Actress Candace Cameron Bure says she has experienced both praise and criticism for openly sharing her Christian views on "Dancing With the Stars," a live TV competition in which she's been jumping, jiving and facing off against fellow entertainers each week on the dance floor.
Despite the mixed reaction, Bure told TheBlaze in a phone interview Monday that she's glad she's been able to share her faith over the past seven weeks, something she had already been doing for quite some time through both books and interviews.
"I've had so much support on one hand from the faith-filled audience and at the same time I've had a lot of criticism -- just the people who don't think that it's honoring for me to dance with someone other than my husband or [that I should] be in a world that's only Christian," Bure said. "And I just don't hold that point of view ... I'm not the person to be put only in the Christian bubble."
From left, Candace Cameron Bure, John Stamos and Bob Saget attend the Starlight Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Invision for Starlight Children's Foundation)
The actress said that a lot of prayer and consideration goes into all of the decisions she makes, including conversations with her husband about what he's comfortable with.
Bure said she's confident in the choices she's made thus far concerning the show. She also explained that, though she's "unashamed" and happy that "Dancing With the Stars" portrays her faith, she's not going out of her way to speak only about her Christian views when the cameras are rolling.
Bure explained that the show's producers select which footage to show and that much of what they pick for her involves a faith-based storyline (TheBlaze has covered her open discussion about Christianity and values on "Dancing With the Stars").
"We have a camera on us when we're at the studio twenty-four, seven. They have so much footage and the producers choose what they're going to edit and show the public," she said. "Obviously, my faith is important to me. They continue to display that. I think that's a misconception for the people who think that's all that I talk about."
But Bure wasn't complaining; she was clarifying.
"Obviously I'm unashamed and I'm happy that they do," she said of the producers' decision to highlight her Christian views.
Watch Bure speak candidly about her faith below:
Bure, who's at the bottom of the leaderboard and at risk of going home, said that she's feeling entirely calm about tonight's performance for the first time since the season began.
"I'm in a really good head space. I'm praying that I don't get eliminated," Bure said. "I feel like I finally crossed the hurdle of the nerves. If tonight's the night to go, at least I crossed it -- I hope I get another few weeks."
Bure said she'll be dancing the Argentine Tango and she's hoping her fans will support her. Regardless of what happens, though, the actress said she's happy with how far she's come.
"It's been an awesome experience. It's been really fun. It's been really difficult," she added, dubbing the experience a "weird bag of mixed emotions." "It's been physically and emotionally exhausting and yet I'm having the time of my life."
We'll leave you with last week's performance below: