Our interview with gorgeous Candace Smith who can currently be seen on WE TV’s “Million Dollar Matchmaker.”
Also Candace stars alongside Joe Anderson in the feature film “My Father, Die,” written and directed by Sean Brosnan and produced by Pierce Brosnan, Orian Williams and Sanja Banic. Candace appeared in the independent film, “Gimme Shelter” as ‘Marie Abeanni’, alongside Rosario Dawson and Vanessa Hudgens.
Hi Candace please tell us a little about you?
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio with an amazing family that instilled Midwestern values in me. Education was stressed which is why I attended the University of Dayton on a full academic scholarship and Northwestern University of Law. However, growing up I was always involved in the performing arts, studying at the Dayton Playhouse. My career in entertainment didn’t take off until I won the title of Miss Ohio USA and at that time I had begun life coaching while practicing law. Although I found my life and love coaching rewarding, I decided to take a leap of faith and relocate to Los Angeles to pursue my passion for performing. I was able to accomplish a successful TV and film career, appearing on HBO’s “Entourage”, CBS’s “Hawaii Five-0”, End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal and Gimme Shelter with Rosario Dawson.
What’s you’re background?
My biggest accomplishment thus far in my acting career is the film “My Father, Die”, which will be released in theaters the end of the year. I play the heroine Nana of this gritty, action thriller set in the South. It was an incredible experience to play a Black woman with many layers. This role was the most challenging experience of my life because of the dark material, emotional commitment, stunts and set conditions. I did many of my own stunts and luckily already had experience with firearms from growing up in the South.
You are part of the hit WE TV’s show “Million Dollar Matchmaker”, tell us about that?
While acting and producing in LA, I have been able to maintain my coaching clients, which led me to work with Patti Stanger as a matchmaker. As a life coach, the love lives of my clients has always been a priority. So it was also natural for me to begin matching clients because of my various networks. Since working with Patti, I have expanded my knowledge in many areas of matchmaking and compatibility. I earned Patti’s trust which led to me taking the lead in the office in Southern California where our new show “Million Dollar Matchmaker” is filmed.
What is different from this show to your formerly Bravo Tv show?
I am so stoked for everyone to see the new show because it has a fresh format and more spontaneity. Clients are sequestered and subjected to love lessons which allow for the breakthrough they truly need to find love. The entertainment value of the new show skyrockets! This is must-see summer TV without a doubt. This season is really fun, sexy, dramatic and unexpected. There is no script because the drama does not need to be manufactured at all, trust me.
Any future plans you want to share with us?
I recently relocated to Honolulu to be with my love who happens to be born and raised in Hawaii. I am in love with him, Hawaii’s culture and the people. There is so much coming up in my life which I am extremely grateful for. I continue to work with Patti as a matchmaker, coach clients, write and act. I also have a line of T-shirts coming out that promote female empowerment with a portion of proceeds going to the Downtown Women’s Center where I volunteer.
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How’s a typical day in your life?
My life centers around amazing people, food and love. I truly enjoy connecting with others whether it’s by cooking and having friends over or by donating my time to the community.
Describe your life in 3 words?
My life in three words: blessed, colorful, intricate
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
A perfect Sunday is an outdoor activity (hike, paddle boarding, running), a trip to a farmers market, cooking a beautiful dinner with amazing wine for either my man or friends while Hawaiian music plays in the background.
Who is your favorite fashion designer? And why?
My favorite designer is Elizabeth and James when I’m dressing for work or occasions. When I’m not working I’m a very casual kind of girl who loves James Perse and Vince and I can’t forget Nike.
What’s your own definition of happiness?
My definition of happiness is simply life. I believe happiness is a choice we make each day regardless of the circumstances. I have experiences many highs and lows in my life but at the end of the day I know how fortunate I am to even have another day.
What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie hands down is The Big Lebowski and will always be. I’m kinda weird and a nerd.
Can’t leave the house without?
I can’t leave the house without my vape pen and water. I love marijuana and a good sativa is amazing for me during a hectic day when I’m feeling overwhelmed and honestly water is the secret to everything.
Quote: The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.- Oprah
Holiday Destination: I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the world so that’s difficult. New Zealand, Cuba and Bahia, Brazil are at the top of the list.
City: Chicago all day
Actor/Actress: Viggo Mortensen/ Kerry Washington
Drink: I’m a scotch girl and love laphroaig
Food: Japanese without a doubt but Hawaiian is a close second.
Sports Team: I’m Miss Ohio USA so of course Cleveland Cavaliers, welcome home Lebron!