Getting To Know Actress, Writer, And Model Caitlin McHugh!

Who is actress Caitlin McHugh? Learn more about her here!

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Getting To Know Actress, Writer, And Model Caitlin McHugh!

Who is Caitlin McHugh Stamos?

Caitlin McHugh is an American actress, model, and writer who happens to be married to the famous actor John Stamos. Born Caitlin Maureen Empeno McHugh in Santa Monica, California in 1986 to parents Leilani Empeno and Timothy McHugh, Caitlin is of Filipino and Irish descent. She grew up and attended school in California, graduating from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, an all-girls catholic high school in La Cañada Flintridge, California, in 2004. Caitlin proceeded to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied contemporary dance for two years.

Caitlin McHugh later married Massimo Lusardi a restaurateur in 2011 but unfortunately, things didn’t work out, the couple separated a few months into the marriage and divorced 3 years later. In 2018 Caitlin married John Stamos after being engaged for a year and dating for the same length of time. Prior to getting married the pair had been expecting their first child which they named Billy Stamos after John’s father who passed away a few years ago.

As a kid growing up in California, Caitlin McHugh always had an interest in performing arts, be it acting or dancing. She also majored in contemporary dance so it was no surprise when she ventured into television and film. Like everyone else in Hollywood, she started small with appearances on TV commercials and later evolved into much more promising roles.

What Is Caitlin McHugh Famous For?    

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Caitlin is best known for her role as  Sloan in season five of the popular TV series The Vampire Diaries. She also made her mark as an actress and writer for I Am Legend in 2007,  Alleged in 2012, and Random Tropical Paradise in 2017 she also featured in and gained credits for several other short films and television projects over the years. In 2017, she and her current husband John Stamos co-wrote and co-starred in a romantic comedy short film called "Ingenue-ish".

Caitlin McHugh is also a successful model signed to  Wilhelmina Models, through which she has appeared on several TV commercials for big brands like  Buick and Colgate toothpaste just to name a few. So he has also gained popularity for being married to John Stamos and finally starting a family together. The two love birds have been married to other people before but unfortunately, things didn’t last but this time around they have been given a second chance at love and they seem to be enjoying it to the fullest.

Who Is Caitlin McHugh Married To? 

  After being in a relationship which they kept private for 3 years Caitlin McHugh got married to John Stamos in February 2018.  They tied the knot in a private ceremony with family and close friends at a small Church in Studio City, California. A reception was later held at the Stamos residence in  Beverly Hills.

Despite being victims of burglary of over $165,000 in jewelry during their wedding weekend, the pair managed to make their wedding-worthy of a Disney movie. The Beverly Hills Police Department told People magazine the couples  Beverly Hills Hotel room had been burglarized in their absence on the eve of their wedding. This did not in any way deter their plans as friends and family had the privilege of coming together to watch them exchange vows in a fairy tale wedding.

Their engagement too was Disney-themed, Stamos popped the big question in Disneyland which is Caitlin’s favorite place in the world. He screened a short film he made by putting together some of the most iconic and romantic moments from popular animated Pixar and Disney films ending with the big question. Caitlin shared the moment with her followers on her Instagram story.

Who is John Stamos?

A kid from Cypress, California, John Stamos was born in 1963 to parents of Greek origin. He grew up as the eldest son of a family of 3 kids, John and his two younger sisters Alana and Janeen got involved in the family business as teenagers. Their father Bill Stamos was a restaurateur, and his children worked for the family's fast-food restaurants. John Stamos most of his teenage years working in his family’s restaurant and playing drums for the John F. Kennedy High School's marching band.

He developed an interest in performing arts at 15 when he experienced his first  Beach Boys concert. After high school, he decided to pursue music and acting and his parents supported his artistic dreams by allowing him to take a shot at acting before going to college. Shortly after this leap of faith for his parents, John Stamos landed a major role on ABC’s soap opera General Hospital as Blackie Parrish. Stamos gained popularity and became the new Hollywood heartthrob. He greatly transformed his Blackie Parrish character from a short 5 episode feature to a 2 years stint. He also won several awards and nominations for the character.

