Candis Cayne

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Candis CayneCandis Cayne_header_cell_0_0_0
BornCandis Cayne_header_cell_0_1_0 (1971-08-29) August 29, 1971 (age 49)

Maui, Hawaii, U.S.Candis Cayne_cell_0_1_1

OccupationCandis Cayne_header_cell_0_2_0 Actress, performance artistCandis Cayne_cell_0_2_1
Years activeCandis Cayne_header_cell_0_3_0 1995–presentCandis Cayne_cell_0_3_1
Partner(s)Candis Cayne_header_cell_0_4_0 Marco McDermott (2002–2010)Candis Cayne_cell_0_4_1
WebsiteCandis Cayne_header_cell_0_5_0 Candis Cayne_cell_0_5_1

Candis Cayne (born August 29, 1971) is an American actress and performance artist. Candis Cayne_sentence_0

Cayne performed in New York City nightclubs in drag since the 1990s, and came out as transgender in 1996; Cayne came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money. Candis Cayne_sentence_1

The role makes Cayne the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in primetime. Candis Cayne_sentence_2

Early life Candis Cayne_section_0

She has a fraternal twin brother named Dylan. Candis Cayne_sentence_3

Their parents taught at a Waldorf School, and the family lived on campus. Candis Cayne_sentence_4

She graduated from Henry Perrine Baldwin High School in Hawaii in 1989 and then spent a year in Los Angeles, where she trained as a dancer. Candis Cayne_sentence_5

Career Candis Cayne_section_1

Cayne then moved to New York in the early 1990s, making a name for herself as a choreographer and drag performer. Candis Cayne_sentence_6

About three years after her arrival in NYC, Cayne realized that the term transgender described how she felt about herself. Candis Cayne_sentence_7

Already performing as "Candis Cayne" at New York gay bar Boy Bar and as a featured performer at Tour in New York's Chelsea, the entertainer also participated in Wigstock, the annual drag festival in Manhattan's East Village. Candis Cayne_sentence_8

In 1995 Cayne appeared in the related documentary film Wigstock: The Movie, the comedy-drama film Stonewall, and the Universal Studios comedy feature film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Candis Cayne_sentence_9 Julie Newmar, for which she also did choreography. Candis Cayne_sentence_10

In 1996, she had a supporting role in the comedy-drama film Always Something Better (a.k.a. Never Look Back). Candis Cayne_sentence_11

In 1997 Cayne was in a documentary called Drag Time on HBO along with many other famous New York nightlife performers. Candis Cayne_sentence_12

Candis also co-starred in the music video for RuPaul's "A Little Bit of Love" with female impersonator Jazzmun. Candis Cayne_sentence_13

Cayne also starred as the title character in the 1998 independent film Mob Queen, and won the 2001 Miss Continental pageant. Candis Cayne_sentence_14

In 2007 Cayne was cast as Annaka Manners in the 2007 RuPaul film Starrbooty. Candis Cayne_sentence_15

From 2007 to 2008 Cayne played Carmelita Rainer, a trans woman having an affair with married New York Attorney General Patrick Darling (played by William Baldwin), on the ABC prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money. Candis Cayne_sentence_16

She had a recurring role as the transgender character Alexis Stone in season six of Nip/Tuck. Candis Cayne_sentence_17

Cayne has appeared as a judge and Dean of Dance on RuPaul's Drag U. Candis Cayne_sentence_18

As a dance teacher, she taught contestants original choreography to "No Scrubs" by TLC and Kelis's song "Milkshake". Candis Cayne_sentence_19

In 2011, she guest-starred on the TV show Necessary Roughness as Geraldine. Candis Cayne_sentence_20

In 2015, Cayne started making appearances in seasons 1 and 2 of Caitlyn Jenner's reality show I Am Cait. Candis Cayne_sentence_21

From 2017 to 2018, Cayne played the role of The Fairy Queen in the Syfy series The Magicians. Candis Cayne_sentence_22

Cayne appeared in the 2020 documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen. Candis Cayne_sentence_23

She also hosted the third edition of Werq the World's livestreamed series. Candis Cayne_sentence_24

Activism and personal life Candis Cayne_section_2

Cayne began transitioning circa 1996. Candis Cayne_sentence_25

Cayne has stated, "I'm not trying to be a spokeswoman for the transgender community; I just want to be looked at as a living, breathing, happy human being." Candis Cayne_sentence_26

She calls the LGBT community "the last great minority" and supports the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Candis Cayne_sentence_27

In August 2015, Candis Cayne teamed up with the global LGBT social network MOOVZ as the new global creative director. Candis Cayne_sentence_28

