Catching Up With Candis Cayne
By Gregory Miller
But does it get frustrating having to tell your story over and over?
Well, I always joke with my friends that when I get interview questions, it's the same 10 questions. You know what I mean? But it's like, at least they're talking.
Do you think there will be a time when you will be offered major female roles rather than transgender female roles?
I'd like to read for those kind of roles. Who knows? Who knew I'd be on an ABC show? I'm holding out.
As one of the most highly publicized transgender people out there, how does it feel to be that role model?
It's an honor. It's a total honor to represent the community that way. That's all I can say about it. I have nothing negative to say about it.
You're going to be at Vancouver Pride soon, right?
Yeah, I'm actually at the airport right now! I'm going to Vancouver in about an hour, and I'm the grand marshal, which is amazing.
You use the word gorgeous, and an abbreviation 'gorge,' a lot. What's that about?
I know. It's just one of those words -- those catchphrases -- that I just for some reason have been saying. It just kind of developed. At first it was just "gorgeous," but now I've had to shorten it because I say it so much. I don't know why! It's just like some people say 'like' all the time. 'Like and like!' It's just part of my vocabulary, I guess.
You recently ended a seven-year relationship with your boyfriend Marco, got rid of your manager, and changed agencies. Are you going through a renewal?
Yeah, it's been a really weird few months. My manager did something that was just unforgivable, which I don't really want to get into. And so I had to let her go. And Marco and I, you know, we still love each other, and I'll always love him. He was not happy here, and I was. It was a huge divide in our relationship. My agency -- I have nothing bad to say about them. They just weren't doing what I wanted to do. I wanted to focus on female roles and going out and auditioning every day. That's what I want to do. And so I signed up for a boutique agency, KSR, which is really great. They actually call me a lot, and they want to work for me. I'm enjoying it. It's been a really weird time, but a lot of weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I'm the happiest I've been in a long time.
What's up next for you?
Part of change and renewal is starting from scratch. I had to let go of a lot of the projects I had been working on because of ties with the old people in my life. Now I'm just going to focus on doing television and film and start working on another pilot. I hope it all works out.
I've got to ask, what is the secret to that fabulous hair?
You know what, I have to say -- thank you -- and also, a lot of it is genetic, I have to admit. Oddly enough, I get my hair thickness from my father. He has like a huge pile of hair on his head. He's almost 70, and it's thick and gorgeous. I just shampoo with regular shampoo and condition with regular conditioner. Nothing much. And a good hot set -- a good curling iron is always good. It makes your hair big and fluffy. The bigger the better, I say!
Candis Cayne appears on Drop Dead Diva this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.