Next Stamos landed a career-defining role as Uncle Jesse in Full House, a  family-friendly show on ABC. Uncle Jesse is an iconic character who is a biker and worshipper of all things Elvis. He is the brother-in-law to a single father (Bob Saget) and helps him raise his 3 daughters D.J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle ( by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). The series was a hit and by the second season Stamos’ name had been cemented in Hollywood, his career was made.

Over the years, Stamos starred in other big productions like ER, Dreams on CBS,  YOU, and recently Fuller House on Netflix. He also had the privilege of touring and recording with  The Beach Boys as well as performing on Broadway. At some point Stamos transitioned to film, he starred in Never Too Young To Die, Born to Ride (1991); The Disappearance of Christina (1993), and Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story (1994).

He later ventured into production and founded his own company  St. Amos Productions focusing on small-screen productions. Some of his best work earned him Emmy nominations. St. Amos produced Beach Boys: An American Family (2000); MTVs The Virgin Chronicles (2002), etc. Stamos soon returned to ER as one of the main characters, Dr. Tony Gates, a  military veteran doctor. He appeared in an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination adaptation of  'A Raisin in the Sun’, alongside Phylicia Rashad, and Sean Diddy Combs. Some of his other works include broadway’s Bye Bye Birdie, Glee, 'Scream Queens, Grandfathered, ABC's The Little Mermaid Live! Just to name a few.

What Are Caitlin McHugh's Works?  

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Caitlin officially began her acting career in the movie ‘I Am Legend’, for which she earned six credits. She proceeded to play Sloan on the highly acclaimed ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and romantic-comedy ‘Ingenue-ish’ which she co-wrote. In addition, she has received credits for other projects she has been on either as a writer, an actress, or both. For instance, she got recognition for her role in  Alleged and Random Tropical Paradise. 

How Did She And Her Husband, John Stamos Meet?    

John Stamos and McHugh first met on set in 2011 when filming an episode of Law & Order: SVU. They worked together but nothing clicked, they parted ways until their paths crossed again. No words can better narrate it than John’s own words in a 2017 People interview. Here’s what he had to say:

“I played a guy who was so egotistical that he thought he should spread his progeny, so he had like 60 kids or something. He was poking holes in condoms and stuff. And Caitlin, ironically, was one of the girls that I was trying to fool and have a baby with,” Stamos explained. “That was a long time ago. She was in another relationship then’’. 

‘’And then we just met back up again when her roommate was on an episode of Fuller House, and so she was in the audience. I walked in, I went, ‘Hey, are you stalking me?’ She was like, ‘No…’ That’s why I love her. She’s like, ‘What? No. I haven’t thought of you twice.' And as they say, the rest is history.

What Is Her Most Recent Work?    

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Caitlin McHugh Stamos is currently working hard to raise awareness to amplify research, create funding, and provide treatment for ALS patients. Together with her husband John Stamos, the couple is doing everything they can to spread the word on how challenging the disease is and to lawmakers to pass a bill that will improve the plight of ALS patients. They are using their platform to get as many people as they can onboard this initiative.

The couple is also working on a jewelry line called St. Amos Jewelry with proceeds geared towards an organization that helps abused children. The charity is called ChildHelp and the next collection is known as My Saint My Hero will be launched in 2021. The couple says they get inspiration and motivation from their son Billy to make the world a much better place, especially for children.

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Apart from being a household name on television, John Stamos has always been in the spotlight, his dating life and relationship with supermodel ex-wife Rebecca Romijn was the talk of the day. So, it’s no surprise that his current love story is attracting so much attention even though the couple is trying to be as discreet as they can. It doesn’t help matters that Caitlin McHugh is a star in her own right and a stunning model.

However, the pair seem to have figured out how to balance their successful Hollywood careers with raising a family, we wish them to live happily ever after.