For someone who specializes in playing sassy but sweet characters, Lori Loughlin has demonstrated industrial-strength staying power: She’s been in the business for 30 years. “Wow—I didn’t realize it’d been so long!” says the veteran TV star, currently featured as the principal’s wife on the CW’s remake of 90210. She laughs, then says, “I guess you just keep picking yourself up and putting yourself back out there. It’s the only way.”
Indeed. At 15, this Long Island girl, who’d already scored a modeling contract, was cast on the soap The Edge of Night. “My character was kidnapped seven times in three and a half years,” Loughlin recalls. “I’d read a script and think, really, again?” By 22, she’d landed her career-defining role as Becky, the Olsen twins’ aunt on the sit-com Full House. “It was six episodes that turned into seven years,” she says. “I never look at something and say, ‘That role’s not big enough,’ or ‘It’s only six episodes.’ I always go, ‘Let’s see what this could be.’ I think that’s one reason I’ve continued to work in a hard business.”
90210 has proved to be an education of sorts for Loughlin, who has two teenage girls with her sportswear-designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli. “Sexting—I didn’t know what that was,” she says, referring to a recent plot point on the high school series. “I figure I’m a bit more on top of it now.”
She’d like it to be known that being married to a designer doesn’t mean she has a stylist on call. “It’s great to have him there for me to go, ‘Hey, this earring or that one?’ But people are always saying, ‘Oh, he must make your clothes or go shopping with you.’ No, he doesn’t.” She laughs. “He’d much rather be golfing.”
Lori Loughlin is featured in MORE’s March 2010 issue in must-have spring fashions.