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The familiar face from the popular comedy hit Full House, Loughlin still maintains her looks and attributes by starring on WB's Summerland. Loughlin got her start in show business at a young age. After only six months of acting lessons, Loughlin was cast in the daytime drama The Edge of Night, for which she received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series. In 1985, Loughlin was cast in the feature film Secret Admirer, a romantic comedy co-starring C. Thomas Howell and Kelly Preston. Loughlin also starred opposite Treat Williams in Critical Mass. She appeared in the beach movie spoof Back to the Beach, as well as in Rad, a film about BMX racing, and Amityville 3-D, the third installment of the Amityville horror movie franchise. In addition to Full House, Loughlin was a regular in Hudson Street, a comedy starring Tony Danza. Other television roles have included an after-school special titled No Means No, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Actress. Loughlin also worked with Jim Carrey in the television movie Doing Time on Maple Drive and starred in In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory. She has made repeat performances in a number of series, including The Drew Carey Show and Spin City, and guest-starred in such series as Seinfeld, Suddenly Susan, The Larry Sanders Show and The WB drama Birds of Prey. Loughlin was born July 28, 1964 in Queens, NY and raised in Hauppage, NY, Loughlin's first taste of the spotlight was as a child model at age 11. She appeared in national print advertisements as well as a few TV commercials, including one for Mead Trapper Keeper in 1982. Loughlin has starred in several made-for-TV movies, beginning with Too Far To Go in 1979. She was the original choice for the motion picture The Blue Lagoon. Loughlin turned it down. Instead she went to the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night, playing the role of Jody Travis. Loughlin was only 15 when she got the part, although she played an 18 year-old. She was a junior lifeguard before becoming an actress. Actually, Lori Loughlin and John Stamos dated in the mid eighties - before they played husband and wife in "Full House''. After wrapping the made-for-cable movie Suckers (1999), Loughlin took a couple of years off to start a family. Loughlin married fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli in 1997and their first daughter Isabella Rose was born in September 1998, while Olivia Jade followed a year later. She is also stepmother to Gianni, Giannulli's son from a previous marriage.
Loughlin returned to the screen in 2000, co-starring with Treat Williams and Udo Kier in the action-thriller Critical Mass. In 2001, she turned in a couple of guest appearances on Spin City, and did likewise on The Drew Carey Show in 2002. That same year, she appeared on the WB drama Birds of Prey and guest starred as herself in the ABC pilot Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central), which never got off the ground. In 2003, she helped develop a new series for the WB, which would make her a starring regular on a weekly drama. The Warner Brothers network had expressed interest in creating a series for Loughlin, and she decided to come up with a concept that interested her. She came up with the idea of a single woman in California who works in the fashion world, and whose life suddenly changes when she must raise her sister's three kids from Kansas. After several months in the development stages, Summerland premiered in June 2004. In addition to starring as Ava Gregory, Loughlin also serves as the show's executive producer.
"It's not rocket science, we are not solving any great problems here. We are just trying to make people forget about their problems and have fun. So I try to bring an essence of joy to my work,"
says Lori Loughlin, on her Summerland gig.
Lori Loughlin Basks in 'Summerland'
Premiering a show in summer can have its rewards, as Lori Loughlin will attest.
A longtime television staple, the actress has found post-"Full House" success by co-creating and starring in "Summerland," the Aaron Spelling-produced WB Network drama series that was one of last year's few warm-weather hits. The show earned a regular-season berth for its current round, which airs Mondays; it's temporarily displacing another family saga, "Everwood," slated to rejoin the WB Network lineup in April.
Loughlin is back as California fashion designer Ava Gregory, who is still adjusting to being a surrogate parent after taking in her late sister and brother-in-law's children (Jesse McCartney, Kay Panabaker, Nicholas J. Benson). Close friends Susannah and Jay (Merrin Dungey, Ryan Kwanten) are helping Ava raise the kids, and someone else has re-entered the picture tentatively: Her ex-beau Johnny (Shawn Christian), who left when Ava seemed to be on the verge of marrying someone else.
