Transgender Actress Candis Cayne Bio, Age, Dating Status Now

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Transgender Actress Candis Cayne Bio, Age, Dating Status Now

Actress Candis Cayne is best known for her role as Carmelita Rainer on ABC's Dirty Sexy Money (2007-2008), from which she became the first transgender actress to portray a transgender character in prime time show.

She has also appeared in other TV series like Crazy Bitches (2019), The Magicians (2017-2018), Elementary (2013-2014), and Grey's Anatomy (2018), to name a few.

Apart from acting credits, Candis has also made a fair share of fame as a reality TV personality, from her appearances on shows like RuPaul's Drag Race (2012-2017) and I Am Cait (2015-2016).

Candis Cayne's Bio, Age

Candis was born as Brendan McDaniel in Maui, Hawaii, on 31st August 1971 as one of two male fraternal twins.

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Her twin brother's name is Dylan McDaniel. Candis and her twin brother were the exact opposite of each other as kids. Candis was a feminine, skinny, and shy young boy, whereas Dylan was the smart one who played sports in school.

As an awkward teenager Brendan, Candice, was often bullied at school by other kids, who called him gay. 

Journey As a Transgender

Candis began her transition at the age of 24 in 1996. She opened up about her journey at an interview with The New York Times in 2015.

Candis was broke when she started the transition. So, she began taking hormone pills from the black market through a transgender club doorwoman named Paris. Later, she reportedly went through the surgery in a worn-out basement in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Following the transition, she also went through a nose surgery to get a more feminine look. And the money for her nose job was arranged by a club promoter named Marc Berkley, by hosting a benefit.

Dating History

During her time in the reality show, I Am Cait, Candis shared a very close relationship with the show's star, Caitlyn Jenner. She also remained as Caitlyn's most trusted companion throughout her transition period. 

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The two even shared a passionate kiss in an episode of the reality show. But despite all romantic hints, the two have insisted that they are only good friends

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Candis Cayne with her friend Caitlyn Jenner in 2016 (Photo: dailymail.co.uk)

Candis was formerly in a relationship with DJ Marco McDermott. During their time together, she referred to her boyfriend, Marco, as her husband, and she also helped him raise his daughter.

But their relationship eventually fizzled out, and they parted ways after dating for eight years in 2010. 

Some Other Facts

  • Candis Cayne stands at the height of 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 meters).
  • In 2001, Candis became the winner of Miss Continental U.S.A. national pageant for female impersonators.
  • In 2008, she received the NewNowNext Awards under the Brink of Fame: Actor category.
  • She is a classically trained dancer who received formal training for a year in Los Angeles.
  • Before Candis became a transgender woman, she considered herself a drag queen and performed all over New York City in the 90s.