Cayne in 2010
August 29, 1971
|Occupation||Actress, performance artist|
|Partner(s)||Marco McDermott (2002–2010)|
Cayne was known to perform in New York City nightclubs in drag since the 1990s, and came out as a woman in 1996; Cayne came to national attention in 2007 for portraying transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's prime time drama Dirty Sexy Money. The role makes Cayne the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in primetime.
Candis Cayne was born Brendan McDaniel in 1971 on Maui, Hawaii. She has a fraternal twin brother named Dylan. Their parents taught at a Waldorf School, and the family lived on campus. She graduated from Henry Perrine Baldwin High School in 1989 and then spent a year in Los Angeles, where she trained as a dancer.
Cayne then moved to New York in the early 1990s, making a name for herself as a choreographer and drag performer. About three years after her arrival in NYC, Cayne realized that the term transgender described how she felt about herself. 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. 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! Julie Newmar, for which she also did choreography.
In 1996, she had a supporting role in the comedy-drama film Always Something Better (a.k.a. Never Look Back). In 1997 Cayne was in a documentary called Drag Time on HBO along with many other famous New York nightlife performers. Candis also co-starred in the music video for RuPaul's "A Little Bit of Love" with female impersonator Jazzmun. Cayne also starred as the title character in the 1998 independent film Mob Queen, and won the 2001 Miss Continental pageant. In 2007 Cayne was cast as Annaka Manners in the 2007 RuPaul film Starrbooty.
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. She had a recurring role as the transgender character Alexis Stone in season six of Nip/Tuck. Cayne has appeared as a judge and Dean of Dance on RuPaul's Drag U. As a dance teacher, she taught contestants original choreography to "No Scrubs" by TLC and Kelis's song "Milkshake". In 2011, she guest-starred on the TV show Necessary Roughness as Geraldine.
Activism and personal lifeEdit
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." She calls the LGBT community "the last great minority" and supports the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
For over eight years, ending in 2010, Cayne was in a relationship with DJ Marco McDermott, to whom she referred as her husband. During that time, she helped raise McDermott's daughter, Satori, from a previous relationship.
|1995||Wigstock: The Movie||Herself||Credited as Brendan McDaniel|
|1995||To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar||Candis Cayne||Credited as Brendan McDaniel|
|1996||Always Something Better||Billee|
|1997||Drag Time||Candis Cayne|
|1998||Mob Queen||Glorice Kalsheim|
|1999||In the Closet||N/A|
|2006||My Heart Belongs to Data||Candis||Short film|
|2008||Libanesa Loira||Libanesa||Portuguese language|
|2011||Making The Boys||Herself|
|2012||Groom's Cake||Candis||Short film|
|2007||CSI: NY||Quentin Conrad||Episode "The Lying Game"|
|2008||Sordid Lives: The Series'||Therapist #19||Episode "An Audacious Affair"|
|2007–08||Dirty Sexy Money||Carmelita Rainer||11 episodes|
|2009||Nip/Tuck||Alexis Stone||2 episodes|
|2010||Drop Dead Diva||Allison Webb||Episode "Queen of Mean"|
|2011||Necessary Roughness||Geraldine||Episode "Dream On"|
|2011||RuPaul's Drag U||Herself||Episode: "Naughty Nurses"|
|2012||She's Living for This||Herself||Episode "The Candis Cayne Episode"|
|2012–17||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||4 episodes|
|2013–14||Elementary||Ms. Hudson||3 episodes|
|2015–16||I Am Cait||Herself||15 episodes|
|2016||Heartbeat||Ava||Episode: "Permanent Glitter"|
|2017–present||The Magicians||Fairy Queen||10 episodes|
|2017||Transparent||Jolene||Episode: “Born Again”|
|2018||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Michelle Velez||2 episodes|
|1997||"A Little Bit of Love"||RuPaul||Dancer|
|1999||"No Scrubs"||TLC||Dance teacher|
|2017||"Faces" ||Mila Jam||Cameo|
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