As a member of Caitlyn Jenner’s transgender posse on I Am Cait, Candis Cayne has been thrust
into the spotlight. Though, it’s not the only time she’s enjoyed a burst of
media attention, which first came in 2007 when Cayne landed a role on ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money as the first openly
transgender actor in a recurring role on a primetime series.
While the spotlight faded after the series was canceled,
Cayne kept working with appearances on Nip/Tuck,
Drop Dead Diva, and Elementary, on which she recurs as Ms.
Hudson. Once a drag performer early in her career, she has also choreographed
competitions on several seasons of RuPaul’s
WATCH: Caitlyn Jenner Steps Out for New York LGBT Pride Celebration With Candis Cayne
Now, Cayne is appearing as herself on Jenner’s limited
reality series documenting Jenner’s burgeoning journey as a transgender woman. Initially
recruited by E! producers, Cayne has formed a bond with Jenner over the course
of the 8-episode series.
And the show has media clamoring for new details about Cayne
and her would-be romantic relationship with Jenner--a notion teased over the
course of the season as Jenner explores her sexuality identity as a transgender
woman but shut down by Cayne herself. “[We’re] very good friends,” she told the
New York Times.
Ahead of the season finale--which aired on Sunday night
following our phone conversation--Cayne talked to ET about her bond with
Jenner, her experience on reality TV, and what’s next for her.