A mother’s advice
WINCHESTER — Success is all about hard work, actress Candace Cameron Bure said on Friday afternoon in Winchester.
“[You] have to have the drive to work hard and be consistent,” she said. “And push yourself.”
But also don’t be afraid to fail, she added. “If you don’t fail, it means you’re not trying.”
These words of advice were for her daughter Natasha Bure, 16, who earlier that day was crowned Queen Shenandoah at the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, but for all the success Bure has enjoyed, especially recently, she might have been talking about herself as well.
A former child star on the TV show “Full House,” Bure, 39, has in recent years reinvented herself as a film star, producer, author and motivational speaker.
She’s written two books, her first titled “Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness,” with the idea of helping women approach a healthy lifestyle from a faithful outlook.
Named a third place finalist on the 2014 season of “Dancing with the Stars,” Bure said her third book, “Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction,” due out later this year, will discuss her experience on the show.
“It was amazing,” she said of the show. ” … One of the highlights of my career so far.”
But fresh off a string of successful Christmas-themed movies, Bure has no plans of slowing down soon.
She’s starring in a series of mystery films on Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel that debuted last month through her own production company, iCandy Productions; in a couple weeks she begins shooting a new Christmas movie and next year she will star in the reboot of the show that kicked off her career.
The spinoff to “Full House” is called “Fuller House” and will star Bure as a recently widowed mother of three boys who asks her younger sister and best friend to help her raise her children.
A treat for fans of the original, which ran for eight years and has continued in syndication for the last 20 years, “Fuller House” is likely to bring in a new generation of fans, she said.
“It’ll be timeless, just like the original is.”
Though sort of a return to her roots, Bure said she doesn’t expect to feel nostalgic about her childhood portraying the character D.J. Tanner once the show starts taping.
“It’s new, it’s still fresh,” Bure said of the reboot. “It’s a different place in my life.”
Besides, she and the original cast have never lost contact and, in fact, have achieved the very rare feat other casts fail to do in remaining good friends.
Her daughter Natasha is best friends with “Full House” star Lori Laughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade, and Natasha said on Friday she sees many of the rest of the cast monthly if not more frequently.
Growing up, she knew her mother had been on TV but said it was her father Valeri Bure, now retired from the National Hockey League, who was “more of the superstar” while his wife took some years away from the limelight to focus on her family.
But Natasha doesn’t think of herself as a daughter of celebrities.
Extremely close to her parents and younger brothers, she said, “My family and I just love to be goofy and fun.”
Her dad is a fantastic cook who also coaches her brothers’ hockey teams. Her brothers go surfing with their Uncle Kirk Cameron, of “Growing Pains” fame, and his sons. And Natasha, who has also dabbled in acting and hopes to pursue a singing career, has joined her mother on red carpet interviews.
“My family and I do everything together,” she said.
Bure said she was honored to see her daughter crowned Queen Shenandoah.
“It’s been great for me to take a step back and let the light shine on Natasha,” she said. “I’ve been very proud of her for the way she’s carried herself throughout the festival.”
“It’s interesting as a mom, you really get to see how your children flourish, and when they’re put in situations like this to really have to lead, you get to see them either grow in their confidence or kind of shrink back in shyness. You get to see what they’re really made of, and so I’m really proud of Natasha. I think she’s done a fantastic job and really embraced everything with grace.”
Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or firstname.lastname@example.org