Interview with Candace Cameron Bure from Make It or Break It

Earlier this week I got the opportunity to interview Candace Cameron Bure, and let me just say that she is wonderful. Candace was really down to earth and sweet. I loved how someone came to her door while we were interviewing her, really proving how she lives her daily life just like the rest of us. We discussed her role as Summer on Make It or Break It, a little about her faith, and even touched on her days on Full House.

Make It or Break It returns on January 4th, with all new episodes and it appears that Summer is going to be taking a more prominent role in the show. Check out another interview here, to see what I’m referring to. (Warning: Interview does contain spoilers.)

I’ll let you know which questions were mine and maybe give some feedback on answers, but overall, just read and enjoy! 😀

K.Gold- “Hello, Candace. Thank you for talking to us today. I have to say I’m actually a Boulder, Colorado, native so your show really resonates with me. I grew up in that town and I love the show when I see it. The other question I have, I know you’re a Christian. You have one a character who promotes Christian values positively, which is really rare in this day of media. How do you feel about having that role, and did you have to fight to get your character, Summer, to have those values on the show?”

It was very interesting. I do hold a higher standard in some of the things I will do and won’t do. Some of that played into my character with Summer when we had created her, but originally I never asked if she was a Christian at all. That was something that after we talked, the producer decided it would be a great element to add to the show.
I was excited about that and it wasn’t something I was expecting. It’s been interesting for me because although I’m not Summer, we do hold a lot of the same views and opinions and values. It’s something I truly believe in, which is interesting as an actor, to really mean a lot of the lines that I’m saying and to believe in them.
I’m happy, being a Christian and portraying a Christian on television, and I want to make sure that it is a positive reflection of Christianity, unlike some of the views that we see in other characters on television shows that aren’t portraying Christianity so greatly. Anyway, it’s an exciting thing for me and I’m happy about it.

J. Steinberg- What is it about this show that you feel continues to draw in viewers?

I think it’s a well-written show and the storylines themselves, because there’s so much drama; there’s a lot of conflict and having it based around gymnastics is something that hasn’t been on TV yet. I think is quite interesting for the viewers. I know we have so many fans who are gymnasts or have been in the gymnastic world and they’re so excited and pleased that there’s a show representing some of the things that they’ve gone through their whole lives.
And, also, being a teen drama and discussing the life of what teens go through and the hardships and drama itself – that’s something that hooks you and keeps you wanting to come back for more, to see what happens.

J. Steinberg-What about the role continues to challenge you?

I’m having so much fun on the show and with this role. I mentioned before it is fun that I get to be a really positive person, and a go-to person for the girls in the gym if they want, especially for Lauren. I’m a stable figure that hopefully represents love and that’s a great character to be playing. It’s fun for me to be in much more of a motherly role and an adult role, obviously having been on TV as a child for so many years. That, in itself, makes it nice to come back to TV as a completely different person in the sense that I’m an adult.

T. Grant -Hello, Candace, thanks so much for being with us today. What I wanted to know is have you noticed any changes in your day-to-day life since the show premiered? You have a whole new fan base and then, again, with the fans that have followed you all these years, has that impacted you in a way that you’ve been able to notice?

I’m still recognized from Full House; I think I will be my entire and that’s still where the majority of my fans are from. It is pretty fun for me when some of the younger kids come p to me say, “Aren’t you that lady from Make It or Break It?” That tickles me to death.
I love having new fans that know me from this show – that’s always a fun thing, but I’m forever grateful and love my Full House fans. I guess I haven’t seen a huge, dramatic change in fans from being on the show. I think I’ve got a great group of core fans that have just followed me for a long time; it’s quite flattering and I’m appreciative of them all.

S. Fulghum- I just wanted to say it is great having you back on TV. I’m loving your character, Summer. I’d like to know what are the similarities and the differences between your personality and Summer’s.

We’re having fun because the show is so new and the characters are still developing so I’m learning a lot more about Summer as we’re diving into this back 10 [episodes] of the season. Something that I am not that Summer is is organized. We’ll see that Summer’s got her stuff together; she’s a bright woman, and she’s organized and she’s put together quite well. I guess being a mom of three I feel pretty dishevelled most days. I can’t remember my car keys or what I just walked out the door to get. I will just go completely blank. I think that’s one big difference.
Another difference is I’m happily married with three children and Summer is still looking for love. She’s never been married and obviously she just broke up from a serious relationship at the end of Episode 10. She’s still looking for love. There’re a lot of differences between us. But, I think the common factor is the Christian faith that we share.

I definitely agree. Also, your clothes on the show are just the cutest.

Thank you, I agree.

