It's been an emotional "Dancing With the Stars" season for Jodie Sweetin, who has battled a nasty ankle injury — but the "Fuller House" actress says she was prepared for the journey, thanks to advice that her TV sis (and "DWTS" alum) Candace Cameron Bure, gave her at the beginning of the season.
“She warned me,” Sweetin said during an appearance on Monday’s episode of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." “She was like, ‘It’s an amazing experience. It’s life-changing. But it will push the limits of what you think you are physically, mentally and emotionally able to do.”
Sweetin said Cameron Bure’s words of wisdom were correct, but the actress is still shocked by how emotional she gets with her dance partner, Keo Motsepe.
“We’re halfway through the season now and I’m surprised at how often I cry,” Sweetin told DeGeneres. “I’ve cried every week! I’m crying because I’m happy, I’m crying because I’m sad. I think I'm crying mostly because I’m just tired!”
The mom of two, who performed the samba with Motsepe during the appearance, also opened up about how she has used her past struggles to motivate herself to keep going through the hard times.
“I’ve been very open about where my life was and how far I have come,” Sweetin said. “This past year for me has been an amazing experience, with all the shows coming back and really getting to do what I love. But I’ve learned to share my story. I’m kind of only as sick as my secrets.”
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Sweetin, who recently celebrated five years sober, said that she hopes that her fans are able to relate to her because she’s been so open about her past issues.
“We all have struggles and things that we’ve been through and things that aren’t easy for us and I think when we share those with each other. It sort of brings the humanity out in all of us,” she said.
Sweetin is one of nine "DWTS" contestants still competing for the Season 22 mirror ball trophy. This week, the remaining dancers will re-create dance routines from movies, music videos and live performances. Following Sweetin's stint on the show, she will re-team with Cameron Bure and the rest of the "Fuller House" cast to film the Netflix series' second season.