For over eight years, ending in 2010, Cayne was in a relationship with DJ Marco McDermott, to whom she referred as her husband. Candis Cayne_sentence_29

During that time, she helped raise McDermott's daughter, Satori, from a previous relationship. Candis Cayne_sentence_30

In 2016, during season 2 of the reality show I Am Cait, Cayne explored the possibility of adopting as a single mom. Candis Cayne_sentence_31

Filmography Candis Cayne_section_3

Film Candis Cayne_section_4

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YearCandis Cayne_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleCandis Cayne_header_cell_1_0_1 RoleCandis Cayne_header_cell_1_0_2 NotesCandis Cayne_header_cell_1_0_3
1995Candis Cayne_cell_1_1_0 Wigstock: The MovieCandis Cayne_cell_1_1_1 HerselfCandis Cayne_cell_1_1_2 Credited as Brendan McDanielCandis Cayne_cell_1_1_3
1995Candis Cayne_cell_1_2_0 StonewallCandis Cayne_cell_1_2_1 DivaCandis Cayne_cell_1_2_2 Candis Cayne_cell_1_2_3
1995Candis Cayne_cell_1_3_0 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie NewmarCandis Cayne_cell_1_3_1 Candis CayneCandis Cayne_cell_1_3_2 Credited as Brendan McDanielCandis Cayne_cell_1_3_3
1996Candis Cayne_cell_1_4_0 Always Something BetterCandis Cayne_cell_1_4_1 BilleeCandis Cayne_cell_1_4_2 Candis Cayne_cell_1_4_3
1997Candis Cayne_cell_1_5_0 Drag TimeCandis Cayne_cell_1_5_1 Candis CayneCandis Cayne_cell_1_5_2 Candis Cayne_cell_1_5_3
1998Candis Cayne_cell_1_6_0 Mob QueenCandis Cayne_cell_1_6_1 Glorice KalsheimCandis Cayne_cell_1_6_2 Candis Cayne_cell_1_6_3
1999Candis Cayne_cell_1_7_0 Charlie!Candis Cayne_cell_1_7_1 N/ACandis Cayne_cell_1_7_2 Short filmCandis Cayne_cell_1_7_3
1999Candis Cayne_cell_1_8_0 In the ClosetCandis Cayne_cell_1_8_1 N/ACandis Cayne_cell_1_8_2 Candis Cayne_cell_1_8_3
2006Candis Cayne_cell_1_9_0 My Heart Belongs to DataCandis Cayne_cell_1_9_1 CandisCandis Cayne_cell_1_9_2 Short filmCandis Cayne_cell_1_9_3
2007Candis Cayne_cell_1_10_0 StarrbootyCandis Cayne_cell_1_10_1 Annaka MannersCandis Cayne_cell_1_10_2 Candis Cayne_cell_1_10_3
2008Candis Cayne_cell_1_11_0 Libanesa LoiraCandis Cayne_cell_1_11_1 LibanesaCandis Cayne_cell_1_11_2 Portuguese languageCandis Cayne_cell_1_11_3
2011Candis Cayne_cell_1_12_0 Making The BoysCandis Cayne_cell_1_12_1 HerselfCandis Cayne_cell_1_12_2 Candis Cayne_cell_1_12_3
2012Candis Cayne_cell_1_13_0 Meth HeadCandis Cayne_cell_1_13_1 PinkieCandis Cayne_cell_1_13_2 Candis Cayne_cell_1_13_3
2012Candis Cayne_cell_1_14_0 Groom's CakeCandis Cayne_cell_1_14_1 CandisCandis Cayne_cell_1_14_2 Short filmCandis Cayne_cell_1_14_3
2014Candis Cayne_cell_1_15_0 Crazy BitchesCandis Cayne_cell_1_15_1 ViviannaCandis Cayne_cell_1_15_2 Candis Cayne_cell_1_15_3
2020Candis Cayne_cell_1_16_0 Disclosure: Trans Lives on ScreenCandis Cayne_cell_1_16_1 HerselfCandis Cayne_cell_1_16_2 Documentary filmCandis Cayne_cell_1_16_3

