When you think of a show titled Pants-Off Dance-Off, a sexy striptease competition on FUSE (Tuesdays at 10 pm/ET), the last person you probably imagine hosting it would be Full House's wide-eyed Stephanie Tanner. Yet there she is, the all grown-up Jodie Sweetin, enthusiastically overseeing the riotously funny and outrageous show when she's not busy speaking to college students about her well-publicized methamphetamine addiction. TVGuide.com caught up with Sweetin on her way to one of her speaking engagements.
TVGuide.com: So you're on tour?
Jodie Sweetin: I'm basically doing a college speaking tour about growing up as a child actor, and things that have gone on in the past year and everything. It's been really, really awesome, so I'm having a good time doing it.
TVGuide.com: What kind of reactions are you getting?
Sweetin: At the first one I did, I got a standing ovation, which was really cool. The last one I did, I spoke in front of like 1,300 people, so it's a little intimidating, but it's fun, too, because now the kids are like, "Oh I saw you on Pants-Off Dance-Off and I'm so glad you're back." It's cool to be back out there doing stuff.
TVGuide.com: Do you get any individual fans saying you've really helped them?
Sweetin: Yeah, afterwards I'll do autographs and meet-and-greet, and I've gotten quite a few letters that I've actually kept. They really made me cry, these really awesome stories, thanking me for coming to speak and asking me questions and stuff like that. It's been really rewarding.
TVGuide.com: That sounds so nice.
Sweetin: Yeah. But not nearly as rewarding as Pants-Off Dance-Off. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Yes, that is completely at the other end of the spectrum.
Sweetin: Exactly. It's really fun, really fun. People are totally not expecting it.
TVGuide.com: How do you describe the show to people who haven't seen it?
Sweetin: It's just silly, fun, kind of a way-out-there dance competition that is not meant to be taken seriously. It's sort of a train wreck that you can't help but watch. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Right. I was watching my first episode the other day and I was sitting at my desk laughing hysterically.
Sweetin: Yeah. You can't peel your eyes away from it. It's like, "Oh they're not going to... oh, they did. They did that!" And it's hilarious.
TVGuide.com: Although, I might not want to show it to my grandma.
Sweetin: Right. And the folks at home get the edited version. When I'm doing the show, I get to watch the unpixelated, unedited [version]... all of it.
TVGuide.com: Ohhh. Sorry to hear that.
Sweetin: It's OK, I've made it through. I'm doing extra therapy, but I'm OK. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: So how did it come about? How did you land this bizarre job?
Sweetin: I had been talking to FUSE for quite a while about working with them and hosting some shows and stuff like that, and they approached me with hosting the "Best Of" episodes for Season 1 and said, "Take a look at the show, it's really kind of a wild concept, and tell us if you're interested." I watched it and I was like, "Oh, of course, this is perfect." It's fun because I get to really be more of myself and get back out there as a young adult and have people see me as something completely different from Stephanie [Tanner].
TVGuide.com: Very much so. Now you have, clearly, a good sense of humor about everything going on behind you during the show. Are you ever stunned speechless?
Sweetin: Stunned speechless, as far as the dancers? Sometimes I'm like, "What do you say?" There's so much and yet nothing to say. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: You come up with some pretty good comments about what they're doing.
Sweetin: It's fun, and not meant to be mean. It's silly, the things that people will do for five or 15 minutes of fame and a couple hundred bucks.
TVGuide.com: Do you have any interaction with the dancers? Or are you in a separate room?
Sweetin: No, they let them in and they do their thing whatever that thing is with the producers and the camera guys. There are two or three people in there and then the "Pancers," as we like to call them, do their thing, and I get to watch the tape of it.
TVGuide.com: So you don't have to get close....
Sweetin: No, I'm not actually there, no.
TVGuide.com: That's probably for the best.
Sweetin: That's definitely for the best.
TVGuide.com: Who is the strangest dancer you've seen?
Sweetin: Well, coming up on Season 2 [which premiered last week], there's a couple who did separate shows, but they are performance artists, I believe. I'm trying to remember, but I think the husband's name was Muffin Head or something.... Basically, look for something pink.
Sweetin: All I'm saying is performance artists, married couple, pink, second season, look for it. It's definitely one of the more interesting ones.
TVGuide.com: Are you ever looking at the dancers and thinking, "They're actually good"?
Sweetin: You know, it's happened, briefly. [Laughs] That's the fun part about the show, that it's not professional dancers, it's not people who are great; it's just normal people who want to go out there and be totally ridiculous, which is so much more entertaining.
TVGuide.com: Now that you're on the college tour, it must be a big hit with the young'ns.
Sweetin: Oh, definitely. The audience that's watching this are people my age who grew up watching Full House and are now in college and older. It's pretty funny to have Full House fans watching something like this.
TVGuide.com: Do you have anything else coming up that we should know about?
Sweetin: I have a movie that I'm going to start at the end of this year, and I'm doing the college speaking tour all over the country to different universities, so things are going really, really well. I'm happy to be back working and doing what I love.
TVGuide.com: Any sort of last little tease for Season 2?
Sweetin: Just that it will knock the "pants off" of Season 1, that's all I'm saying!
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