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John Stamos

Best recognized for his role as "Uncle Jesse" on the hit comedy series "Full House." John currently stars on ABC's new series "Jake In Progress." His Hollywood status solidified during his marriage to the beautiful model Rebecca Romijn. He made his film debut in the motorcycle movie Born to Ride, but he never fully made a transition to films. After a short time recording with the Beach Boys as a singer and drummer, he started dancing as well and joined the Broadway cast of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In 1998, he married his model/actress Rebecca Romijn and hosted the VH1 celebrity talk show The List. He then turned to producing television with the ABC miniseries The Beach Boys: An American Family. In 2002, he began playing the Master of Ceremonies in the Broadway production of Cabaret. John was born on August 19, 1963, in California.

John Stamos finds art imitating life

'Jake in Progress' about single man pursuing love. Consider "Jake in Progress" the latest example of how things can come in threes.

After a preview last Sunday, the new John Stamos comedy arrives on its regular night, Thursday, with back-to-back episodes airing 8 p.m. EST. Its network: ABC, which already has enjoyed a Lazarus-like recovery with "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," the season's most-talked-about hits. Now could "Jake in Progress" be the third?

Why not? "Jake" is fresh, antic and smart, with the former "Full House" star exhibiting a gift for adult romantic comedy while making sport of his image since teenhood as a heartthrob.

Playing a slick PR agent who mostly handles celebrity clients, he is surrounded by a splendid supporting cast: Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") as Jake's diva-ish boss; Ian Gomez as his childhood friend, a schlubby suburban dentist with the stable family life Jake thinks he wants; and, as a demented performance artist forever hounding Jake to either be his publicist or his best friend, the hilarious Rick Hoffman.

"I knew the character I wanted to play," says Stamos, thinking back to when the show first began to take shape. "He's a guy who can make everyone else seem like they have their act together -- but he doesn't. His life is in shambles."

Well, maybe not in shambles. But Jake has his hang-ups -- sweaty palms when he gets nervous; issues about age (he's observed his 32nd birthday the past three years); a grass-is-greener fixation, whether it's for the supermodel across the room who seems sexier than the girl he's with, or for the latest model cell phone in somebody else's hand that makes him instantly unhappy with the one he owns.

His biggest problem: Weary (or so he claims) of bedding one hottie after another, Jake believes he wants to settle down.
'I never thought I'd be single at 41'

The series was originally meant to have Jake settling down from its first week -- "basically, 'Mad About You,' " Stamos explains.

Then his life and the show's evolving concept began to mirror each other.

A year ago, Stamos separated from his wife, supermodel-turned-actress Rebecca Romijn-Stamos. "Meanwhile, ABC picked up the show, but wanted Jake out there dating. I said, 'Yeah, let him be a guy who's looking to fall in love again.' So it all paralleled my life, and suddenly the show became more personal to me. There are scenes sometimes that hit right to the core.

"I never thought I'd be single at 41, never in a million years," says Stamos, whose divorce became final earlier this month. "It's for the best, and it's exciting. But a lot of it's depressing."

Mind you, there is no self-pity in evidence. Nor, for that matter, does Stamos display a leading-man swagger, despite his poster-boy status since landing a role on "General Hospital" at 18. Turns out he is, if anything, better-looking than his handsome on-screen puss.

No big deal. He comes across in person as an ordinary joe. One minute he is voicing pride and cautious optimism about his new show, the next commiserating with a fellow loser in love.

"I had two three-year relationships before I met Rebecca, and then I was with her for 10 years," he muses, "so this is really kind of new to me."
'You want advice? Don't ask me!'

Sure, John, but isn't it like riding a bicycle? So how about advice on how to find a new bicycle?

Stamos laughs. "I was just in Brazil with my friends, who were making fun of me because girls weren't falling all over me -- they didn't know who I was. And I had no idea what to do. In Brazil, of all places! For 2 1/2 weeks! Nothing! Not a kiss! All of a sudden, I was just a regular guy, without a 20-year history on television. You want advice? Don't ask me!"

Not that it was the first time he's been asked. Nor is this the first time he is asked the next, inevitable question: What about "Full House," the treacly family sitcom that ran on ABC from 1987 to 1995, and has haunted him since.

"The whole time I was on it, I wished I was on another show, I'm not gonna lie to you," he gamely replies. "But I look back on it fondly, and I'm proud of it. Was it 'Seinfeld,' 'Friends,' 'Mary Tyler Moore'? No. Was it a heartwarming show you could watch with your kids? Yes. And there's nothing wrong with that.

