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.
Her First Theatrical Releases
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."
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.
The Origins of “Oh Mylanta!”
One of the things fans love about "Full House" are the many catchphrases. Each catchphrase became trendy to use — from "how rude!" and “cut it out!” to uncle Jesse’s now-iconic "have mercy!" Candace's was, "Oh, Mylanta!" But very few people know that some catchphrases came from expressions the cast used in real life.
Candace often used "Oh Mylanta" since she was a devout Christian who did not want to the Lord's name in vain. The phrase stuck and became a part of the show.
She Missed One "Full House" Episode
As a family sitcom, “Full House” storylines depended on everyone in the main cast. The actors needed to be around even when an episode was not about them. The show broke from convention in season six when Candace did not appear in “Subterranean Graduation Blues.”
DJ Tanner appears only in the opening credits since Candace was visiting her brother Kirk at camp. Although she was the only member of the main cast who missed an episode, she seems to have more than made up for that as the lead in the successful spin-off “Fuller House.”