Why John Stamos dropped the weights to get lean for ‘Grandfathered’
John Stamos is lean, enthusiastic and, at 52, still sporting an impressive head of hair. His professional dance card is full: On Feb. 26, Netflix is set to start streaming “Fuller House,” the reboot of ABC’s “Full House,” and Stamos will reprise his role as fan-favorite Uncle Jessie; a few weeks later Stamos hits the big screen in the film sequel “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.”
But Fox’s new comedy, “Grandfathered,” may be closest to his heart. Stamos plays Jimmy, a successful, smooth and seemingly content 50-year-old bachelor running an A-list bistro and still chasing very young women when his twentysomething son that he never knew existed shows up — with an infant daughter. Stamos, who is an executive producer, says the show’s story lines and characters go far beyond that premise, with humor and pathos. “People look at Jimmy — or even myself — and think we have it all together and life is easy,” says Stamos. “I know from experience it’s not so easy.... Jimmy wants to be better and make up for lost time.”
You’ve talked about feeling better after about a month in rehab following a DUI. What reinvigorated you?
I think over the last six months I had to go back to my early sense of discipline, regimen.... Life can knock you off your trajectory or your proper path, and I think that started to happen with life things — career and death and divorce and just stuff. So my main goal lately is to get back to good health.... You get a wake-up call.... Life is too precious and it’s time to get back to what got me here in the first place: being a good person and taking care of myself, taking care of others and being healthy enough to love.
Do you meditate?
How have your workouts evolved over the years?
In the 1980s and ‘90s, I spent a lot of time in the gym working out for a bigger body or big arms. Now, the suits I wear on “Grandfathered” are so tailored and sleek that I have [turned to] Pilates and swimming. They give me that lean look and strengthen my core. I fit workouts around my schedule. I do Pilates about three days a week, using the Reformer and other machines, as well as doing floor work and a lot of stretching. I swim laps three days a week and do a lot of push-ups and pull-ups. For cardio I run up and down a hill.
How much sleep do you get?
What gives you the most joy in life?
I like to make people happy. I know this sounds corny [but] later in life I get more enjoyment out of doing something for other people or seeing someone have a good time or laugh. And, I like music, like the kind I do with the Beach Boys; it’s universal and opens people’s hearts.