Candace Cameron Bure Interview
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Hallmark vet and Fuller House star wouldn’t say no to a fun soap opera role…

Candace Cameron Bure began her acting career at 6 with guest roles on TV series, but she progressed quickly to a career-making role on Full House, where she played D.J. Tanner from 1987 – 1995. More recently, she took another spin in the role in Netflix’s sequel series Fuller House, but she’s also carved a niche for herself making what she guesstimates is about 25 Hallmark Channel movies. Her latest feature is a return to form, as she plays the title character in Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: Heist and Seek on Sunday May 17 on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. She talked to about being “kick butt” as Aurora, yearning for a manicure, and the soap that kept her entertained for a decade.

Aurora Teagarden and Fuller House teasers You’re making your 13th appearance as Aurora with Heist and Seek. What makes her so much fun to play?
Candace Cameron Bure: I love Aurora because she’s got a lot of spunk and she’s a kick-butt kind of woman. She’s always two steps ahead of everyone. She also has a good team around her – but they’re always a little more concerned for her safety than even she is, because she’s relentless. In every movie there’s a little bit of stunt work because she always gets into a battle with a suspect or the actual killer, and I do 99 percent of the stuntwork myself. There’s a lot of me in her, and she has the drive I do.

Aurora Teagarden Mysteries Heist and Seek Hallmark You’re also an executive producer on the films. What did you hope to do differently with the role this time?
Bure: It’s pretty consistent, these films – they’re standalone movies, but you can watch them out of order. The surprise in this one – aside from the mystery – is that Aurora’s boyfriend tries to propose to her several times throughout the movie, and keeps getting interrupted. Overall, the movies are very consistent, and that’s one reason I think the fans like it. Fuller House wraps after its fifth season on Netflix later this year. What made returning to that show so special?
Bure: It’s been the biggest gift of my life to have another five seasons of Fuller House and to be back with my second family, these people I have grown up with and had friendships with for more than 30 years. It was sad to say goodbye. The new episodes release on June 2, and all I can say is have your tissues handy. There will be tears.

More: Fuller House promo teases familiar returns Why do you think the audiences loved the Tanners of Full/Fuller House so much?
Bure: It’s all about heart. That’s what it comes down to. This is a show that’s not a traditional family – it’s about the people who love you, who stick with you through good and tough times. It’s a sitcom that’s wrapped in a pretty bow in 30 minutes, but people love that. People who don’t come from homes like that – it gives them hope and they feel love. I hear a lot of children and parents say they get advice from the show on really simple topics. It gives them food for thought about how to handle their relationships at home or how to make decisions based on the outcomes in Full House or Fuller House.

Days of our Lives fan for 10 years Have you now, or have you ever been a soap opera fan?
Bure: When my kids [Natasha, 21; Lev, 20; Maxsim, 18] were young, and I lived in Calgary – my husband [Valeri Bure] was playing hockey for the Calgary Flames – I would watch Days of our Lives every single day. I’d put them down for their naps and sit and watch my show. I watched for probably a good ten years. But now I barely watch TV at all! So might you one day want to appear on a soap?
Bure: It’s not on my radar, but hey, never say never! Especially if there was a fun thing to do. How are you coping in quarantine?
Bure: It’s going okay. Some days are tough, and I’m frustrated and antsy. Here in LA they just extended the quarantine through July. But as far as the big picture, I’m home with my husband and kids and we’re healthy and safe and that’s what’s important. I’m enjoying the family time I have and keeping up with work until things open again.

More: Read Aurora Teagarden Mysteries recaps filled with danger What’s the first thing you want to do once we’re all released?
Bure: I want to get a manicure-pedicure so desperately. I’m champing at the bit to get to the nail salon. It’s all about self-care!

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