John Stamos is on a role these days, starring in Fox’s new comedy Grandfathered and reprising his role as Uncle Jesse on Netflix’s Fuller House. But just a few months ago, Stamos hit a rough patch; in June, he was arrested for DUI and in July completed a monthlong stint in rehab to address substance abuse issues.
In a recent interview with Details magazine, Stamos opened up about the incident, striving to be more responsible and the tragedy that ultimately led him to his personal reckoning.
“I’ve had a rough year with my mom dying, so it all came to a head, and it was a turning point,” Stamos told Details. “You either continue on that path—and some of it’s fun, but a lot of it’s not—or there’s this other thing, this golden opportunity sitting there with all this work and all this goodwill that you have going for you. That’s the key. I feel better than I’ve felt in a decade.”
Stamos also spoke about striving to be more mature — and also the pressure to always play the bad boy.
“You can get caught up in presenting something that people need to live vicariously through,” he says. “Like Howard Stern and Jimmy Kimmel — they don’t want to hear that I’ve only slept with one girl in the last year! They’re like, “No, no, keep that quiet!”
But Stamos insists that he is working on growing up. “I’m trying. I swear to God I’m trying. It’s not as much fun, but you have to be responsible,” says the actor. “It’s about discipline, which I lost for a while. Part of being undisciplined for the past five or six years is that I didn’t work as much as it looked like …there was a lot of downtime, and that can be, obviously, dangerous.”
He also acknowledges that he’s long since gotten over his resistance to forever being Uncle Jesse: “I’m happy to lean into it now. There used to be such a stigma against going backward. But who f—ing cares? … Nobody can put themselves up on a pedestal anymore.