60 Seconds+ With The Best Uncle Around, John Stamos

"Have mercy!" It’s a fact of life: Some things just get better with time. Wine, that awful DIY haircut, and John Stamos. Sure, he was – to steal Teen Beat’s vernacular – totally dreamy in his Full House days, but there’s something deeply sophisticated about him now, making him that much better. Stamos is spending his summer in New York and we are certainly glad to have him here. (Seriously, John, if you need someone to show you around, we're more than happy to help.) However, chances are he won't have that much time to explore the city. He’s busy filming My Man is a Loser, a romantic comedy about a playboy who helps two men put the fire back into their respective relationships, as well as starring in The Best Man on Broadway. Whatta overachiever, that John Stamos.
We, of course, jumped at the opportunity to check out the set of My Man is a Loser and grabbed Stamos in between takes to pick his brain on relationships, fashion, and music. Admittedly, we did forget to ask him about one pressing issue: What ever happened to predictability? The milkman? The paperboy? Evening TV?
In My Man is a Loser your character helps two guys put the flame back into their respective relationships. What are your relationship tips in real life? "Well, honesty I think is a good one. Respect. I’m always trying to be respectful, but I don’t really have any advice or I would give it to myself."
The things the two characters you help wind up doing eventually backfire on them. Have you ever changed yourself for a woman or taken a risk in a relationship only to later regret it? "Yeah. Yes. People do that, but a real relationship isn’t about change. Sure, there's a bit of compromise, but you have to stay true to yourself, right? If you’re making too big of a change, you’re not yourself."

You tweeted a picture of a nudity rider for your character in "My Man is a Loser" the other day. Can you tell us about that?
"Well, I didn’t think I had ever signed one of those before…"

Not on Full House?
"Well, Full House a little bit and Glee, of course. No, it was one of those things where I looked at it and was just like, 'This is funny.' I guess I had to sign away with saying I’m okay with nudity around me. I should have one of those when you come into my bedroom. But, yeah, it said the character Mike was going to get a lap dance."


The movie is set in New York. What role does New York play?
"Energy. It's a lot of it is fast paced and night clubs. My character's life is New York-y and clubs and girls and energy."

Aside from filming My Man is a Loser and starring in The Best Man on Broadway, what's on your summer to-do list while you're here in New York?
"I love the art here, I love the theater, I love the music. There’s always a good jam night happening somewhere. The Bitter End — some of my friends will play down there and I’ll jump in and play drums. I like that."

What's on your playlist this summer?
"I do try to keep up with the new stuff, but I don’t have any specifics. It’s the summer. I crank The Beach Boys. What else am I going to do? Playing with them has been the thrill of my life, really. Since ’85 I started joining them on tour."

What do you get out of music that you feel is so different?

"Music is more emotional. Well. It’s... It leads into playing live. It’s also what I like about stage. I like to be able to move people live and feel their energy. It's such a weid thing — I'm playing drums and I’m playing a song and I can see people clapping and dancing and I’m like, 'Wow. There’s 20,000 people out there right now moving to what my foot is doing.’ What a trip that is. Acting, depending on what you’re doing, can move people certain ways, but music, especially music like The Beach Boys, it just makes people smile. That’s a pretty nice feeling."


You've said that your biggest fashion regret is your '80s mullet. Any other sartorial, what-was-I-thinking moments?

"From ’83 till about two years ago I regret most of my hair and clothing. The young kids [that are famous today] know how to dress and handle themselves. I was just a dopey kid from Orange County."

So, do you have a stylist now?
"No, I mean I work with some people, but no. I’ve learned to keep it classic. Not to take too many changes. A guy can do that and still look great."

Let's talk about women's fashion. Is there anything that you particularly do not like to see on women?
"I always found that women are very much into shoes and I rarely look at women’s shoes. I remember being in relationships where girls had so many shoes and I never looked at them too much."

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