Beginning her career at age 4, Jodie Sweetin was widely popular among TV viewers while playing Stephanie Judith Tanner, the energetic and talkative middle daughter of Bob Saget's Danny Tanner, on the hit ABC family sitcom "Full House" (1987-1995). Following the demise of the show, Sweetin had a brief battle with a methamphetamine addiction, but has been clean and sober since completing rehab in 2005.
“It is kind of hard to figure out who you are when you've lost your job at age 13, when that was basically how you identified yourself.” Jodie Sweetin
Recently, she appeared in the direct-to-DVD parody film "Farce of the Penguins" (2006) alongside former "Full House" co-stars Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, and John Stamos, and hosted the TV game show "Pants-Off Dance-Off" (2006) on the Fuse Cable network. She also starred in a TV pilot called "Small Bits of Happiness" (2008) and will play a role in an upcoming comedy film titled "Port City."
“There are a lot of pressures and a lot of different things that sort of come with being a child star and growing up in this business that normal kids don't have to deal with. And it does create certain issues. But, you know, I feel really fortunate that I've been able to come through to the other side and really learn how to deal with those things, and possibly get another career started again. I'm really lucky.” Jodie Sweetin
This 5' 6" former child actress was first married at age 20 to Los Angeles police officer Shaun Holguin. They divorced in 2006 and Sweetin married Cody Herpin, a film transportation coordinator, in 2007. On November 19, 2008, seven months after the birth of their daughter, Sweetin filed for legal separation from Herpin.
Childhood and Family:
An only child, Jodie Lee Ann Sweetin, nicknamed Jodes, was born on January 19, 1982, in Los Angeles, California. Her parents are Sam and Janice Sweetin.
“I went to public school and kids thought it was funny to throw something at the girl from 'Full House.' Middle school is hard enough!” Jodie Sweetin
Jodie, who skipped a grade in elementary school, graduated from Los Alamitos High School, in Los Alamitos, California, in 1999 and earned an academic scholarship to college. She studied mass communications at Chapman University in Orange County, California, with aspirations to become an acting teacher. She was a member of the Alpha Phi Fraternity in the college and received her Liberal Arts degree in 2003.
“I don't have any desire to ever act again full time. I don't mind doing occasional guest appearances on shows, but I have other things I'd like to do in my life now. I would like to get into teaching actors and starting a family with Shaun.” Jodie Sweetin
On July 27, 2002, at age 20, Jodie married Los Angeles police officer Shaun Holguin. The couple divorced in 2006 and Jodie married Cody Herpin, a film transportation coordinator, on July 14, 2007, at Little Church of the West, a Las Vegas Strip wedding chapel.
“Cody is my best friend. I married my best friend and I couldn't ask for anything more. He's an unbelievable person.” Jodie Sweetin
Jodie and Cody, who married after only two months of dating, welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Zoie Laurel May Herpin, on Saturday April 12, 2008.
On November 19, 2008, seven months after the birth of their daughter, Jodie filed for legal separation from Herpin and reportedly filed for joint custody of little Zoie. Herpin responded by seeking sole custody after claiming Jodie drove while intoxicated with their baby in the car. As of December 2008, Jodie is under emergency investigation by an Orange County family court for substance abuse and will not be allowed to be with the child unless one of her parents is present.
“Everything revolved around my [meth] addiction. On a typical day, I'd wake up and feel terrible because I hadn't done any. You're either trying to get it, doing it, or worrying about when you're going to get it next. You don't even realize that it's taken over so quickly. My parents lived pretty close, but I'd go for weeks without speaking to them. I didn't want anybody around. My husband had no idea. It was the elephant in the room. Something was wrong, but it wasn't talked about. I'm very blessed and lucky to have made it to the other side. A lot of people don't come through this in one piece. I can't believe how different my life is now.” Jodie Sweetin
Back in 2006, Jodie, who has stated that she is adopted and that her biological family has a history of addictions, appeared on "Good Morning America" to talk about her two year addiction to meth. She voluntarily checked herself into rehab in March 2005 and says she is now clean and sober.
At the tender age of 4, Jodie Sweetin started her career in a hot dog commercial. She landed her first acting role at age 5 as Pamela, the niece of Mrs. Poole (played by Edie McClurg), on the family comedy series "Valerie." That same year, she had a role in the TV series "Jim Henson Presents Mother Goose Stories."
“It was fun for me. It was a lot of fun for me, as a little kid, growing up with Bob [Saget] and, you know, Dave [Coulier] and John [Stamos] too. All these people were just fun, so I was having a great time. It wasn't work for me, it was fun.” Jodie Sweetin (about starring in "Full House")
Also in 1987, Sweetin was cast as Stephanie Tanner, the energetic and talkative middle daughter of Bob Saget's Danny Tanner, on the hit ABC family sitcom "Full House." She stayed with the show for its entire run, from 1987 to 1995 and was nominated for five Young Artist Awards, which she won one in 1987 for Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series. Later, in 2004, she was nominated for a TV Land Award for Quintessential Non-Traditional Family.
On the close relationship between the cast members of “Full House” (1987), Sweetin said, "We all get along really well and we all are the best of friends. They really did become my other family and my group of friends."
And about her "Full House" siblings, she commented, “They were like pseudo-siblings. I totally looked up to Candace [Cameron]. I thought she was the coolest. And I played with Mary-Kate and Ashley [Olsen]. I haven't seen them in a while, but I wish them nothing but the best.”
During her lengthy "Full House" tenure, Sweetin appeared in a 1989 episode of “The Mickey Mouse Club” with Britney Spears, the TV series "ABC TGIF" (1990), and provided the voice of Sally Brown on the CBS Christmas special "It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown" (1992). She also appeared in TV commercials for Oscar Meyer, Sizzler Restaurants, and Cheerios.
Post "Full House," Sweetin guest starred in a 1996 episode of the series "Brotherly Love" and in two 1999 episodes of the critically-acclaimed FOX series "Party of Five." She also appeared in Up Syndrome's "Drawing the Line So Slick" music video (2000).
After disappearing from the screen for about four years, Sweetin returned in 2003 as a guest in an episode of CBS’ Emmy-nominated sitcom "Yes, Dear." She subsequently took another break from acting and returned in 2006 by lending her voice to the direct-to-DVD parody film "Farce of the Penguins," alongside former "Full House" co-stars Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, John Stamos, and Scott Weinger. She also hosted the TV game show "Pants-Off Dance-Off" (2006) on the Fuse Cable network.
“The competition is so fierce once you become an adult. I'll probably move on to something else.” Jodie Sweetin
Recently, in 2008, Sweetin could be seen starring in a TV pilot called "Small Bits of Happiness," a dark comedy centered on a suicide prevention specialist that won Best Comedy at the 3rd Annual Independent Television Festival in Los Angeles.
Sweetin will soon complete her upcoming film project, "Port City," a comedy by writer/director Andy Brown in which she co-stars with Matt Lutz and Micah Shane Ballinger.
Meanwhile, in November 2008, Sweetin signed a deal with Spotlight Entertainment to write her memoirs, tentatively titled "Wild Cards," about her drug and alcohol addiction. The book is due out in October of 2009.
“I want to make movies, TV series, wherever the career takes me. I really hope this isn't the last people hear of me. In fact, I would like to make this a footnote in my career, not the end.” Jodie Sweetin
Young Artist: Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series, "Full House," 1987