She made her feature film debut in a minor role in the teen romance “Some Kind of Wonderful” (1987) scripted by John Hughes. Candace also played Sally Field’s daughter in the film, “Punchline” (1988), which also featured a young Tom Hanks. She would later reveal that being on the sets of “Punchline” gave her valuable life lessons.
The young actor witnessed an exhausted Sally Field — spent after shooting an emotional scene multiple times — insisting she needed a break. Even Hollywood legends have their limits. Candace learned that “it’s okay to say when you’ve reached yours.”
She Enters Showbiz at Age Five
Sure enough, her brother, Kirk, broke into the entertainment business. He made a name for himself as Mike Seaver on “Growing Pains,” with subsequent appearances in many more television shows and movies. It seemed like a natural progression when Candace and her sister, Melissa, followed suit.
Candace began acting in television commercials at age five. Melissa started auditioning around the same time and even landed one commercial. Unlike Candace, however, she decided acting was not her calling.
She Appears in Several Commercials
Candace's early work included a 1982 KFC commercial with magician David Fletcher. A very young, incredibly-cute Candace appears in the ad, relishing a chicken leg and showing America how to “do chicken right.” She also appeared in a commercial for Cabbage Patch Kids, where she introduced the baby doll line, AKA “the littlest Cabbage Patch Kids of all.”
But her first credited role was in an episode of the 1982 hit series. "St. Elsewhere." The budding actor was so good she appeared in the series several more times.
The Audition That Changed Her Life
Although having a celebrity brother helped, Candace nailed the auditions for the ABC sitcom "Full House" all alone. Series creator Jeff Franklin believed she was not faking being "DJ Tanner" because, in many ways, Candace was the character — authentic, cute, and immensely relatable. Candace more than held her own, despite her last name.
Being Kirk Cameron’s sister was merely a bonus. The rest is history. “Full House” became a TV phenomenon with 192 episodes over eight seasons. Candace was integral to the cast ensemble, staying with the show for its entire run from 1987 to 1995.
She Was Devastated After "Full House" Auditions
Candace did not recall things going so smoothly, though. After her first audition for the role of DJ Tanner, the casting director called and said, "Yeah, she was fine. She was fine. We'll bring her back for a second interview." Candace broke down, thinking she had blown the audition. Despite the casting director's assurances that everything was alright, Candace felt destroyed.
She asked what she could do to be better than "fine," and they suggested she bring more energy. Candace had two or three auditions for producers before officially becoming DJ Tanner.