It's no surprise to Loughlin that "Summerland" is back. "I don't think anybody expected us to debut with such high numbers, especially in the summer," she reflects. "I actually thought summer was a good time to go on, because there isn't that much happening on television. I thought that being set at the beach, it might just be one of those shows that would catch on. I had watched 'The O.C.,' which premiered the summer before, and got hooked on that myself.
"I didn't see it as necessarily a bad thing, then, and I just felt we might have the right elements. It's a drama, but it isn't too heavy. The characters are all fun, in my opinion, and a group of people I would like to hang out with."
Loughlin had a lot of say about those characters from the start, having created the show with Stephen Tolkin. "I pitched it to The WB, which liked the idea, then they sent me to Aaron Spelling. I felt really fortunate that he also liked the idea and was willing to jump on board."
Since "Summerland" already has fans, with the hope for more, the show has the capital to take some chances now. "I thought we had a good show last summer," Loughlin says, "but I'm just so happy with the new episodes." Carmen Electra has joined the cast this season as Johnny's new business partner, who seems to have more than business in mind.
For any and all newcomers, Loughlin remains proud of the original casting of "Summerland." "I don't mean this in a bad way, but there's certainly a formula to The WB and some of Aaron Spelling's shows. What I thought was great about casting someone like Kay was that we went against the formula. She's getting more beautiful by the day, but we went for the 'smart' actress. It's the Alex P. Keaton character from 'Family Ties,' someone who's proud of being bright, and you don't see a lot of characters like that on television. We wanted something a little different all the way around."
"Summerland" also is likely to benefit from co-star McCartney's growing fame as a teen music idol. His single "Beautiful Soul" recently cracked the top 20 of Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart, but he's known more for surfing than for singing on the show. "We didn't know when we cast him that he was a singer," Loughlin maintains. "That was pure luck. His tape came from New York, and everyone said, 'Wow, this kid is really good.' We found out later that he was in a boy band at one time. It's funny; every time I start my car, his song is on! It's everywhere, and good for him. He has quite a nice career going now."
Loughlin knows about career longevity, having been acting steadily since her days on the now-defunct daytime serial "The Edge of Night" in the early 1980s. "They just couldn't run me out of town," she muses. "I think they tried many times, but I said, 'I'm staying.' It's just pure perseverance, being tenacious. There's that old expression, 'If you throw enough against the wall, something's bound to stick.' I certainly have done my share of series pilots that went nowhere.
"I've always believed that work begets work, though. I had done a pilot for FOX with Marcia Cross, a TV version of 'The Witches of Eastwick' that didn't get picked up. After FOX passed on it, the studio shopped it around and executives at The WB watched it; they had no room for it because of 'Charmed,' but they saw me in it and decided they should have a meeting with me. That pilot wasn't done in vain, then."
Strongly associated with family programming through her years on the sitcom "Full House," Loughlin tries to keep her work friendly to all ages, also because she and her husband have two children themselves. "Believe me," she says, "they have to sit me down with a paper bag sometimes because I'm hyperventilating over a plot that might involve sex or drugs. As a parent, though, I'm overly cautious. Television is a very powerful medium, and we have the ability to send messages to kids. I don't want there to be any wrong or mixed messages."
That said, Loughlin thinks "Summerland" gets the job done. "It's nice to have a show that can bring people and families together to watch television. I think 'Full House' did that, and I think 'Summerland' does, too. My dermatologist has a 15-year-old daughter, and he says he watches the show with her since it gives him a chance to spend that hour with her, then talk about what they've seen. I think that's really important."
Lori Loughlin plays Ava Gregory in ''Summerland''
My Character is: "A single woman who works in the world of fashion, lives at the beach and has a great life. Then one day, a tragedy occurs and she is suddenly faced with raising three kids."
On Portraying A 21st Century Gidget: "Surfing is not my strong point. And...I don't really have a tan. I go to the tanning place, the one that sprays you with color. "
What I like best about Ava: "She is a lot like myself. When you are developing a character you have to bring so much of yourself to the role. (Loughlin came up with the idea for the series and is also the executive producer.) Just like Ava, there are days I feel as if I don't have a clue about what I am doing. I mean, kids don't come with a handbook."