Do you have input on that or do you just have an amazing wardrobe?

It’s both, but we have an amazing costume designer, Mary Kate – that’s just funny, her name [laughs]. Well, Mary Kate is great and we talk a lot about the wardrobe, but I think because I’m the only one in the show who’s technically not a gym mom or one of the gymnasts, so she just gets to have a lot of fun with me and put me in great clothes. A lot of them are the designers and the type of clothes that I wear in my own life. I come out on stage every day and all the girls on the show check me out to see what I’m wearing. They say, “You have the cutest clothes on the show.” That’s totally all our costume designer and I give her props, she’s awesome.

K. Martinez- Hello, Candace, thanks a lot for taking the time. You took a five or six-year break from acting back in 2001. Coming back into it, having a familiar name is it an easy transition back for you into the work or did it feel like you were starting from scratch all over again?

No, Hollywood embraced me and gave me a very warm welcome back. When I decided to come back towork, it didn’t take long at all. It was basically a little reintroduction of, “Hey, I’m back,” and everyone wanted to see what I looked like. From what most people say, I pretty much look the same as I did even ten years ago. I haven’t aged too much.
Aside from people just seeing what I look like, it was a very warm welcome. The calls started coming in right away. I didn’t have to fight hard at all, which is a beautiful place to be; I’m grateful for it.

I wanted to ask you about what you said earlier in the interview. You said that you hold a high standard to choosing roles. Does it ever feel like you might be limited as an actress by doing this or is it not something you think about?

I definitely am limited, absolutely, but that’s okay. I’m the one that’s limiting myself and I’m limiting myself by choice. I want to do things that either will have a message at the end of the day, a good moral message, or things that will encourage people or families in a positive direction.
Not that everything is going to be perfect or everything’s happy; there are always struggles and conflict in television or movies and participating in those are great. I don’t have to do everything that holds the exact same viewpoint that I have, but at the end of the day, for me, I want it to have a positive reflection or redemption at the end of it, something learned from the situation. Yes, I’m limited, but that’s completely fine with me.

T. Rogers- You mentioned that being a mom of three gets you dishevelled. Does that help you play the scenes with Lauren, being a mother yourself?

I think being a mom and having the maturity and patience with children, that I can definitely draw on that when Lauren gives me those zingers of comments and lines. You have to take it all in stride and certainly I can feed off of that from being a mom.

R. Newcomb- Has your life been different than you imagined it would be?

That’s a big question. I honestly didn’t have huge dreams or goals for myself as a child. I wasn’t one of those kids that said, “I want to be an actress one day,” or “I want to be a doctor,” or the president or a nurse. I am a go-with-the-flow type of person. I live life every day and see where God takes me and try to be used in whatever place I’m in.
I’m certainly thrilled with my life and what’s become of it and feel incredibly blessed with the family that I have. I love being back at work. If you ask me what kind of life I would want, it’s exactly the one that I’m living. I’m incredibly grateful and thankful for it and excited to see what the future will hold.

S. Vonhalton-You were very successful as a child actress and have grown up to be a successful person. How did you escape the childhood curse and what would you suggest for those people out there now that are actors and actresses to help them avoid the curse?

I had a very grounded, supportive family that was holding my hand through every day of this business, which is what I attribute to the reason why I came out the way I did and avoided the curse, as you call it. I think it has everything to do with the people that are around you. Faith and my family has always been the focus and that’s what my parents instilled in me.
As for advice for the kids, it’s not so much for the kids, but for their parents or their support systems that are around. I’d like to tell them to be strong and be selfless in the sense that someone’s well being and safety comes first than getting the next big-paying job or to be in the spotlight and sacrificing part of yourself just to become more of a celebrity.
Like I said, I’ve always attributed it to my faith and my family. I think having stepped out of the business for a while and coming back into it I have another fresh perspective. You kind of just see it for what it is, which is that it’s a job. There’s celebrity that comes with it, but you’ve got to not pay attention to that part in the sense of thinking that it’s reality. We’re all human beings and we’re all equally valuable and should be treated that way.

E. Gilbert-I know you’re in the 9:00 timeslot and not the 8:00, but some of the storylines are a little mature. Does it ever concern you that you’re on a family channel and we can’t exactly let some of our younger kids watch some of the storylines?

