1. She's D.J. Tanner. She's probably been called that so many times in life, but so has Winnie Cooper. (Lando Calrissian knows all about it too!) Candace played one of Bob Saget's daughters on the ABC show Full House from 1987 to 1995, when she was ages 10 to 18. Her younger sisters were played by Jodie Sweetin and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. In 1994 she won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Television Actress for the role of DJ and she was nominated for several Young Artist Awards for the role.
2. She wanted to be Winnie Cooper. Candace recently told Ross Mathews she wanted Danica's iconic role on The Wonder Years, but because she had already signed on for Full House, she couldn't audition for the role. Winnie Cooper ended up being the dream girl next door for a lot of guys, whereas DJ was more like the cool older sister (with amazing hair). Now it's time for both actresses to shine on DWTS, but maybe we'll see a little rivalry — will Candace want to take a certain title away from Danica this time?
3. She has a ton of other TV credits too. Before she was even cast on Full House, she had a recurring role on St. Elsewhere, and she had a main role on the ABC Family show Make It or Break It for from 2009-2012. She's had guest roles in single episodes of several shows, from Punky Brewster and Boy Meets World to That's So Raven, Cybill, and Growing Pains. She's also been in a ton of TV movies. She hasn't been in too many films, but in the late '80s she was in Some Kind of Wonderful and Punchline.
4. She's Kirk Cameron's sister. Speaking of Growing Pains, her brother is Kirk Cameron, star of that TV show and one of the biggest heartthrobs of the '80s. He’s now 43 and known for the Left Behind film series and his evangelical ministry.
5. Her husband is the one with (ice) dance experience. We already have a hockey player and two ice dancers on Season 18, but Candace’s hubby would probably fit right in. She married Russian NHL hockey player Valeri Bure in 1996, and they have three kids together: daughter Natasha (born in 1998), and sons Lev (2000) and Maksim (2002). Candace told Us Weekly she loves dancing but she has no previous experience whatsoever. "My husband Val's a professional athlete, and he did a very similar show to this in Canada. And he won two years ago," Candace said. "So I want to challenge myself the way that he did, and see if I can bring home the mirror ball trophy."
That show is Battle of the Blades, which is basically DWTS on ice. Maybe when she's done rehearsing with Mark in the day, Val can step in with tips at night. By the way, how funny that her hubby is named Val and one of her sons is named Maksim? She could be an honorary Chmerkovskiy!
6. She struggled with bulimia. Candace told omg! Insider her eating disorder didn't start until after she married her husband and moved to Montreal for his career as a pro hockey player. She was struggling with the balance of being an actress and also a new wife and moving to a new country. "I turned to food for comfort and had to find a different source, because clearly it wasn't a healthy way to deal with things," she said. "So that's really when my faith was kicked up a notch and sought comfort in my relationship with God, and not with food." Candace wrote about her eating disorder in Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness, which came out in 2011 and became a New York Times best seller.
7. She made headlines for her "submissive" comment. Candace's second book, Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose, just came out in January 2014. You may have seen the headlines she made, explaining what she meant by this section of the book: "My husband is a natural-born leader. I quickly learned that I had to find a way of honoring his take-charge personality and not get frustrated about his desire to have the final decision on just about everything. I am not a passive person, but I chose to fall into a more submissive role in our relationship because I wanted to do everything in my power to make my marriage and family work." She later explained on HuffPost Live, "The definition I'm using with the word 'submissive' is the biblical definition of that. So, it is meekness, it is not weakness. It is strength under control, it is bridled strength. And that's what I choose to have in my marriage."
Watch her talk more about the book and her "submissive" comment in the HuffPost interview:
Are you rooting for Candace and Mark to win DWTS Season 18? Do you think D.J. will kick Winnie’s butt?
DWTS Season 18 premieres Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.