Kandyse was just about to leave Vancouver, Canada for Los Angeles, California, when she got the call offering her the role of Anastasia Dualla in Battlestar Galactica. As a result, she stayed in Vancouver for filming.
Kandyse is 5' 2" (1.57 m).
Film, Video, and TV Movie Credits:
- Children of the Corn (2009) (TV) as Vicki
- Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008) (V) (voice) as Cathrine
- Santa Baby (2006) (TV) as Donna Campbell
- Hollywood Wives: The New Generation (2003) (TV) as Saffron
- Carrie (2002) (TV) as Sue Snell
- Framed (2002) (TV)
- Return to Cabin by the Lake (2001) (TV) as Jade
- Passion and Prejudice (2001) (TV) as Tamara
- The Spiral Staircase (2000) (TV) as Monica
- 2gether (2000) (TV) as Danielle
Kandyse is a South African-Canadian.
Kandyse made her television debut in the 1999 movie In a Class of His Own.
Kandyse currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(When asked which Battlestar Galactica character she would choose to play if she wasn't Anastasia Dualla)
McClure: Number 6! Because who doesn't want to be a hot blonde Cylon. Hello!
(When asked if she has remained friends with her Battlestar Galactica castmates)
McClure: Definitely! There is definitely a feeling of closeness and familiarity on set. We hang out together, we laugh a lot, and we have a great deal of fun!
(When asked with which of her Battlestar Galactica character's boyfriends - Billy or Lee Adama - she shared the most chemistry)
McClure: They were both brilliant characters to work with and I think each matched where Dualla was at the time she was with them. IN a perfect world, my Prince Charming is a mixture of them both!
(When asked if she likes playing her Battlestar Galactica character, Anastasia Dualla.)
McClure: It is an honor and a privilege to play Dualla. She challenges me to grow and to accept parts of myself I didn't know existed and to see new perspectives.
(When asked if she knew her Battlestar Galactica role would become as important as it did)
McClure: The role was fairly small to begin with, so it did surprise me a bit. One of the great things about the show is that you're given room to evolve, and you never know where your character will go!
(Of filming her character's suicide in Battlestar Galactica)
McClure: The actual gun was a replica gun with no charge to it, but the stunt people rigged a group of squibs. I like to do as many of my stunts as I can for the realism of it. So yes, I stood there. They do the gun and time it, the timing is really precise. You see the blood and I fall to the floor. The shot of me in that pool of blood, I thought was a beautiful shot. You can kind of see the reflection of half my face in the blood on the floor. There was just this strange quiet beauty about it to me.
(Of her character's suicide in Battlestar Galactica)
McClure: It was difficult for me. I understood it in terms of the context of the show, and obviously, I was sad to go. I made the decision a long time go that Ron Moore was a lot smarter than I am, so if he thinks it's a good idea, then it probably is. And I can see how it does serve the show. It's a show that has never really shied away from trying to show the honest truth of how people react to things, which is obviously one of its strengths. Of course people commit suicide; of course people just can't take it anymore. I understand that, and in doing my research, I learned a lot about what that frame of mind is, and had my own kind of internal questions about it. I was raised religious. I'm not religious anymore, but you still have that kind of residual anxiety about the idea of suicide. I think I have a greater understanding, and in a way, more a respect for what that is.
(When asked if she felt her character on Battlestar Galactica had a satisfying end)
McClure: Satisfying is a difficult word. I understood it. I could feel it. I could understand how this would be her choice, so in that way, yes. Of course, for me personally, I had other ideas about what I wanted to do. Of course I wanted to be there till the end to say goodbye to everyone else. Everybody on the show, right from the beginning, has been focused on the script and the concept of the story that we are telling. That was definitely the atmosphere of the show, and certainly one that I had to serve that idea. But yeah, I don't really think too much about it.
(When asked if she had to prepare her family and friends for her character's suicide in Battlestar Galactica)
McClure: I sort of kept quiet about it. I didn't want to be responsible for anything being leaked on the show, or anybody catching a clue about anything. I kind of went into a little bit of hibernation. It's a funny thing with my family, with my mom in particular. It's kind of embarrassing, but it's kind of hilarious. She can't really watch me being upset. I have died before in shows, and the first time it happened she kind of called me and said, "Ok, I can't watch it, don't tell me. I'm not going to watch it. I'm sorry, I want to be supportive, but if that's going to happen, I don't need to see it." So some of my family haven't watched it, and a lot of them are in South Africa. So it takes awhile for it to get there, and I'm sure the media frenzy will break the news before they get the episode.
(Of Battlestar Galactica's third season)
McClure: I've often said this in interviews but here's a show that is courageous enough in the writing, in its character portrayal, in its layering of characters and in the scenes and in the archetypes it chooses to explore. To create some really interesting platforms for discussion, and again, honesty and disclosure, justice and the system. If we had an opportunity to tear down the system that was no longer working for humanity, what are the consequences and repercussions? Are we wiling to do it, really?
(When asked how she felt about her Battlestar Galactica character's suicide)
McClure: I was floored. I think I was just as floored reading it as I'm sure people [were] seeing it. It's such a personal and violent and shocking way to go, not only for her, but for the implications for the people around her. Suicide is a difficult topic at the best of times. People see it as being an ultimate act of selfishness on one end, but certainly from the research that I did and the people that I spoke to, there are so many different reasons that people get to that point. But I think for Dee it was just the ultimate act of surrender and the final act of control over her own life. She really wanted to find some kind of peace.
(When asked what she'll miss about her work on Battlestar Galactica)
McClure: Really the people. Yes we came together to work with and got to do so with brilliant scripts and and with directors and actors that are so passionate about what they do and about the show but it's the ordinary day to day stuff of being on set with my fellow cast mates that I will miss the most. Sitting in the hair and make-up trailer talking to Grace [Park] or Mary [McDonnell] or Rekha [Sharma] or hanging out outside the trailers and going to dinners and parties with everyone - just human stuff I guess.
(When asked to describe her Battlestar Galactica co-stars in one word)
Kandyse: Candice is the original spelling of my name. I changed it to Kandyse when I was really young and first starting out in the business as kind of a joke. I didn't realize it would stick! I did consider changing it, but then it seemed too confusing so then I asked them to change it back. Not too soon however!
Kandyse: I'm always preparing for a regular life.
Kandyse: I never expect this [acting] is what I'm always going to do.
Kandyse: With Just Deal, I auditioned for two episodes and it turned into seven months.
Kandyse (about getting the part in Higher Ground): It was like I took the Concorde.
Kandyse (about her part in In a Class of His Own): The part was written for a guy but the director changed it for me.
Kandyse: I got the part with Lou Diamond Phillips on my first audition ever.
Kandyse (about her career): Amazing things keep happening.