportunity, so we wanted him to be able to do that. But I wasn't quite expecting for him to be gone this year.
Billy Hallowell: So it's a little shocking, but you're busy. And right now you are finishing up Fuller House, Season Five.
Candace Cameron Bure: We just kind of got well, we're in the middle of the season. Not quite finishing up because we go till the end of the year to film our season. Season five.
Billy Hallowell: So obviously Full House, the original show. Huge, huge show. And you got another five seasons of the show and Fuller House. What was it like to kind of reunite with everybody -- get to be back with a lot of the team again and experience that all over again?
Candace Cameron Bure: It's been one of the biggest joys of my life. All of us have always been friends over the years. We've been a super close bunch, but never did I think we were gonna be working together again. And so I get to go to work with my best friends. And over these five seasons, we've become closer and closer, which makes the fact that it's ending harder and harder. ... I've said it many times but of all the things that I do, it really is my favorite job. And it's because of the people I work with. Andrea Barber, Jodie Sweetin, all of our our crew that we have and the rest of the cast -- they mean so much to me and it's hard to think about not being with them every day, but they are joys of my life. They are truly my family. And so clearly I had a rough year because my kids are leaving, the show is ending.
Billy Hallowell: I mean, it's really cool you got that second chance, too, that you all had a chance to come back and do the show for a new generation, right?
Candace Cameron Bure: Yes. And I would I would do it all over again knowing that it would have to end because it's been such an incredible journey and an incredible friendship. And I've gotten to play this character that I've known for literally 30 years of my life. I love D.J. Tanner and I love playing her and I think for some people and some actors, they might think like, oh my gosh, the same character, or you're doing a show if even if you're on Broadway, you're doing a play. But you do the same thing over and over and over. Doesn't it get boring? Don't you want to play someone new? And I think to myself, D.J. Tanner is like my best friend or my sister. No, I don't want to get rid of her. I, I want to be with her for the rest of my life. So I love playing her.
Billy Hallowell: Do you think there's ever a chance there could be another sort of reboot of some sort?
Candace Cameron Bure: I am hoping for it. I am not I'm not going to let it go. Jodie and Andrea and I joke that we say, listen, if anything, we're just going to do Fullest House in Jodie's garage. We're going to make up our own story!
Billy Hallowell: It's going to be on Instagram Live or something!
Candace Cameron Bure: Never say never!
Billy Hallowell: You never thought probably in a million years that it would be back in this form. Right. So.
Candace Cameron Bure: I would love to in another 10 years, do the Golden Girls version with Jodie and Andrea.
Billy Hallowell: When you just look at the way TV has gone in streaming and who knows where it'll be in 10 years. ... All right. So one thing about you that I've always loved is your faith and your faith walk and how you always consistent consistently live that out in public. And you've never compromised it. And you've always openly discussed it. But in a way that is natural. Right. It's not like, you know, beating people over the head with your faith. You talk about it when you're asked about it. You bring it up. But it's just that's how we should sort of be doing it. I think it's a great example. How have you consistently been able to do that, like, live it out openly in an appropriate way without compromising yourself?
Candace Cameron Bure: Well, I appreciate all the things that you said in the way that I do it, so thank you for saying that. But it's not something I think about regularly, and that's why it's a difficult question for me to answer, because I'm not methodical about it. I'm not trying to sit there and figure out how do I best do this. My faith is just my life. It's a part of it. It naturally flows from me and I feel like I've navigated my entire career differently than most people have because ... the goal for me isn't necessarily the next project or making more money or being a bigger star. I've always chosen the things that are true to me and the things that I want to do. And if I can't do those, then I'm willing to say, OK, I can either try it another way or this isn't right for me or I'll create another way to be able to do it, because ... I've never been willing to say yes and compromise myself. I've said so many more no's in my life, as far as my career goes, then yesses. And so I've just kind of done it my way. And that's how my faith has played a part in it. And I'm glad that people have respected it within my industry and the people that I've worked with and obviously the fans that have shown up and watched what I do. And those are all wonderful things. But I just can't not not be who I am.
Billy Hallowell: It is who you are. ... that's why I love that response. Because I do think sometimes we can overthink. You know, how are we gonna be... who are we going to be. Let's just live it. That's who you are and that shines through. People can respect that -- it's authentic. And that's why I think it works for you. Because you're just being yourself. So I think we sometimes overplay our hand as Christians. You know, as Christians like, oh, we have to walk in and everyone needs to know that we're Christians and everyone that they're gonna see it through the way you live and who you are. Right. So now another thing I think a lot of people obviously know that you talk about your faith -- they hear you speak about it, but just your faith journey as just a young person, you know, working in Hollywood, because you were working in Hollywood and you had fame before, you had really fully embraced Christianity.
