From Meth Addict to Mom: Jodie Sweetin's Comeback

"Full House" actress Jodie Sweetin welcomed a new baby seven weeks ago.

ByABC News via logo
June 5, 2008, 8:51 AM

June 5, 2008 — -- At a mere 26 years old, former "Full House" actress Jodie Sweetin has lived a roller coaster of a life. She has been a child star, a wife, a drug addict and a divorcee, recently adding the role of mother when she gave birth to 7-week old daughter Zoie.

The happiness she shares with her newborn baby and husband of 10 months, Cody Herpin -- her second marriage -- was a long time coming for a woman who struggled for years with a crystal meth addiction. But Sweetin has fought back to get the life she wants and avoid the cliche of troubled Hollywood child stars so often featured in the tabloids.

Sweetin shot to fame as one of "Full House's" oh-so-cute, pint-size co-stars, playing Stephanie Tanner while her contemporaries were running around a kindergarten classroom.

"It's funny because at the time I didn't consider it work," she said. "I loved it, and when you're a little kid, it's like playing pretend, sort of, and you know, and getting paid for it."

From age 5 until the show was canceled when she was 13, Sweetin enjoyed playing the precocious little sister.

But when the show ended, the actress found herself without a job and without any self-esteem.

"I had this extra hurdle to overcome, of trying to prove who I wasn't that I wasn't, the girl from 'Full House,'" she said. "But I didn't really know who Jodie was and looking for other things to, to fix that and kind of fill that void."

She did know she had high expectations for herself.

"I expected a lot out of myself and to kind of always be perfect," she said. "There is a sort of self-doubt that comes along with that high expectation of yourself."

Those feelings aren't uncommon, said psychoanalyst Bethany Marshall.

"When you're 5 years old, and you're on a set, it sets up a feeling early in life that you need to please the adults around you and that is enormous pressure for a child," Marshall said. "And, probably, for Jodie, that pressure trumped all of those later developmental stages and her whole sense of identity got fused with her role."