The Summerland Back Story: "It's true, I came up with the idea for Summerland, but it was a total fluke. Nobody was more shocked or amazed that the show is actually going to be made, than I was."
It's All About The...Clothes?: "Playing a fashion designer could be the bane of my existence because I am married to a fashion designer. It's funny, my girlfriends think that because I am married to [him], I get all these great tips and hints about great fashion, but it's not like that at all. He never tells me what to wear."
Pretty hot woman Lori Loughlin
Lori's an eternal optimist whose shiny, happy image isn't far from the real Lori Loughlin. She credits her success as an actress to her strong work ethic, which was instilled when she started working at an age when most kids are still playing with toys. She was a junior lifeguard before she decided to take the plunge into acting, but had to lie during an audition for The Edge of Night in order to get the part. The producers were looking for someone to play a ballerina, and after Lori won the role, the writers had to change her character to a dancer who didn't dance very well.
Luckily, Lori lived up to that aspect of the part, and was recognized by the Young Artist Awards nominating committee. By the time she appeared in a theatrical revival of Grease in 1984, we assume her dancing had improved somewhat.
If you can get past the nice girl image she's always maintained, Lori is a pretty hot woman who looks sexier now than when she starred on Full House. She might have flaunted her sexuality more as an actress had she started her career in the '90s instead of the early '80s, when that sort of thing was more understated. But things being as they were in the '80s, Lori's onscreen sensuality was softened and subdued. Now that she's pushing 40, we think she should shed a bit of that straight-laced side of hers and play up her natural sex appeal.
Her face is familiar to millions of people around the world who've ever tuned in to an episode of Full House, though her name is known by only a fraction of those same viewers. Lori Loughlin has never really been in the limelight or appeared in any major films, though she has worked with some high-profile actors like Keanu Reeves, Martin Sheen, Meg Ryan, and Jim Carrey, a couple of years before Ace Ventura made Carrey a star.
While she hasn't won any major acting prizes during her performing career, Loughlin has received a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series for The Edge of Night, and an Emmy nod for Best Actress in the after-school special, No Means No. She won a Young Artist Award in 1987 for her performance in the CBS Schoolbreak Special Babies Having Babies (which she shared with her castmates), but hasn't been recognized for any of her subsequent roles. Most recently, Lori thought up a concept for a show, and it became a prime-time network series on the WB. Lori's the type of girl you thought of as cute or even pretty in high school, who never quite reached the pinnacle of absolutely gorgeous. She's got a natural, healthy, West Coast look, even though she grew up on the East Coast of Long Island, New York. She's ultra-feminine, and possesses a beautiful, sincere smile and attractive eyes.
Lori Loughlin plays a fashion designer on Summerland, and is also married to a real one: Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of the self-named clothing line "Mossimo." We'd think a clothing designer would be a wife's best fashion advisor, but it seems that this is not the case in this particular marriage. Mossimo lets Lori decide for herself what to wear, never dictating or even suggesting how she should express herself style-wise. She doesn't really need any of his help, though her overall way of dressing is a bit conservative. She does look stunning in a black dress and heels, and thankfully she's recoiffed the "big hair" look she sported before and during her Full House days.
Lori Loughlin to host the 6th Annual "Family Television Awards" on the WB on Thursday, December 9, 2004
Lori Loughlin, star, producer and co-creator of The WB Network's hit drama "Summerland," will host the FAMILY TELEVISION AWARDS, which will be filmed at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on December 1 to air on Thursday, December 9 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET), it was announced today by David Janollari, President, Entertainment of The WB.
The WB will air the annual FAMILY TELEVISION AWARDS for the third consecutive year. The special will present awards for outstanding achievement in seven categories: drama, comedy, reality, movie, specials, actor and actress. Presenters include Christine Lahti ("Jack & Bobby"), Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond") and extreme sports star Tony Hawk. The special was produced and written by Barry Adelman and Ed Driscoll and directed by Chris Donovan.
The SIXTH ANNUAL FAMILY TELEVISION AWARDS (FTA) are an initiative of the Family Friendly Programming Forum. The FTA are the only awards in which the members of the Association of National Advertisers - major corporate marketers - recognize outstanding programming for family viewing.