"But it's taken me years to have people realize that I can do more than that mullet-headed, guitar-playing motorcycle guy. It's been methodical, it's been slow, it's been 10 years of doing theater, independent movies, and hiding out for a while and just growing up and becoming a man."

Among other things, Stamos has toured with the Beach Boys playing drums, and co-produced the miniseries, "Beach Boys: An American Family." He played the master of ceremonies in a Broadway revival of "Cabaret." In 2001 he starred in "Thieves," a short-lived romantic action series on ABC.

"I also took a back seat for a while to my ex's success, and loved it," he says. "I was proud of her. So I've performed under the radar the last few years, and I don't blame people for just knowing me from 'Full House.' As soon as I give them something else to see me in -- hopefully it's 'Jake in Progress' -- then they'll have a different perception."

An actor looking to leave his past behind, Stamos just might do it here, with a comic version of his present.

Stamos Seeks Big Apple Love

Manhattan columnist and fashionista Carrie Bradshaw found true love in "Sex and the City." Will New York publicist Jake Phillips be as lucky?

"Jake in Progress," a smart, funny sitcom ABC is previewing Sunday, March 13, before sliding it into a regular Thursday berth on March 17, stars John Stamos as Jake, a handsome and stylish publicist to the stars who earns his living making other people -- testy, demanding, very high-maintenance people -- look good.

Alas, Jake could use a professional spin consultant of his own. Nearing 40, he is still shellshocked from being dumped recently by his fiancee. Nevertheless, he's ready to find and settle down with a real soulmate -- if he can conquer knee-jerk commitment phobia and other emotional maladies common to the male gender.
As an adult, Jake is, in short, a work in progress. He's also a complex, multifaceted and delightful comedy creation that may give Stamos the same kind of TV career makeover that Teri Hatcher has enjoyed this season in "Desperate Housewives."

Certainly Stamos' old "Full House" fans may be stunned by the actor's transformation into a sophisticated comic leading man of the first order, although Stamos himself doesn't see why people should be all that surprised.

"A lot of people know me only from that mullet-headed dude on 'Full House,' and I don't blame them," he says. "But in the past eight or nine years, I've done a tremendous amount of theater and some independent movie work. I think I have grown up so much since that guy, and they aren't used to seeing me as an adult.

"I've become a different actor. The confidence I have, the ease in using my body, is from all the stage work I've done," adds the actor, who drew good reviews for his work in recent revivals of "Cabaret" and "Nine."

Stamos also is quick to give credit to the writing of series creator Austin Winsberg, who originally envisioned "Jake in Progress" as a romantic comedy variant on "24," with each season focusing on one day in the life of Jake and his mate: the first date, the wedding day, the birth of their first child, etc.

"We all agreed that it was going to be difficult to sustain the '24' concept over the course of a season, and ... we all kind of responded to the idea of showing a little bit more of [Jake] in his world," Winsberg explains.

"We're talking about a guy who's a bachelor, who's trying to change his bachelor ways. We thought it would be easier to tell those stories over more time with different women. And it also lent us the opportunity to spend more time at the PR firm, which we had a lot of fun with early on."

The show drew three comic aces to play the main trio drifting in and out of Jake's office: tactless (and pregnant) boss Naomi (Wendie Malick, "Just Shoot Me"); lifelong buddy Adrian (Ian Gomez, "Felicity"), a married dentist; and Patrick (Rick Hoffman, "Philly"), a lonely, neurotic performance artist who trails Jake like a morose puppy.

Stamos says his three co-stars are among his chief pleasures in doing this new show.

"When Wendie came on the show, she just added such class to the project," Stamos says. "She really kind of anchors the show for me. And she couldn't be more delightful. Doing a scene with her is like playing beautiful music. She has such great chops, just incredible. She makes it so easy.

"Hopefully this will be the show that finally does it for Rick, because he has such a unique voice for television. I tell him he's going to be 'the new handsome Kramer,' and Ian is just a great equalizer between Rick and me. Oddly enough we have become really great friends already. We're going to Brazil next week, just the three of us, and we really aren't very far from the three guys we play as far as our friendship."

Ultimately, though, it's Stamos that carries the show so confidently, softening Jake's occasional blunders with his own easygoing likability. If Stamos seems to have an intuitive grasp on this character, that may be partly because Jake's situation mirrors real life for the 41-year-old Stamos since the recent collapse of his own marriage.

"I certainly didn't expect to find myself in this situation at this point in my life," he says. "I'm very uncomfortable dating. I'd much rather be in a relationship, but I refuse to rush into the first one that comes around. It's been difficult because I go out on one date and then it's in the press, and I feel it's not fair to the girl, it's not fair to me."

