When Fuller House comes back this month, it won't be the most nostalgic thing to happen in the Full House fandom. That's because earlier this month, it was revealed that show creator Jeff Franklin bought the real house in San Francisco. His first order of business was having the cast of Fuller House promote the new season of the Netflix hit at the actual house (well, sort of: the exteriors were shot at the house, while the interior is on an LA set). In front of the San Francisco Victorian, I chatted with original Full House cast members Bob Saget and Dave Coulier, who expressed as much, if not more, nostalgia for being with their costars at the house.
POPSUGAR: What are the feelings being at this house, the real Full House house?
Dave Coulier: Well, it's 30 years later. I don't know how many shows get to go back in time like this. They should have called it Full Circle, because that's kind of what we did. It's amazing to be back here, and there's such an emotional attachment that fans have to this house.
Bob Saget: We never saw it during the shooting. We never saw it. We did exterior shooting here for the titles years ago, when the show first started. We never saw this house — they put a camera here, and rented it out, and shot a Painted Lady house shot. This is the Painted Lady houses, right?
DC: No, those are in the park!
PS: Those are in Alamo Square.
BS: I understand now. I've been saying misinformation for years!
DC: He's disoriented. He just came here from Mars.
[Ed. note: To be fair, people have been making this mistake for years because of the confusing opening credits.]
BS: I actually was here in the house for a Conan segment about 10-12 years ago, where he knocked on the door and I answered the door and said that we never left the house. We all lived here when the show went off the air. The lady that lived here when I did [the Conan bit] would be an occasional fan. She's so happy she sold her house to Jeff Franklin, the producer, so she can go live her life. I felt bad that I was invading on her then, but she didn't care. But now, it's become a real tourist attraction.
PS: Because you shot on a set, is there no sense of nostalgia?
BS: There is if you look at the window treatments! The window treatments, it does match the outside. That window up there, it does match the girls' room window. But when you look at it inside, it's comparing a 1,000- or 1,500-square-foot house to a 7,000-square-foot set.
[It's actually closer to 4,000; see what the house really looks like on the inside.]
DC: For me personally, there's an emotional attachment, just because of all the cast. They're family — I've known Bob since I was 17 years old. There's a huge emotional attachment, you know; we're all back together again doing this show that we love, with people we really care about, and so there's a huge emotional attachment for me, being back. It's such a gift to be able to do this, and there's not many chances in life you get like this.
BS: I come back a few times a year — the average is three, is kind of the deal — and I look forward to it every single time. The cast has grown so much — the Thanksgiving episode I think has 400 people in it! I don't know how people can reproduce this much! I've never seen anything like it.
DC: It's because the house is [such] close quarters.
PS: What was your reaction that Jeff had bought this house?
BS: I was not surprised in the least. He told me he'd bought it months ago, and I was like, "OK." I thought, that's a nice place to take a date. "Hey, you want to see Uncle Jesse's room?"
PS: Do you feel like Danny Tanner could have afforded this house?
BS: 100 percent! Danny Tanner bought this house when he was probably 28 years old, which is 32 years ago. I'm 60. I was playing my age, which is really weird, that a 30-year-old guy was playing a guy with a 9- or 10-year-old daughter. So that means I was 20 with Pam, my widow.
PS: How is being together on this trip?
BS: I was just saying to Jodie Sweetin a few minutes ago, I saw her in the hotel lobby, and I walked up to her like, "That's really pretty, how does this look?" It's not like, "Oh it's so good to see you, I haven't seen you!" We really are like family. We behave like family.