Jodie Sweetin—Stephanie on Full House—has released a memoir, Unsweetened, in which she talks about her acting career, her addiction problems, her two marriages, and her daughter, Zoie. She says herself in the introduction that there are “things that I’m too horrified to tell anyone,” but the book does seem more painfully honest and unairbrushed than most celebrity autobiographies. Here are the high—or rather, the low—points:
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were not very nice to her on the Full House set. Once, when Sweetin was coping with the embarrassment of a tooth coming in crooked, one of the twins turned to her and said, “Why do you have a tooth growing out of there?”
She had her first drink at 14 and was smoking pot at 15. When the cops stopped her and a carload of friends for toilet-papering someone’s house, a very drunk Sweetin “literally fell out of the car and started puking everywhere.”
By college she’d moved on to Ecstasy, and then cocaine; by the time she married at 20, she began to experiment with meth. When she attended the LA premiere of New York Minute, a Mary Kate and Ashley film, in May 2004, she writes, “I knew I couldn’t last a New York minute without doing more meth. I had it in my purse, with a straw, in a little baggie inside a lip-gloss container. Often I would do meth quickly in public bathrooms, blowing the smoke into wet paper towels so you couldn’t see it. At the premiere, though, I just snorted it because I knew I couldn’t bring a whole pipe.”
After a stint in rehab, she began working at the facility as an assistant — but relapsed almost immediately. “One of my jobs was to help move clients into the facility. On one such occasion, I was asked to move a college girl out of her dorm… My job was to help her pack up her stuff and drive her to Passages. As we were putting her clothes, books and shower shoes into a box we stumbled across a bag of meth that she had forgotten…I knew I was supposed to be the responsible person. I was supposed to pack her bags and bring her to rehab. Instead, we opted to get high.”
A short drug-and-alcohol infused romance led to her second marriage. Shocked to find herself pregnant, she became clean immediately, but began drinking again shortly after her daughter Zoie was born. When she and her husband decided to divorce, he filed for full custody. The judge ordered her supervised until he could make a decision. As of the book’s completion, she had been sober 114 days.
What do you think — is this a book you’ll read?