Candace Cameron Bure: Yes, because I've been working since I was five years old -- virtually my whole life. And I didn't start going to church until I was 12 years old. That's when my family started going to church because I wasn't raised up in a Christian family. And we started going to church because my parents thought they might want to get a divorce, and a friend of our family had invited the family to go to church. And that's what ultimately helped reconcile my parents marriage. Now they just celebrated 50 years. ... That started my my faith journey, and I I became a Christian and I say I became a Christian by asking God to be my Lord and savior at 12 years old. But I didn't actually start digging into my faith. It didn't become my own until I was in my early 20s. And that's when I had kids, and I started thinking about my relationship with God and how I wanted to raise my kids. And I knew I believed in Jesus and the Bible, but I never really read the Bible. I didn't really go to church anymore. But all of those things changed when I got married and became a mom and I needed to decide how I was going to live my life and how it was going to raise my family. And that's when it changed. And a huge influence was my brother, Kirk, which I'm sure a lot of listeners know who my brother Kirk is. And he had given me a book by Ray Comfort that was called The Way of the Master at the time... And that book was a really big influence in my life because I had lived more with an understanding -- I just always thought I was such a good person. So I I truly never understood my meaning, my need for Jesus. I just felt like, well, I'm really good. I do a lot of good things. I give to charity, and my good works are what are really saving me. It's not really because I'm a bad person. So I don't really need Jesus. But I believe in Jesus. So I'm totally covered. ... And that's how I felt in my teen years and my very early 20s. And it wasn't until I read that book that shared the gospel with me in light of the Ten Commandments, in light of God's standard of goodness, not just the world's standard of goodness. And it was then for the first time that I actually saw myself as a sinner in need of Jesus, Jesus's saving grace to save me from God's wrath, to save me from the judgment, to reconcile me to God. And I never got that before, just because I thought I was such a good person. And that's when it changed for me. And I prayed that day when literally the light bulb went on in my head. I went huh, I get it, I totally get why I need Jesus now. And I prayed, God, do not let this fire ever go out from under me. I pray that I will I will live my life for you, that you will teach me and mold me into the woman that you want me to be and how you want me to raise my family and what kind of wife you want me to be to my husband and what kind of leader or pillar in my community I can be for you to reflect who you are. And that was my prayer that day. I mean, I remember it so strongly and I can sit here almost 20 years later or actually. Yeah, 20 years later and say God has not ever let go of that promise of the prayer that I prayed to him.
Billy Hallowell: And you stayed rooted to that truth, that baseline.
Candace Cameron Bure: And I have. Right. It's not that I just prayed the prayer and then was like, oh, I'll just keep living my life. I had to dig into the word of God.
Billy Hallowell: And that's the thing -- I think a lot of times and I think I've thought this in the past, like, oh, you say the prayer and then I'm a Christian and it's like, but no. The process of being Christian is living it out after the prayer. Right. Like, our prayers are a starting point. OK. Lord, help me, guide me, you know. You make your promise to God. You got to move forward from there.
Candace Cameron Bure: You have to do the work. It's just like anything. If you want to be successful or you want to be a good parent, you have to do the work. So it's the same thing. And by doing the work, I believe it's being in the word of God. You have to read the Bible. You have to study it. And for me, practically, that is being in a Bible study so I can talk it out with people, hear different points of views or maybe things that I'm missing. I listen to different sermons online. Obviously, I go to church, listen to my pastor and I read other books. And then what I love when I read other books that are Christian content I love trying to read it through the lens -- especially authors that I'm not certain or certain about their theology -- I really try to read that book and say, does this completely line up with the Bible? And let me read it side by side. So when they're quoting something, I'm actually going to go turn to my Bible, maybe I'm going to read some additional commentary by another pastor to see if this lines up in its effort, and it is it's a lot of effort and, you know, some seasons I do it more than others. Some seasons I'm like, OK, I'm just all I can do is read my Bible. I don't have time to dig in a little deeper at this very moment, but that is the work and over over the years, you learn. And the more and more I learn, the more I realize you know very much. And the more grateful I am for the grace of God.
Candace Cameron Bure: There's so much that I encounter the Bible. I'm like, I never saw it that way before, you know? OK, well, what does that really mean? And so I find myself going down these rabbit holes of reading Matthew Henry's commentary. I'm like, OK, what were they saying in the 1800s. How were people processing this? What does it really mean? But I think that's important -- I think we have to do that, so we understand, you know, and I kind of don't stop until I get an answer. If I'm seeing something I'm not understanding. Well, OK, I pray about it. Like, that's how I used to do. I would just kind of read or do devotionals and not really read the Bible. And so since earlier this year, I've been like every morning I have to read whether it's like 4:30 the morning, whatever I have to do before chaos with the kids starts and work starts. So it's I've got to put that time in. But it changes everything when you do that. It really does.
Candace Cameron Bure: It really does. And that's what keeps me motivated. I'm sure that's what keeps you motivated. Anyone who reads the Bible on a daily basis knows that. You recognize and you realize so much more that you don't want to live without that. But if you don't even start and you don't know and put that work in, you will never understand how present God is in your life, how much God shows you in your life, how much he gives direction -- unless you're doing the work. I don't ever want to be separated from that. And that's what keeps me motivated to keep digging in.
Billy Hallowell: And sometimes your truth becomes the truth you live by, which is very dangerous. And that's something that, you know, I've tried to be very aware of. Am I seeing something from my lens and not really understanding?
Candace Cameron Bure: Because we can so easily be deceived and deceive ourselves. It's so easy to hear something from someone, well that sounds good. That sounds so nice. But it's not the truth.
Billy Hallowell: OK. I have to let you go because I know you have to run. But one last question for you. And I feel like I torture you with this question every time. We saw you on The View and you haven't done a lot of political commentary since --.
Candace Cameron Bure: The View feels like a lifetime ago...
Billy Hallowell: Do you think you'll ever see yourself again in that sort of position where you're talking through issues of the day, similarly to the way you were on The View?
Candace Cameron Bure: Right now, I don't know. I haven't thought about it. I have so much I'm doing right now that I'm really enjoying and so getting getting back into talking about political issues. No one can see my face except you and I'm cringing right now.
Billy Hallowell: Just in time for 2020 ... Don't do it.
Candace Cameron Bure: That is not at the top of my list right now. But it doesn't mean that in 10 years I might not do that. Or five years. I don't. I can't. I don't know that far into the future. But right now, in the immediate over the next couple of years, I don't plan on getting back to that. [...]
Billy Hallowell: We will leave it at that. Thank you so much for coming on today.
Candace Cameron Bure: You're welcome! Thanks for having me.