Absolutely; I’m a parent and my children are 11, 9 and 7 years old. Make It or Break It is on ABC Family, but like you mentioned, it’s the 9:00 timeslot and does have a rating of + 14. Anyone that’s watching or any parents that are watching, which I hope parents are sitting down and knowing what their children are watching, would see that +14 in the upper corner of the television to know the rating.
Even with my children and me, it’s a major concern. I’m very aware of what they watch. Because the network itself has the word “family” on it, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for only younger children. I think ABC Family is very specific to different age groups within a family. The show itself, I TiVo because my kids want to watch it because I’m on it; they’re interested to see what Mom’s doing, but the show’s not entirely appropriate for my children.
I will sit with the remote in hand. There are certainly parts that my children can watch and that’s what we do. We sit with the remote and we watch the gymnastics parts and parts that I’m in that are fine, but when there are those teen conversations that talk about sex or things that are too mature for my children, we fast-forward through it.

E. Gilbert-That’s the exact same thing I do. One more question for you; back to your Full House days. Do you ever keep in touch with the cast?

Absolutely. I’m very close with Bob Saget and Dave Coulier. I just saw John Stamos last weekend. My family and I were in New York and we went and saw him in Bye, Bye Birdie on Broadway. I saw Andrea Barber just two nights ago. She came over to my house for a little Christmas party so we do keep in touch. The rest of the guys we try to see when we can. We’re close friends.

[Note from Me: I found myself wondering if she kept in touch with her TV ‘sisters’ 😉 ]

Ready for it? Here comes two of my questions for my very first interview, a moment of basking for me… Okay here we go! 😀

Megan- Summer worked really hard to get close to Lauren in the first part of the season. Now that Summer and Steve are over, how is that relationship going to be affected?

It’s definitely affected in a positive way. I think that Lauren’s had a change of heart with Summer. Now that Steve and Summer, broken up she seems to be seeing things differently. I think the viewers will be surprised that her attacks, so to speak, will be directed to new people and not Summer so much.

Megan-As a mom of a preschooler I just have to ask, “How do you do it?” You have three children, you have a wonderful marriage, and you still have time to do so well in your role as Summer. Any secrets?

I didn’t do it when I had a preschooler so don’t feel bad. I’m only doing this now because my children are all in school and fairly independent and can do homework on their own for the most part. It’s a hard balancing act, but I think those early years are such formative years and it’s so incredibly important to be there and not try to do it all. I think that’s why I survived because I wasn’t working at all when my kids were young.

[Note from Me: I really enjoyed how easy Candace was to talk to, and how real she was. I loved how she laughed when she said that she didn’t do it when she had preschooler, it made me feel better about days like today that seem never ending.]

K. Ackerly-So many young people are bombarded with a lot today. As you said your faith is very important to you and your brother, Kirk, your whole family. Do you have a particular Scripture that would be good for young people in need of guidance?

I love Philippians 4:13, which is, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” It’s one that I draw upon a lot because the word’s the truth. That’s just one of my favorite ones.

S. Fulghum-Before the series began, I actually got a chance to chat with all four of the Make It or Break It girls. They were absolutely stoked to be working with you. Do you find yourself mentoring them, kind of like a big sister? What is the relationship like?

They’re such sweet girls; I’ve been having so much fun getting to know them as people and as actresses and seeing what they do and their different styles, even their different levels of experience. It’s different for all of them. I try to be an example to them just by doing what I do, to be professional on the set and to know my lines and to be there when I’m asked to be there and not hold anything up. It’s nothing that I’ll sit down and talk to them about and to mentor in that way. They’re learning as well, but I think for me that’s the best way I can do that is just living that example for them. Hopefully they can reap some of my experience by seeing it.

T. Grant-I know you can’t give away too much about the upcoming episodes, but is there anything you can clue us into about what we should expect or something exciting that you remember from filming, anything like that?

I am so nervous about giving too much away; I’m fighting to say anything. There are some characters that are brought back that we’ve seen before. There are some brand-new characters that you’ll be introduced to. This season is following the wave of Kaylie having placed first at Nationals and then following the story of Payson, who is badly, badly injured and has been given a diagnosis to never compete again.
There’s fun, exciting travel on the show that you’ll see with the girls who are competing and, what’s brilliant that they’re doing, is really intertwining different relationships together. Some new characters will unexpectedly come together and I think… there, that’s it; that’s all I’m telling you.

[Note from Me: If you want a bit more spoilerish talk check out the link I posted about to E!Online.]

A. Boisvert-What has been your favorite episode to shoot so far?

I can’t tell you the one because you’ve got to wait for it. I think my favorite one, though, that you’ve seen was Episode 10, All That Glitters, and for me, the breakup with Steve. That was, I thought, just one of the best episodes that we have shot. This is probably a silly tidbit, but my wardrobe has been quite great, but Summer wore little dresses just about every episode. I was never, ever shown in pants and now that I will be helping out at the gym more, Summer has some fun looks that she’s wearing that are a little more casual, with jeans and boots. That’s been fun for me. I get to wear pants!

