Rising teen Michael Campion dishes about Netflix's hit Fuller House, and filming in front of a live audience
Rising teen star Michael Campion dishes exclusively to We Blab Entertainment about Netflix's hit series Fuller House, and filming in front of a live studio audience. Also, Michael talks about studying martial arts.
Congratulations on the upcoming Season 3 premiere of “Fuller House” on September 22! How has your character, Jackson Fuller, grown over the course of the 3 seasons and can you tell us a little bit of what to expect from the families this upcoming season?
Jackson was younger and a little lost at the beginning of season one and now that he is getting older, he has learned a lot more life lessons and it has helped him mature. He has become more responsible too. I think the writers do a good job with my character because they write him like a real everyday teenager going through life and facing realistic everyday situations and learning experiences.
In season three you can look forward to seeing more of the family and original cast from Full House. The fans tend to love it when some of the old familiar faces show up. As far as for the families, Kimmy and Fernando will not disappoint with their crazy and hilarious antics this next season . There is also a lot of edge of your seat drama with the Matt, CJ & Steve triangle.
Full House started in 1987 and still has millions of devoted fans. How have the creators kept the spirit of the original series despite the changes of the times? What are some of the recurring themes and elements that have stayed in the show over the course of 30 years?
The writers have kept the essence of family and friendship which were constant themes in the original series and continue today. There is usually a situation where conflict occurs and then after misunderstandings and confusion, the characters work together and solve the conflict and stand together. The writing team really realizes the responsibility that they have to keep the shows themes consistent and positive. They work hard writing a family show where the themes and storylines appeal to a broad audience of both Full House and Fuller House fans.
Jackson Fuller is D.J. Tanner-Fuller’s mischievous teenage son. What have some of your favorite episodes been and why? What’s the craziest things you’ve had to do as this young troublemaker?
Jackson is not really as mischievous like he was in season one. Now going into season three he is just more of a typical teenage "goof ball". He also does not intentionally set out to be a trouble maker. It is his goof ball decisions and lack of thinking things through completely that somehow end up making trouble for him. In the end he always learns another valuable life lesson.
My favorite season was when Joey came over to babysit. We got to play with nerf guns, water guns, toilet paper guns and the whole episode was a total out of control blast. I also liked the season two Halloween episode. The director owns one of the largest collection of horror film props in Hollywood so he brought a ton of cool things to decorate the set. The craziest thing I probably had to do as Jackson was in this same episode when Jackson had to wear a silly and embarrassing bear costume. It was ridiculous and silly and a lot of fun at the same time.
You got to shoot an episode of Fuller House in Japan! What are some of the best memories from that trip and what is it like getting to film this show in a foreign country?
The best memories about working in Japan is hands down the fans. The Japanese people as a whole are the most polite and kind people I have ever met. We would go into our hotel lobby and the fans were always waiting for us. They would bring me little gifts and hand written notes and they were so polite and respectful about taking photos and asking for autographs.
Shooting in Japan was so fascinating and educational. Everywhere you looked and went, you were learning something new and different about a totally different culture. Nothing looked familiar and it was a great experience to see a whole new culture and way of life. I would go back in a heartbeat.
You and your co-stars, Soni Bringas and Elias Harger, go out and dance for the live studio audience of Fuller House. What is some of the greatest differences between filming in front of an audience and filming on a private set? Does it make it the job harder? How does the production keep some of the show’s spoilers under wraps?
When you film on a private set, you only have the crew and other cast members present. When you film in front of a live audience, there are a ton of more people present and they laugh out loud and clap and you get an instant reaction from them regarding what you are doing. I find it easier working with a live audience because their energy gives me more energy and it makes mw have to be "on" and helps me deliver a better performance.
The production team takes the cell phones from the audience before they enter the studio in order to avoid anyone recording anything. Also, they encourage the live audience to not tell outsiders too much about the storyline because it will spoil the experience when they eventually watch the show on Netflix.
You avidly study sword work, martial arts, and study being a magician. Tell us a bit about your training in those skills. Do you see those skills finding their way into Fuller House or other future projects?
I have taken extensive classes in stage combat. This is something many actors do and it comes in handy on action films and period pieces. I also take Krav Maga, a form of martial arts. When I am home in Orlando I take it with my dad and when I am working in Los Angeles I take it there by myself. The magic thing is something I have always enjoyed and studied. I started studying it when I was about 8 at a place called The Magic Dove where you go to actually learn about and study the craft of magic.
I hope to be able to use all of these skills on Fuller House some day and on other acting projects. As an actor, I think it is important to learn as many skills as you can because they can only help you in the future for making you skilled at things that may come in handy.
You worked on films such as Robo-Dog and Christmas Trade before working on Fuller House. As an actor, what are some of the greatest differences of working on a television series rather than a feature film? Do you have a preference between TV and film and if so, why?
When you work on a film, you have a starting date and a finishing date. You get to know people and then at the end you have to say good-bye. It is not long term. On a television series, if you are lucky to have a long run, you develop deep and lasting friendships. Your cast and crew become more like family. You also get to develop your character over a very long time ao that you really know this character inside and out.
I guess I prefer television because it is long term and it is more secure. You don't have to worry all the time about getting that next job because you come back week after week. As an actor, job stability is a blessing and I don't take that for granted.
What projects should we watch out for you in the future? What is a dream role you’d love to play or an acting challenge you’d love to take on?
You can see me as a celebrity contestant on the Nickelodeon competition series Paradise Run. I competed for a charity organization called Race to Erase MS. This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart ever since my older sister was diagnosed with MS. Not only did I get to raise awareness about a serious and important disease, I got a free trip to Hawaii and it was an absolute blast.
I don't know if I have a dream role but I would love to keep working with great actors and it would be amazing if one day I could work in a film with Johnny Depp. I think he is one of the best actors in film today. I would also love to eventually be in action films. I think action films are exciting, challenging and that to me would be incredible!
Watch the season 3 premiere of Fuller House September 22 only on Netflix.
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