Lori Loughlin reveals why she turned down 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Lori Loughlin: Being on 'Fuller House' Set Was 'Surreal'

By: Chelsea Huang

"Fuller House" star Jodie Sweetin may be making her mark on "Dancing with the Stars" this season, but don't expect Aunt Becky to cha-cha in her footsteps.

Lori Loughlin, 51, who is a huge fan of the hit reality ballroom dance competition, was actually approached to appear on show, but she turned producers down.

"I'm absolutely terrified. I don't think I could ever do it. If I thought i could do it and wouldn't make a complete fool of myself, I might give it a try," she told AOL in an exclusive interview. "It's just the fear of i will just look like -- did you see Geraldo Rivera? God bless him, kudos to him, I'm so in awe ... But he walked through the dance and that would be me."

In the meantime, the actress, who is on hiatus from filming after season one of "Fuller House," has been pursuing an issue close to her heart -- providing clean water for those around the world who lack access.

"I mean, we're in a drought in California, and people are whining because we can't water our lawns -- and here's 663 million who don't have clean drinking water," she said.

Lori Loughlin through the years:

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UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 07: THE EDGE OF NIGHT - 1981 - Lori Loughlin (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - CIRCA 1981: Christopher Atkins and Lori Loughlin circa 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bret Lundberg/IMAGES/Getty Images)
NEW YORK CITY - JULY 29: Lori Loughlin attends 21st Birthday Party for Christopher Atkins on July 29, 1982 at Studio 54 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
FULL HOUSE - 'Tanner Vs. Gibbler' - Airdate: October 21, 1988. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)JOHN STAMOS;LORI LOUGHLIN
WESTWOOD,CA - MARCH 8: Actress Lori Loughlin attends the 'Chances Are' Westwood Premiere on March 8, 1989 at Mann Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
Promotional studio portrait of American actor Lori Loughlin of the television series, 'Full House,' circa 1989. (Photo by Fotos International/Getty Images)
FULL HOUSE - 'Double Trouble' - Airdate: September 17, 1991. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)LORI LOUGHLIN
FULL HOUSE - Ad Gallery - September 25, 1991. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)BOB SAGET;JODIE SWEETIN;JOHN STAMOS;DAVE COULIER;LORI LOUGHLIN
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 9: Actress Lori Loughlin attends the 'ABC Affiliates Party' on June 9, 1994 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/WireImage)
FULL HOUSE - 'Under The Influence' - December 6, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)JOHN STAMOS;LORI LOUGHLIN;DAVE COULIER
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 790 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Lori Loughlin during an interview with host Jay Leno on October 25, 1995 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Lori Loughlin during 'Shrek 2' Los Angeles Premiere - Green Carpet at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 15: Actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the Hugo Boss Fall/Winter 2005 Collection Show at the Beverly Hills Hotel on March 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Tiffani Thiessen and Lori Loughlin (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Lori Loughlin during Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening Benefiting Women's Cancer Research Fund - Arrivals and Inside at The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel The Regent Beverly Wilshire H in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Lori Loughlin with her daughter Olivia during Los Angeles Premiere of LionsGate's 'Happily N'Ever After' Hosted by the Hot Moms Club at The Mann Festival Theater in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for LIONSGATE)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Actress Lori Loughlin attends the Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening cocktail reception benefiting Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Women's Cancer Research Fund held at the Beverly Wishire Hotel on February 20, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
Lori Loughlin at the '90210' press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on October 1, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron and actress Lori Loughlin arrive at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on January 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for PCA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 27: Actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 13th annual Unforgettable Evening benefiting EIF held at Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on January 27, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Lori Loughlin is seen on January 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Lori Loughlin appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
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As a working mother of two, the issue resonates with Loughlin, because women and girls are particularly impacted -- they often bear the burden of walking miles each day to collect clean water in Jerry cans, which weigh up to 40 lbs. when full.

Loughlin has partnered with one of her favorite brands, Emergen-C, for the #40Pounds challenge, in which she's asking fans and social media users to post a photo holding anything weighing approximately 40 lbs. on Instagram or Twitter using the tag @EmergenC and #40Pounds. For each post, Emergen-C has pledged to donate $5

"$5 is huge, right? It's a lot of money. Think about it! It really is exciting and i think its important and its necessary, and I can't even wrap my head around the fact that people dont have access to clean drinking water."

It couldn't be a better partnership for Loughlin, who swears by Emergen-C packets as part of her wellness routine.

"I'm not even kidding. I take an Emergen-C packet every day. Especially when I work, and I'm on set with 200 people on a crew, I am constantly drinking it throughout the day. I don't want to jinx myself, but I did not get sick this winter," she said.

It's a good thing she didn't get sick on set. Fans of "Fuller House" will be relieved to know that her smooching partner, John Stamos, was safe from any illnesses. But not everyone escaped kissing season scot-free. Loughlin revealed how her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, felt about her locking lips with the Greek heartthrob.