Like Jake, Stamos says he's trying to widen his dating prospects to include "real women," not just the actresses and models he comes in contact with during the course of his business day.

"I hope people didn't find that sexist or politically incorrect," Stamos says, "because all I meant by that was just that I love all women. When you're younger and get thrown into this business, that's all you're around. I'm not saying I would never date another actress or model again, but now that I am older, especially, there's a whole other world of women out there that my eyes are being opened to.

"I'm looking for someone with heart, with a sense of humor -- someone who's not jaded, and is looking to have a family, because I definitely am ready to have a family."

John Stamos is in the house

The love of his life dumped him and now he's once again lost in a world of one-night stands with thong-wearing models with fake tans and butterfly tattoos on the smalls of their backs. That's Jake Phillips, the character John Stamos plays in his new comedy series, Jake in Progress.
The real Stamos, divorced as of March 1 from model/actress Rebecca Romijn after six years of marriage, is looking for something a bit more fulfilling."My relationship was really fun," Stamos, 41, says of the times he shared with his ex. "We had a great time. Maybe too much fun. There was a period of time where I kind of lost myself a little bit."

He also lost the Santa Monica Mountains ranch house he shared with Romijn. Since their split a year ago, Stamos has lived in three different homes, including a Malibu beach house, and his current bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills, where, a few days before, he bit into some glass-laced guacamole while entertaining a date. "Blood was gushing out," he remembers. But his main concern: that he wouldn't get a good-night kiss.
Concerned about scenes he was scheduled to reshoot the following morning, he refused stitches that would have impaired his ability to speak. And he was still bleeding during lunch at a cafe on the Sunset Strip. Says Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg: "He's putting his heart and soul and blood on the line for this show."

Perhaps that's because dating is a subject Stamos has mastered ever since he was 18 and appeared on the daytime soap opera General Hospital. His GH co-star at the time was Demi Moore, who was then married to her first husband, Freddy Moore. It was widely reported she and Stamos were an item, but he denies such reports. "We did hang out," he says, "but she was married at the time."

Just "hanging out" is also how he describes his reported relationship with his Full House love, Lori Loughlin, back when both were '80s soap stars. He now considers Loughlin among his closest friends — as he does his Full House "nieces," Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Stamos has proven himself to be a real-life "Uncle Jesse" to Mary-Kate during her eating disorder crisis, but unwittingly played a part in Ashley's $40 million lawsuit against the National Enquirer, by introducing her to her boyfriend, New York restaurateur Scott Sartiano. In the suit, Olsen says she was defamed in a story in the tabloid's Feb. 21 issue that alleged she was involved in a drug scandal and that Sartiano has sold drugs in the past.

Stamos spent New Year's Eve with the Olsens and calls Sartiano "one of the most upstanding, straight-shooting, good men that I know in my life. I just heard yesterday from Scott about the lawsuit. I can't even get Scott to drink a beer."

As for Mary-Kate, he reports she "looked great" and "ate more than I did" when they dined at Sartiano's restaurant, Butter. "She ate a huge meal, then ate some of mine and ordered a huge dessert."

So what led to the breakup of his marriage? Stamos is careful not to bash his ex, but admits he was more shocked by the split than anyone. "I thought I'd be married forever. The first couple months you're in shock, and then all of a sudden you realize this is for real."

It hasn't been easy seeing magazine photos of his 32-year-old ex out with her new 30-year-old beau, Jerry O'Connell. "For that reason, I try not to look," he says. "I accidentally saw one picture and it looked like she was happy. And that makes me happy. I do care for her, and I do have love for her."

Immediately after the split, Stamos said that he and Romijn were leaving their marriage as close friends, but he now admits they've decided to take some time apart. "I think we'll get there," he says. "But we both need time to live our new lives, and that's what we're doing."

John or Jake, in his own words

John Stamos' slick, serial-dating character Jake Phillips in Jake in Progress has his own philosophy when it comes to the dating scene. Stamos reveals whether he shares Jake's views.

Jake-ism #1:
The "grass is greener" curse:
Despite seemingly having it all, Jake is constantly drawn to what he doesn't have, chiefly the latest pair of sexy legs that crosses his path. "The truth is the grass isn't greener, it's just different," Stamos says. "If you have a good lawn, take care of it."

Jake-ism #2:
Rule of 4: Four unreturned phone calls will give a woman the message that you're just not interested.
"Jake's a little bit more of a game player than I am," Stamos says. "I'm always honest from the beginning. I tell them, 'I'm going to date other people; you wanna hang out?' "

Jake-ism #3
One-night stands are more trouble than they're worth:
"I'm not going to act like some saint," Stamos says. "I'm a guy who's been with one woman for a long time, so it's kind of fun to date. But you can't spend your whole life in that very alluring playground or you reach a point of no return."

