Candis Cayne is an American actress and performing artist. She is often described as the most popular and successful transgender actress in the country. For her activism, Cayne has become an icon for a large number of transgendered people across the world.
Cayne didn’t make a conscious attempted to attain the status. Like she once said, she isn’t trying to be a spokeswoman for the transgender community. She just wants to be regarded as a “living, breathing, happy human being.”
Candis teamed up with MOOVZ, an international LGBT social network, in August of 2015, becoming its new global creative director. She supports the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and regards the LGBTQ community as “the last great minority”
She gained wide attention when she appeared on ABC’s hit show – Dirty Sexy Money. Her role as Carmelita Rainer (the transgender mistress of William Baldwin’s character – Patrick Darling IV) made her the first transgender actress on primetime television to play a recurring transgender character.
Bio – Before and After Transition
Born Brendan McDaniel, one of the two male fraternal twins in 1971, Candis Cayne is a graduate of Maui’s Baldwin High School. He moved to Los Angeles to train as a dancer and started working as a choreographer and a drag performer.
Candis was completely unaware of what trans-sexuality meant until he moved to New York where he was already performing in gay bar Boy Bar as ‘Candis Cayne’. Three years after his arrival, he came out as a transsexual in public and became a known name in the entertainment industry.
Before signing deals for movies and documentaries, Candis featured as a performer at Tour in New York’s Chelsea and in Wigstock. She then appeared for Wigstock: The Movie and went on to appear in a few comedy-drama films like Stonewall and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. She also played in some other movies like Always Something Better, Mob Queen and Starrbooty.
The 2001 Miss Continental winner played a trans woman in ABC prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money and has also appeared as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag U. Candis began transitioning around 1996 and has been actively working for the LGBT community.
Candis Cayne Salary and Earnings
Candis who recently became Caitlyn Jenner’s girlfriend has a net worth estimated at $5 million. Of course, a major bulk of the wealth came from her activities in the movie industry. Over the years, she has played many roles in film, television and music videos. Her filmography gives further insight into the source of her wealth.
As an actress and television personality, Candis has built up an impressive body of work since the mid-90s, leading to her becoming one of the most well-known trans women in the world.
Below is a list of some of the movies and TV shows she had been involved in:
|1995||Wigstock: The Movie||Herself||Movie|
|1995||To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar||Candis Cayne||Movie|
|1996||Always Something Better||Billee||Movie|
|1997||A Little Bit Of Love (RuPaul)||Dancer||Music Video|
|1998||Mob Queen||Glorice Kalsheim||Movie|
|1999||No Scrubs (TLC)||Dance Teacher||Music Video|
|1999||In The Closet|
|2003||Milkshake (Kelis)||Dance Teacher||Music Video|
|2006||My Heart Belongs to Data||Candis||Short Film|
|2007||CSI:NY||Quentin Conrad||TV Series|
|2007-2008||Dirty Sexy Money||Carmelita Rainer||TV Series|
|2008||Sordid Lives: The Series’||Therapist #19||TV Series|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||Alexis Stone||TV Series|
|2010||Drop Dead Diva||Allison Webb||TV Series|
|2011||Making The Boys||Herself||Movie|
|2011||Necessary Roughness||Geraldine||TV Series|
|2011||RuPaul’s Drag U||Herself||TV Series|
|2012||Groom’s Cake||Candis||Short Film|
|2012||She’s Living for This||Herself||Comedy Show|
|2012-2017||RuPaul’s Drag Race||Herself||Reality Show|
|2013-2014||Elementary||Ms Hudson||TV Series|
|2015-2016||I Am Cait||Herself||Reality Show|
|2017||The Magicians||Fairy Queen||TV Series|
Candis Cayne was in a relationship with DJ Marco McDermott which lasted over eight years and ended in 2010. For the duration of the relationship, she constantly referred to McDermott as her husband. During their time together, she also helped raise Satori – McDermott’s daughter from a previous relationship.
On the second season of I Am Cait which aired in 2016, Ms Cayne considered the idea of becoming a single parent through adoption. It is believed that she is currently in love with Caitlyn Jenner.
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Quick Facts about Candis Cayne
Born: Brendan McDaniel
Profession: Actress, Performing Artist
Height: 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
Date of Birth: 29 August 1971
Place of Birth: Hawaii
Marital status: Dating (Caitlyn Jenner)