The Forum was founded in 1998 by Andrea Alstrup, Corporate VP Advertising Johnson & Johnson. The effort was quickly joined by Procter & Gamble and 10 other major advertisers. Today it includes 45 companies, all members of the Association of National Advertisers, Inc. Its key goal is to promote the development and scheduling of movies, series, documentaries and information programs that are aired during hours when children and adults within a household are most likely to watch television together (8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.).
The Forum pursues this goal through several different initiatives:
- The Family Television Awards, which recognize outstanding family television
- A script development fund
- A scholarship program for students who work on family friendly projects
The WB Network was the first to sign on with the fund, resulting in the critically acclaimed comedy "Gilmore Girls" and the comedy/variety series "Steve Harvey's Big Time."
Lori Loughlin's new family hit ''Summerland''
"Summerland," a family drama from producer Aaron Spelling, debuted on The WB on June 1, 2004 to record ratings. The series scored the best premiere on The WB since 2002, and achieved the highest-rated summer launch in The WB%s history. The drama will return to The WB's schedule in January 2005 with all new episodes. Lori Loughlin stars as Ava Gregory, a single independent fashion designer, whose life is changed when her sister and brother-in-law are killed in an accident, leaving Ava to raise their three children with help from her three closest friends. "Summerland" is produced by Spelling Television, Inc., a Paramount/Viacom company with executive producers Remi Aubuchon ("24," "Lyon's Den"), Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent.
Summerland's creator is grateful for her good fortune. Two summers ago, the actor Lori Loughlin was holidaying in Hawaii with her husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, and their family. Sitting alone on the sand, she idly sketched an idea for a TV series.
"One of my best friends had gone off to New York to work for Vogue magazine and I thought, wouldn't it be interesting to take that woman, that career woman working for a fashion magazine, and turn her life upside down and hand her three kids," she recalls. A month later, in a meeting with the American WB network, which was keen to work with her, she was asked if she had any ideas she would like to work on. She handed them the complete treatment, they liked it and pointed her in the direction of producer Aaron Spelling.
Summerland, as it became known, tells the story of fashion designer Ava Gregory (Loughlin), whose life is shaken up when her sister-in-law and brother are killed in a car accident and she inherits their three children: Bradin (Jesse McCartney), Nikki (Kay Panabaker) and Derrick (Nicholas Benson). Rounding out the cast are a love interest for Ava, Johnny Durant (Shawn Christian), her best friend, Susannah Rexford (Merrin Dungey), and a resident Australian surfer, Jay Robertson (former Home and Away star Ryan Kwanten).
"A lot of it comes from me, but there is also a lot of input from the writers," Loughlin says. "Ava, on paper, is a little more indecisive than I am, and a little more overwhelmed. Her life has turned on a dime, and she's doing the best she can to give these kids the best home and the best life possible. She's constantly jumping hurdles, and sometimes they keep getting higher and higher."
On the screen it plays like a family-friendly twist on post-Dynasty Spelling soaps such as Malibu Shores and Models Inc. Think of it as Home and Away, American-style. It has a great-looking cast, a big budget for a sexy wardrobe and a lot of hyper-real California sunshine.
Loughlin concedes she wasn't trying to write a groundbreaking series. "I wanted to come up with an idea that would bring parents and young people to the TV together," she says. "It might not necessarily be the greatest show, but I wanted it to be interesting and full of enough wish fulfilment that people were entertained, and perhaps bring up some discussion between a parent and a teenager."
Loughlin is best known to TV audiences from the sitcom Full House, in which she played Rebecca Donaldson. In Summerland, she says she has learned a lesson about creating her own destiny. "I was fortunate to be in the right time at the right place, and they responded to the idea," she says. "It's fortunate that I've been able to create somewhat my own destiny, but at the same time so much of it is out of my own hands."
Although Summerland has given her a taste of producing, she is unsure if it is a role she would want to pursue again. "I like producing, but it's a tough and frustrating job. You come from a creative place, and you are met along the way by corporate people and money people. I hope Summerland has a good run, and I'll consider my future after that."