Jake-ism #4
No more "shallow, boring models:"
Stamos, who has romanced many supermodels, says his potential date's occupation is of no concern, just so long as "she has a sense of humor, sense of family and sense of loyalty. I don't care if she's a juggler on Venice Beach."

 

New John Stamos Comedy On ABC 'Jake In Progress'

Series to Get Special Preview Sunday, March 13 Before Settling in on Thursday Night

"Jake in Progress," a new comedy series starring John Stamos as a smooth-as-silk celebrity publicist, will get a special preview with two back-to-back episodes airing SUNDAY, MARCH 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The series will premiere in its regular time slot THURSDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), where it is slated to air two episodes back-to-back for six weeks.

In its Sunday preview, "Jake in Progress" will follow "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which has been a consistent performer Sunday at 8:00 p.m. for ABC this season. "Home Edition" is drawing an average audience of 15.7 million viewers and a 6.5 rating, 16 share among Adults 18-49, ranking as the second-highest-rated TV program on Sunday night, behind only ABC's "Desperate Housewives."

Jake Phillips tries to spin his professional and personal life in the best possible light, but doesn't quite always succeed. Life moves at a non-stop pace for Jake, a New York-based publicist-to-the-stars who's the key player at Magnum PR Agency. His overbearing boss, Naomi (Wendie Malick), is a woman whose disposition isn't improved by the fact that she's a soon-to-be single mom in the final weeks of pregnancy. Handsome and incredibly well-dressed, Jake is on call 24/7 to meet the needs of his A-list clientele: Whether it's a macho action star caught in an embarrassing clinch, an older actress trying to dump her much-younger (and even more famous) boyfriend, or two warring teen divas, he's there to spin the facts and control his client's image, a task that often leads him into unexpectedly funny situations.

But the drama in Jake's professional life has nothing on his personal life. Left a little vulnerable when his fiancie dumped him flat, Jake strives to find the perfect girl to commit to, once and for all.

"Jake in Progress" stars John Stamos as Jake, Ian Gomez as Adrian, Rick Hoffman as Patrick and Wendie Malick as Naomi.

The series is executive-produced by Brad Grey ("The Sopranos," "The Larry Sanders Show"), Peter Traugott, and Jeffrey Richman ("Frasier"). Tim Doyle ("Roseanne," "Andy Richter Controls the Universe") served as executive producer on the pilot. Austin Winsberg ("Still Standing") is creator and executive producer. The series is from Brad Grey Television Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television.

John Stamos is looking for an everyday girl

Waitresses and nurses of the world, get ready. John Stamos may be heading your way in search of "regular, real girls."
That's the dating approach being used by the actor after the breakup of his six-year marriage to Rebecca Romijn, reports World Entertainment News Network. It's bye-bye models and actresses (Becky's twin pursuits), and hello to women with a firmer grasp on everyday life.

Stamos, the darkly handsome vet of "Full House," will debut in a new ABC comedy in March titled "Jake in Progress." But his off-camera times will be spent in the pursuit of pulchritude minus the been there, done that celeb attitude.

As Stamos related, "I've gone out with some waitresses lately and I went out with a nurse. I think that's probably my route -- someone who is inspired and non-jaded and that's what's interesting about regular, real girls.

"I have so much to offer as far as my life. I hate talking up all the great things I have in my life; I'd love to share them with people. I met this girl and we went to Disneyworld and we didn't have to stand in line and she was just so excited. That made me so happy that she wasn't jaded. That's a road that I want to be on."

That road seems to be headed to Condescension City, but no problemo when the guy in the driver's seat is such a heartthrob.

Rebecca Romijn And John Stamos Move On

STAMOS LOOKS TO 'REAL WOMEN' AS HE MOVES ON FROM ROMIJN

REBECCA ROMIJN's estranged husband JOHN STAMOS is looking to date nurses and waitresses as he moves on from his painful marriage split.

The actor admits he's starting to find "real women" attractive after being married to former model Romijn for six years. Stamos says, "I've gone out with some waitresses lately and I went out with a nurse. I think that's probably my route; someone who is inspired and is non-jaded and that's what's interesting about regular real girls.

"I have so much to offer as far as my life. I hate talking up all the great things I have in my life, I'd love to share them with people.
"I met this girl and we went to DISNEYWORLD and we didn't have to stand in line and she was just so excited! That made me so happy that she wasn't jaded. That's a road that I want to be on."

 



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