[Note From Me: I loved Episode 10, because the break up scene was pretty realistic. I really enjoyed how although Summer wanted to tell Steve to “go to H…” She just stopped at “and you can go to..” and walked out. It had a stronger effect that way. Great writing.]

Insert ANOTHER question about whether or not she keeps in touch with the Full House cast.. cue crickets chirping. … Seriously people, PAY ATTENTION! 😉

E. Dodi- Summer has stuck by Lauren through so much even as hard as Lauren’s tried to push her away. Why do you think Summer has stuck by her?

I think Summer is trying to represent what unconditional love is. I know that has a lot to do with her faith and God’s unconditional love for every one of us. I think Summer’s trying to live that out. It’s especially hard with Lauren because she hasn’t been nice to Summer. I think she’s been such a great example of being that love and the stability in her life that she sees that she needs. I think that Summer has really learned from her own past experiences in her life, having wished that she had someone like that in her life and now getting the opportunity to be that in someone else’s life.

What do you think she sees in Lauren that maybe other people don’t see?

I think there’s a little bit of that little-girl-lost type of thing that Lauren is so over top at times that a lot of times it’s really because the person is struggling so badly with their place in life or who they are or not feeling loved or accepted. It comes out in venomous ways sometimes. So I think that Summer can see that in Lauren that it’s probably a lot more insecurity than it is being a bad person.

You just alluded to the fact that Summer sort of has a past. Have you created a back-story in your mind for Summer that you use in the role?

There’s a little bit that was shared on one of the episodes when she had a serious talk with Lauren about her past and just finding love in all the wrong ways and trying to be accepted by pysical love and realizing that isn’t where it comes from. I’ve of course in my mind expanded a little bit upon that and having a back-story for Summer and even where she found her faith and drew upon that.Having talked with the producers and the writers on the show; we’ve kind of created a little bit more, but there’s still room for more development with Summer’s character. I’m always looking forward to seeing what the writers are going to do and to have the opportunities to talk with them about seeing more things like that come out through Summer.

[Note from Me: I remember that episode and basically Summer had been where Lauren was, as far as looking for sex and relationships with boys to fulfill herself, but then she found her faith and she became a differen woman. It was a powerful speech, perhaps the blogger hadn’t seen that episode.]

She’s such a great character. What would you say her dreams are or her goals?

I think Summer really wants to get married and have a family and have kids. She’s a very smart, organized woman and I think she really has that A-type personality that probably thinks she can do it all and do it all well. I think she has a big future in store for herself, but she needs to find that man first, her husband, to get the ball rolling.

Okay get ready again, another question by yours truly 😀

Megan-I write for a TV site. {So the readers will want to know}, ” What’s your TV pleasure?” Obviously you TiVo Make it or Break it, because it’s fantastic. What else do you watch as a family?

I don’t watch this as a family, but my favorite show is Lost and I just can’t wait for the new season to start. It’s just my all-time favorite show. Let’s see, as a family we watch a lot of The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. We watch a lot of the animal shows like Untamed and Uncut and the Animal Rescue. I think we’re big animal lovers – we have two dogs. That’s what my kids like and it’s safe television to watch and educational, too. We actually don’t watch too much TV during the week. That’s the time it gets shut off because we devote it to reading and homework, but on the weekend we love to do Movie Night so any great family movies we love.

[Note from Me: That’s awesome that Candace Cameron Bure is a Lost fan! Great taste.]

That’s it folks! My very first interview done, whew, that was nerve wracking and just SO much fun. 😀 I really urge you to watch Make It or Break It on January 4th at 9 pm on ABC Family. It’s worth your time, trust me, I know these things. 😉

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3 Responses to Interview with Candace Cameron Bure from Make It or Break It

  1. Carmen says:

    Congratulations Candace, you’re great!. I’m sorry I can’t watch this in Costa Rica, I’ve seen some episodes in you tube and abc.com

  2. Connie says:

    Candace is wonderful person…, from how she shares her faith and life. I still watch full house. Wish they had shows like that today.

    Also like make it or break it. At first I wanted just to see Candace act again but then the whole plot of the show hooked me in. I love all the drama and the sport quality of the show. Can’t wait for January 4th…yay….

    Faith in Jesus is also important to me so that’s another reason Candace is interesting cause she is not afraid to share her faith in Holly wood.

    Thanks for doing the interview with her and sharing it with us.

  3. Megan says:

    Candace is fabulous, she’s sweet, down to earth and a great inspiration in her faith.

    Make It or Break It is addictive! Watch for an interview later this week with Josie Loren who plays Kailey to be posted as well.
    Thanks for reading.