"Yeah, he's jealous. He wants to kiss John Stamos, too! My golden retriever wants to kiss John Stamos!"

Click through for more nostalgic snaps from "Full House:"

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'Full House' while on set!
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FULL HOUSE - Cast Gallery - August 8, 1989. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DAVE COULIER;JODIE SWEETIN;MARY-KATE/ASHLEY OLSEN;BOB SAGET;CANDACE CAMERON;JOHN STAMOS
FULL HOUSE - 'The Perfect Couple' - Airdate: December 14, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)BOB SAGET;DAVE COULIER;LORI LOUGHLIN;JOHN STAMOS
FULL HOUSE - 'The Perfect Couple' - Airdate: December 14, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)BOB SAGET;DAVE COULIER
FULL HOUSE - 'I've Got A Secret' - October 18, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DAVE COULIER;DOT JONES
FULL HOUSE - 'Air Jesse' - February 7, 1995. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)BOB SAGET;DAVE COULIER;BUDDY THE WONDERDOG;DYLAN/BLAKE TUOMY-WILHOIT;JOHN STAMOS
FULL HOUSE - 'Air Jesse' - February 7, 1995. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DAVE COULIER;BOB SAGET;JOHN STAMOS
FULL HOUSE - 'Michelle Rides Again - Part I' - May 23, 1995. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)JOHN STAMOS;BOB SAGET;DAVE COULIER;BIFF MANARD
FULL HOUSE - 'Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen' - December 13, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DAVE COULIER;MARY-KATE/ASHLEY OLSEN;JOHN STAMOS;DYLAN/BLAKE TUOMY-WILHOIT;BOB SAGET;MICKEY ROONEY;JODIE SWEETIN;MARY-KATE/ASHLEY OLSEN;CANDACE CAMERON;LORI LOUGHLIN
FULL HOUSE - 'On The Road Again' - November 8, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)BOB SAGET;DAVE COULIER
FULL HOUSE - Cast Gallery - August 22, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DAVE COULIER;BOB SAGET;JODIE SWEETIN;MARY-KATE OLSEN;ANDREA BARBER;BLAKE TUOMY-WILHOIT;LORI LOUGHLIN;JOHN STAMOS;DYLAN TUOMY-WILHOIT
FULL HOUSE - 'Breaking Away' - October 4, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DYLAN/BLAKE TUOMY-WILHOIT;DAVE COULIER;JOHN STAMOS
FULL HOUSE - 'I've Got A Secret' - October 18, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)BOB SAGET;JOHN STAMOS;DAVE COULIER
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 27: FULL HOUSE - On location in San Francisco - Season Eight - 9/27/94, Pictured, from left: Dave Coulier (Joey), Bob Saget (Danny), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie), Mary Kate Olsen (Michelle), Candace Cameron (D.J.), Andrea Barber (Kimmy), Blake Tuomy-Wilhoit (Nicky), Lori Loughlin (Rebecca), Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit (Alex), John Stamos (Jesse). , (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 27: FULL HOUSE - Cast gallery - Season Eight - 9/27/94, Pictured, from left: Andrea Barber (Kimmy), Dave Coulier (Joey), Ashley Olsen (Michelle), Candace Cameron (D.J.), Bob Saget (Danny), Blake/Dylan Tuomy-Wilhoit (Nicky/Alex), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie), Lori Loughlin (Rebecca), John Stamos (Jesse), (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
FULL HOUSE - 'Another Opening, Another No Show' - Airdate: November 2, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)CANDACE CAMERON;LORI LOUGHLIN;DAVE COULIER
FULL HOUSE - 'The Prying Game' - Airdate: November 16, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)JOHN STAMOS;DAVE COULIER
FULL HOUSE - 'The Prying Game' - Airdate: November 16, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DAVE COULIER;DYLAN/BLAKE TUOMY-WILHOIT
FULL HOUSE - 'Fast Friends' - Airdate: October 12, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DAVE COULIER;JOHN STAMOS
FULL HOUSE - 'Wrong-Way Tanner' - Airdate: September 28, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DAVE COULIER;MARY-KATE OLSEN
FULL HOUSE - 'The Long Goodbye' - Airdate: September 29, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DAVE COULIER;BOB SAGET
FULL HOUSE - 'Come Fly With Me' - Airdate: September 22, 1992. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)CYD STRITTMATTER;JODIE SWEETIN;MARY-KATE/ASHLEY OLSEN;BOB SAGET;DAVE COULIER;JOHN STAMOS
THE VIEW - Actor and comedian Jay Mohr guest co-hosts; Guests include Full House actors John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier reunite; Anthony Bourdain (ABC's 'The Taste'); La La Anthony (author, The Love Playbook) today, Wednesday, January 29, 2014 on ABC's 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) JOHN STAMOS, BOB SAGET
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