The stars of Full House and Fuller House don’t just play a family on TV, they’re essentially one in real life too. As Candace Cameron-Bure explains, the cast has formed an unbreakable bond after filming hundreds of episodes over the course of two shows and throughout more than 30 years.

“Oh yeah, we are best friends,” Candace, 43, exclusively told Closer Weekly at the 21st Annual HollyRod Foundation’s DesignCare Gala in Malibu on Saturday, July 27. “Even when the show ends, we’re not leaving each other. You know, we’re close friends — best friends — till the end.”

Like any friendship, the cast is there for one another during all the good times as well as the bad times too.

Candace Cameron-Bure
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“Just like any friends, we talk all the time. It’s not just when we’re at work, but we show up for each other,” Candace added. “Whenever someone’s doing something or someone has an event going on in their life, we’re always on the phone; we’re always texting. We sit and have lunch together every day at work and we call it our group therapy because we just bounce everything off one another and talk about life. They’re the best.”

Candace — whose directorial debut was a 2018 episode of Fuller House — said that even though she has to step up as boss sometimes doesn’t change her relationship with her costars. Instead of it feeling weird, the former The View cohost says it actually “feels really seamless and easy.”

Jodie Sweetin, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber
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“It’s weird because I’m bragging about myself, which is awkward,” Candace added. “But Andrea Barber gave me the nicest compliment last night because she said, ‘You’re so nurturing as a director.’ She said, ‘You’re always nurturing as a friend, but as a director you’re even more nurturing.’ I know, as an actor, that’s what you want to hear. You want somebody to bring the best out in you and it was just the perfect word that she used. It made my heart swell. It was so kind and I’m like, ‘If I am a nurturing director, that is one of the highest compliments.'”

Jeff Franklin‘s Full House ran on ABC for eight seasons from September 1987 until May 1995. The iconic sitcom’s sequel series, Fuller House, has been entertaining Netflix users since February 2016 — though audiences will soon say goodbye as the upcoming fifth season will be its last.

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