The actress has has come a long way since her days of battling addictions to alcohol and meth. Jodie opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about how she was “able to turn everything around,” and how motherhood has transformed her into “a better person and happier inside.” The thoughtful actress goes on to talk about her return to school to become a certified drug and alcohol counselor: “I thought that after everything that I’ve been through, I’d like to turn it into something positive.” Read on about Jodie’s sweet daughters, Zoie, 3, and Beatrix, 14 months, and their holiday plans.
CBS: How is baby Beatrix?
JS: “She is fantastic! She’s 14-months-old now and she is walking – not well! She’s still a bit wobbly. But she’s working on it and makes her way about half-way across the living room now before she plops down.”
CBS: And tell us about Zoie.
JS: “She’s 3 1/2 and started preschool this September and she’s just loving it! We just went to her Halloween party and saw all the costumes and went to the parade and all that fun stuff they do in preschool now. It’s so adorable! She’s getting big now — she’s actually tall for her age. It’s just so fun to watch them grow up.”
CBS: Do the girls get along well?
JS: “They do. I was an only child, so it’s interesting to watch the dynamic of, ‘Mine,’ and, ‘Give me that.’ If the baby is playing with something, it suddenly becomes 10 times more interesting to Zoie and she has to have it. The baby is too little so when Zoie takes it, Beatirix just goes, ‘Okay whatever.’ But I can just see that soon enough Beatrix is going to want it back, and there’s going to be an argument, and it’s going to be, ‘Mom…’ But for the most part, they get along pretty well.”
CBS: Sounds like you’re a busy mama!
JS: “Oh, yes! That’s for sure. I volunteer at Zoie’s preschool too, so I’m pretty busy doing that. And now I’m back to work and I’m going to school as well. Things are busy, but really good.
I’m getting my certificate to become an alcohol and drug counselor. I thought that after everything that I’ve been through, I’d like to turn it into something positive. At this point, I’m not really sure if I’ll do with my certificate. I could work at different facilities, I could use it in my public speaking. There’s a lot of things that it could open doors for me if I decided to really focus on that and really get into it. It’s just one of those things that I just thought, ‘I’ve been through so much,’ and I thought that it would be a positive thing to make out of everything and hopefully be able to help some people as well.
I’m also shooting a new web series, and I’m also still auditioning because I still want to act too.”
CBS: Has motherhood helped you transform your life?
JS: “I went through some tough stuff and now I’m centered on mommy life. I was able to turn everything around. It’s been a really positive experience for me now. Motherhood changed my priorities. And you grow up a lot when you have kids — hopefully! For me, it was a huge motivator for me. I found myself becoming a different person; a better person and happier inside. I became happier with the simple things in life and I think that’s a direct result of being a mom and all the growth that has happened since then. For me, motherhood really helped change everything in my life, in a wonderful way.”
CBS: Tell us about your new web series, Can’t Get Arrested with your old Full House costar Dave Coulier.
JS: “It’s about us taking advantage of the press and using it to help ourselves and help our friends. The first episode premiered on October 31st. It starts out with Dave and I out for lunch. And then we get photographed by the paparazzi. They find our lunch to be too boring, so they photoshop a wardrobe malfunction on me and it gets lots of press. I’m like, ‘I can’t believe they’re doing this; this is terrible.’ And Dave sees an opportunity in this. So at the end of the first episode it’s us going, ‘Well, you know, maybe all this press isn’t such a bad thing. Maybe we can use this to our advantage and turn it into something.’
Other people have joined in. Dennis Haskins – who most people know as Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell – approaches Dave and says, ‘Hey, you got all this press for Jodie. Is there anything you can do for me?’
And Candace Cameron Bure comes in in one of the episodes and asks for our help, and there’s some conflict on whether or not we’re going to help her. There’s just some really fun, over-the-top and outlandish things where we manipulate the press to do what we want.
It’s very much like Curb Your Enthusiasm where we play ourselves, but most of it is not at all related to the truth. It’s funny because there’s an article that came out about the show. It said something like, ‘Guess who locks lips in a new web series? She’s no longer playing Uncle Joey’s niece!’ It was completely fabricated and we had to laugh and say, ‘See, this is what happens.’ ”
CBS: Will you get your girls involved in the show?
JS: “I don’t think so. I’ll take them to kid-centered events every now and again. Maybe a kid movie premiere, a Halloween party or something like that. But most of the time I like to keep their lives separate from that. They’re so little and it’s not their choice to be in the spotlight. If I want to do the acting thing, that’s one thing. But I try to keep their lives separate.”
CBS: How do you feel when the paparazzi photograph you when you’re out and about with the girls?
JS: “I don’t mind it when they’re not intrusive. And it doesn’t happen too often, which is nice. I can only imagine that when some celebrities go out with their kids, they get completely mobbed. But I’ll be out with the girls sometimes at the mall or out to dinner and there will be someone taking pictures. At first you’re really protective. Your mother bear instinct come in and you’re like, ‘My baby, my baby.’ You don’t want anyone invading them. But most of the time it’s okay and they’re off taking pictures in the distance.
I always worry that I’m going to be doing something stupid like scratching my nose or taking a big bite of food or something like that. And they always take pictures when I’m out in sweats or something like that!”
CBS: The Full House family sounds like it’s still one big happy family!
JS: “Yes! Candace did two episodes on the web series. And I actually just saw her at an event last night with John Stamos called Mothers to Mothers. It’s a really great event that works with pediatric AIDS in Africa. We see each other pretty often – Bob [Saget] and Lori [Loughlin] too. We get together for people’s birthdays, different holidays — it’s a nice family environment that has continued on.”
CBS: What are your upcoming holiday plans?
JS: “We do Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, New Years — all sorts of celebrations coming up! Thanksgiving is the next one coming up and I was saying we’ll have turkey and apple pie. Zoie said, ‘That’s my favorite! I love turkey and strawberry pie!’ Three-year-olds are always saying something is their favorite and they’ve never had it! And now with every commercial that comes on, she says, ‘Mommy I want that for Christmas.’ ”
CBS: Do you love to read with your girls? If so, what’s your favorite cuddle book?
JS: “We love to read! We have story time every night before bed. It’s about twenty minutes and they get to pick three books. Usually it’s the same ones. We have Goodnight Moon. But Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton is their favorite. It’s really cute and has a song – it’s our favorite cuddle book before bedtime. The baby loves her first-words-books. I’m a big reader myself, so I love reading to the girls. That’s a really big thing for me.”
CBS: We can’t help but ask if you have a wedding date planned.
JS: “We don’t right now. We’ll get to it eventually. Maybe once Beatrix is walking a little more steady, she can be our flower girl! We’ll see!”