Candace Cameron Bure Tells How She Succeeds at Balancing it All
Candace Cameron Bure is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. Known to millions worldwide from her role as “D.J. Tanner” on the iconic family sitcom “Full House.” With an acting career that started at the age of five, Candace appeared in several national television commercials and prime-time hits such as “St. Elsewhere,” “Growing Pains” and “Who’s the Boss.” Candace also earned a string of lead roles in television movies including the critically acclaimed portrayal of an abused teenager in “No One Would Tell” and a college date-rape victim in “She Cried No.” Her feature film credits stand up to the light of her television success with appearances in such films as “Punchline” with Tom Hanks and Sally Field and John Hughes’ pop culture hit “Some Kind of Wonderful.”
After Candace married NHL star Val Bure, she put her career on ice for a while in order to stay home and raise a full house of her own. She has been happily married since 1996 and is the proud mother of Natasha, Lev and Maksim.
RETURNING TO HOLLYWOOD
After taking a ten-year hiatus, Candace has reemerged appearing in Disney’s “That’s So Raven,” as well as fulfilled the duties as guest host on top rated daytime hit shows “The View” and “The Talk.” Candace starred in the made-for-television Hallmark Original Movie, “Moonlight & Mistletoe” which rated as the #3 all time most viewed original release for the Hallmark Network. She most notably and currently has finished a three year run as her character “Summer Van Horn” on ABC Family Network’s “Make It Or Break It.” In 2011, Candace became a part of Walmart and P&G’s Family Movie Night starring in TV movie “Truth Be Told,” co-starring David James Elliot, and hit a home run for GMC in Emmy nominated “The Heart Of Christmas.” Candace also added NY Times bestselling author to her many titles with her book “Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness” that inspires women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront of their relationship with food.
In her new film “Christmas Under Wraps” (Premiers November 29th 8/7c), Bure stars as 'Lauren,' a woman who appears to have it all, a residency at a top hospital, a boyfriend she adores, her whole life figured out. But when she loses both her job and her boyfriend on the same day, Lauren reluctantly accepts a position in Alaska. As her unexpected holiday detour opens her eyes to life's unplanned joys, she must choose between the life she always wanted and her new life in Alaska. The film, a Hallmark Channel Original, is part of the network's Countdown to Christmas event, the #1 treasured holiday destination by television viewers.
FAMILY LIFE AND THE HOLIDAYS
Candace says, “Being a wife and mother are the single most important roles in my life. They take a lot of work, a lot of patience and help from God and His Word, but if you put in the effort it's more fulfilling than anything on earth.” Candace and her family spend Thanksgiving at her Mom’s house. She says, “She's always been the cornerstone of our day, preparing turkeys, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberries and pies all from scratch. Everyone else brings a side dish. We've had Thanksgiving dinners as big as 80 people at her house, and the smallest with just immediate family is probably about 40. It's quite the day and we all love it.”
For Christmas, Candace and her family have started a new tradition. “A few years ago, we decided to take over a homeless shelter for the morning. My sister, her family and some friends join us. We bring in breakfast to cook and gifts to give. We cook for about 60 people and sit down and eat with them, sharing stories and encouraging them through their hardships. It's a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas and give the most important gift we can, the gospel of Christ which we share through conversation. After, we go home and open gifts that were left under our Christmas tree with the kids. And then we all head to my brother's house to celebrate a big Christmas dinner with extended family and friends. Christmas is a big family affair for us! My husband is Russian, and they celebrate Christmas after the New Year, so we usually have a small dinner then too”
Candace tries to stay healthy over the Holidays, choosing to bring roasted tri-colored cauliflower or roasted Brussels sprouts to family meals.