'Fuller House' star Michael Campion aka Jackson Fuller teases what is to come in season 4
Michael says he has a lot that he shares with his TV mom Candace Cameron Bure, starting with their Christianity.
Not all revivals and reboots share the same success as the OGs, but Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’ is one of the few that has managed to not only retain the nostalgia of its predecessor ‘Full House,’ but also invite more fans into the Tanner/Fuller family. As Michael Campion, who plays Jackson Fuller on the Netflix show puts it, ‘Fuller House’ has managed to update their stories while staying true to the message of ‘Full House,’ in order to attract a newer generation of fans who can grow up with the show, even as the older fans continue to enjoy the show.
As the newer and older fans await the premiere of season 4 of the beloved show, Michael has given Meaww some insight as to what to expect from the episodes to come. According to the 16-year-old star of ‘Fuller House,’ the show could be expected to premiere in December, considering the first episode the cast shot is a Christmas episode. So, yes, the wait may be a bit long, but at least we have some inside scoop from Jackson Fuller himself.
"I am really excited," says Michael regarding the upcoming season. "We have a lot of really funny stuff coming up. It is going to be great. It is going to set up season 5 for sure and not only that, we have a lot of really funny stuff."
Even though Netflix hasn't actually announced a season 5, Michael seems to be pretty confident about it. Then again, as he relates, on Netflix you can't really see actual ratings like you can on traditional TV. "I have a feeling that we are going to get a season 5 personally, but every time it is like a sigh of relief, 'Phew, okay this is good,' but at the same time you kind of like 'You know, I kind of expected it,' but you know, you never really know," he says.
For the fans, season 4 is going to be all about finding out what Steve's (portrayed by Scott Weinger) decision to take on the job as the Lakers would mean for his relationship with DJ (portrayed by Candace Camron Bure). They were the ORP for OG fans, even though a few may have shifted alliances, thanks to Matt's (portrayed by John Brotherton) charm and suave.
Michael is definitely a member of the latter group, having supported Matt in his TV mom's pursuit of love. "If you had asked me a couple of years ago, I would have been like Matt, a 100 per cent, for sure. I really love Matt. Honestly, I would have said the same thing for Jackson, because he really was looking for him and him being like his dad," he relates. "But then after she kind of ruined the whole wedding in Japan with Steve and CJ and Matt. It was a whole thing, it was an ordeal."
Michael, however, has not lost hope when it comes to Matt, who he still thinks will win DJ's heart in the end. It is all a matter of "Past vs. Future," he says. Despite his obvious choice of Matt over Steve, Michael seems to love all his co-stars wholeheartedly. "We have an amazing time filming all together as a family," he says. And when it comes to a real off-screen connection, no one compares to his TV mom Candace.
He elaborates, "We’re both Christians and we try to pray before every live audience. Not only that, it is nice to have another family that you can talk to. We hang out sometimes outside of set and we tell each other everything. It really is like another family for sure. I’d say it’s more like a mother-son relationship."
That being said, he claims none of the adults on the shows explicitly gives him any life advice. He nonetheless has learned a lot about conducting himself by watching them live their own lives, especially Candace. "I feel like that really is an inspiration to me – for me to live my life that way, because they are actresses and they are in the business and it is nice to see some adults that aren’t crazy. I think them just being themselves, honestly is an inspiration really," he adds.
What about the infamous Bob Saget? Both Candace and Jodie Sweetin (who plays Stephanie Tanner), have been vocal about how inappropriate Bob used to be on the sets, despite the wholesome, straight-set Danny Tanner he played on screen. Michael claims there has been nothing inappropriate about him but does recount a story about how he unwittingly destroyed a brand new remote-control drone and ended up paying him $100 after realizing what he had done. "That was an interesting experience."
The children on the sets, too, do get along pretty fine, he says. "Me and Soni [Nicole Bringas who plays Ramona Gibbler] hang out a lot. We are pretty good friends because we hang out in the school room all day. We actually go to the same school. We formed a connection over that."
"As for Elias, he is very much so like a little brother. I very much love him, but you know that classic little brother relationship," he says comparing their relationship to that of Candace and Jodie, who did not always get along as children. "It is the same thing you know – this little sister relationship, where she would always get on her nerves, but they get along just fine now because they're both adults."
However, Elias and he do have a very strong common ground; magic. "We both like magic and so I teach him some magic tricks. You can obviously see how close everyone is from 'Full House' and I definitely feel that we [cast of 'Fuller House'] are going to be that close. No doubt in my mind."
The one character that Michael too would like to see in the 'Fuller House' family sitcom, much like the rest of us, fans, is Michelle Tanner. The beloved aunt of Jackson, Max (portrayed by Elias Harger) and Tommy (Dashiell & Fox Messitt), who is apparently running a fashion empire in New York, and was played alternatively by Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen back in the day.
However, despite multiple pleas from the fans and show-makers, along with hilarious attempts by the cast on air to convince the twins, it seems to be an impossible mission. As for Jackson's take on this: "I do want to meet them. I think it would make for a very interesting episode. We have been talking about it. They actually have a couple more of those this season alone, talking about how Michelle is away in New York and she has a fashion empire."
He may have heard whispers about their return, but he does not want to dwell on them unless they become a reality. "I would really love for them to come back for an episode or two, even if they just made an appearance, even if they just walked into the door for a second and said, ‘Oh, hey everyone,' and just left I would be totally fine with that."
How great would it be to hear an adult Michelle say "You got it dude" and "You're in big trouble mister"? Catchphrases like these had defined the '90s show. 'Fuller House' has managed to bring back this trope, with Michael's own Jackson having one "'And that's how you do it, or something like that." Even though he used it a couple of times, he doesn't know what happened to it.
Catchphrases aside, there is quite a bit of similarity between the parent show and the ongoing Netflix series. In fact, they draw parallels from the show and make specific episodes that would mirror that one on 'Full House.' "Let us say, for instance where I try to explore with Uncle Jesse's car, that was kind of parallel to the episode with DJ doing the same. I think it is definitely holding true to the message," relates Michael.
"I actually am a fan of ‘Full House,’ I was a fan of ‘Full House’ before I even knew about ‘Fuller House’ and even before I got cast for it," states the young actor, who finds it weird to see his TV mom as a child his age in 'Full House.' "It is really weird because I watched ‘Full House’ and then I thought ‘Oh my God, that is Candace and she is so little. Woah. Weird' It is nice to know that they went through the same stuff that we do all those years ago," he states.
For Michael, 'Fuller House' is only going to be the launching pad for what we know is going to be an illustrious career – one which will see him wear many hats. "I feel like I have always wanted to do something behind the scenes. I don't know much about that I definitely want to learn more," says the young actor, who looks up to Chris Pratt and Matt Damon as his role models.
"Fuller House is almost like animation in that a lot of stuff happens that doesn't happen in real life- gimmicks – it doesn't really allow me to explore my acting range...I actually want to expand my acting range in other ways. My dream is to be in an action film. That would be so cool," he relates regarding his dream career.
It is a long wait before Michael and the rest of the 'Fuller House' family returns to Netflix. However, if you are looking for something to binge-watch on Netflix till then, you could take up his advice and check out 'The Office,' or any of the Marvel shows such as 'AKA Jessica Jones' and 'The Punisher.