Television Candis Cayne_section_5

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YearCandis Cayne_header_cell_2_0_0 TitleCandis Cayne_header_cell_2_0_1 RoleCandis Cayne_header_cell_2_0_2 NotesCandis Cayne_header_cell_2_0_3
2007Candis Cayne_cell_2_1_0 CSI: NYCandis Cayne_cell_2_1_1 Quentin ConradCandis Cayne_cell_2_1_2 Episode "The Lying Game"Candis Cayne_cell_2_1_3
2008Candis Cayne_cell_2_2_0 Sordid Lives: The Series'Candis Cayne_cell_2_2_1 Therapist #19Candis Cayne_cell_2_2_2 Episode "An Audacious Affair"Candis Cayne_cell_2_2_3
2007–08Candis Cayne_cell_2_3_0 Dirty Sexy MoneyCandis Cayne_cell_2_3_1 Carmelita RainerCandis Cayne_cell_2_3_2 11 episodesCandis Cayne_cell_2_3_3
2009Candis Cayne_cell_2_4_0 Nip/TuckCandis Cayne_cell_2_4_1 Alexis StoneCandis Cayne_cell_2_4_2 2 episodesCandis Cayne_cell_2_4_3
2010Candis Cayne_cell_2_5_0 Drop Dead DivaCandis Cayne_cell_2_5_1 Allison WebbCandis Cayne_cell_2_5_2 Episode "Queen of Mean"Candis Cayne_cell_2_5_3
2011Candis Cayne_cell_2_6_0 Necessary RoughnessCandis Cayne_cell_2_6_1 GeraldineCandis Cayne_cell_2_6_2 Episode "Dream On"Candis Cayne_cell_2_6_3
2011Candis Cayne_cell_2_7_0 RuPaul's Drag UCandis Cayne_cell_2_7_1 HerselfCandis Cayne_cell_2_7_2 Episode: "Naughty Nurses"Candis Cayne_cell_2_7_3
2012Candis Cayne_cell_2_8_0 She's Living for ThisCandis Cayne_cell_2_8_1 HerselfCandis Cayne_cell_2_8_2 Episode "The Candis Cayne Episode"Candis Cayne_cell_2_8_3
2012–17Candis Cayne_cell_2_9_0 RuPaul's Drag RaceCandis Cayne_cell_2_9_1 HerselfCandis Cayne_cell_2_9_2 4 episodesCandis Cayne_cell_2_9_3
2013–14Candis Cayne_cell_2_10_0 ElementaryCandis Cayne_cell_2_10_1 Ms. HudsonCandis Cayne_cell_2_10_2 3 episodesCandis Cayne_cell_2_10_3
2015–16Candis Cayne_cell_2_11_0 I Am CaitCandis Cayne_cell_2_11_1 HerselfCandis Cayne_cell_2_11_2 15 episodesCandis Cayne_cell_2_11_3
2016Candis Cayne_cell_2_12_0 HeartbeatCandis Cayne_cell_2_12_1 AvaCandis Cayne_cell_2_12_2 Episode: "Permanent Glitter"Candis Cayne_cell_2_12_3
2017-2018Candis Cayne_cell_2_13_0 The MagiciansCandis Cayne_cell_2_13_1 Fairy QueenCandis Cayne_cell_2_13_2 10 episodesCandis Cayne_cell_2_13_3
2017Candis Cayne_cell_2_14_0 TransparentCandis Cayne_cell_2_14_1 JoleneCandis Cayne_cell_2_14_2 Episode: “Born Again”Candis Cayne_cell_2_14_3
2018Candis Cayne_cell_2_15_0 Grey's AnatomyCandis Cayne_cell_2_15_1 Dr. Michelle VelezCandis Cayne_cell_2_15_2 2 episodesCandis Cayne_cell_2_15_3

Music videos Candis Cayne_section_6

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YearCandis Cayne_header_cell_3_0_0 TitleCandis Cayne_header_cell_3_0_1 PerformerCandis Cayne_header_cell_3_0_2 NotesCandis Cayne_header_cell_3_0_3
1997Candis Cayne_cell_3_1_0 "A Little Bit of Love"Candis Cayne_cell_3_1_1 RuPaulCandis Cayne_cell_3_1_2 DancerCandis Cayne_cell_3_1_3
1999Candis Cayne_cell_3_2_0 "No Scrubs"Candis Cayne_cell_3_2_1 TLCCandis Cayne_cell_3_2_2 Dance teacherCandis Cayne_cell_3_2_3
2003Candis Cayne_cell_3_3_0 "Milkshake"Candis Cayne_cell_3_3_1 KelisCandis Cayne_cell_3_3_2 Dance teacherCandis Cayne_cell_3_3_3
2017Candis Cayne_cell_3_4_0 "Faces"Candis Cayne_cell_3_4_1 Mila JamCandis Cayne_cell_3_4_2 CameoCandis Cayne_cell_3_4_3
2020Candis Cayne_cell_3_5_0 "Nerves of Steel"Candis Cayne_cell_3_5_1 ErasureCandis Cayne_cell_3_5_2 CameoCandis Cayne_cell_3_5_3

See also Candis Cayne_section_7

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