In The (Lime)Light:
An Interview with
CANDACE CAMERON BURE
Anyone familiar with sitcoms from the '80s and '90s will
recognize the name "D.J. Tanner," the oldest of
three daughters being by a single dad, his
guitar-playing brother-in-law, and his comedian friend
in the popular sitcom Full House. The role of D.J. was
played, from 1987 to 1995, by Candace Cameron, who
started when she was 10 years old. Now 37, she is known
as Candace Cameron Bure after marrying former
professional hockey player Valeri Bure, with whom
she has three children. She has continued to work in the
entertainment industry since her Full House days
and has demonstrated that it is possible to carve out a
life of faithfulness in an industry that is not known
for reflecting Christian values. I recently spoke to
Bure about the challenges of living a God-honoring life
while working in show business.
Now the show has been reprised on Netflix with most of the original cast,
including Candace, as "Fuller House"
Q: I understand that you have particular criteria in choosing your
projects; what are those criteria, and what
ramifications do you experience from having set
standards for the work you will do?
Candace: Many scripts get passed my way, but all of the projects
that I choose to do are family-friendly, which is
important to me both as a mom and as a Christian. There
are a handful of networks that do family-friendly very
well, such as GMC and the Hallmark Channel, and I love
working with these networks. They understand the kind of
entertainment families want. I'm not looking to do only
faith-based projects, but family-friendly very is
important to me.
This is why I've also gotten into the producing side of the business,
so I can develop and pitch scripts and shows that are
timely, have a story I want to tell and values I want to
support, and are special to me. It's really just been in
the last year or two that I've found this is what I
love, what I want to be able to do, to create from the
ground up. Being a producer gives me the freedom to
pursue the type of content that's important to me.
Full House fans often tell me, "I wish there were shows like
this on TV again, like Full House, or Family
Ties, or The Cosby Show." I wish that too.
But when you talk to executives, they say these kinds of
shows are outdated and not what the audience wants
anymore. As far as I'm concerned, there is a big
audience for family-friendly programs, and I think that
has been proven. Faith-based movies or family-friendly
networks that have uplifting programming are all doing
Cast - Then and Now
Q: What are your greatest challenges and
struggles about walking the narrow way as an actor in
Candace: I love the entertainment industry; it's such a
crazy business, but I wouldn't want to be in any other
one. It can be challenging to be a Christian in this
industry because most movies and television shows today
want to push the envelope and be edgy, and I am always
asking to keep traditional and moral values as a focus.
Specifically as an actor, I have my own personal boundaries as to
what I will or won't do, so that limits me. Those are my
choices, so I don't feel badly about them, but it makes
things more difficult. If I don't feel with my whole
heart that an opportunity is honoring to God, I won't do
it. I often struggle with these decisions and with
knowing where that line is, if I can see a bigger
picture to choosing this role, or not. Is it just for
the sake of working? Can I see ministry value in it?
Those are things I think of with every job I take.
Q: I have heard you give your testimony to an
audience of thousands, and it's clear you have a passion
for evangelism. What are the intentional steps you take
to be salt and light to those around you?
Candace: In everything I do, I try to represent Christ the
best that I can. I hope that people will see that in me
regardless of whether I talk about Jesus. But if I see
those opportunities with crew or cast members I work
with, I will definitely talk about my relationship with
God, get to know where theirs is at, and share the
For example, I was doing a Christmas movie a few years ago. I knew
the actor playing my dad was not a Christian and had
specifically been praying to share Christ with him as
well as with anyone else on set. That very first day, we
were talking about the script; I had asked the director
if we could take out "Oh, my God!" and replace it with
something else. The actor said, "I don't understand; can
you tell me why that is a bad thing to say?" This opened
up an opportunity in which I was able to share the
Gospel, he was receptive to listen, and we had a
Q: During your recent talk at the Hearts at Home
conference in Illinois, you mentioned that you are still
in contact with your Full House colleagues. I'm guessing
that you have probably had similar conversations on
spiritual topics with your former cast members as well?
CCB: Yes, I've had those conversations with everyone from
the show. My faith is in every part of my life, and I
don't shy away from talking about it, as it's a part of
my everyday language. I'll say things all the time like,
"When I went to church, I learned..." or "When I was
studying the Bible, I discovered..." But I believe
evangelism is more than sitting down and sharing the
Gospel for a moment. It's about how you do life over the
years. My Full House family is like my second family, I
love each of them dearly, and I'm very close to several
of them. And I hope over the years they will all come to
Q: Your brother, Kirk Cameron, has also maintained an
active career in the entertainment industry. Tell us about his
influence in your life and how your approaches to living as a
Christian in show business differ.
CCB: My brother has had a huge influence on me and my
Christian faith. I love that over the years, his relationship with
Christ has become deeper and stronger. He is such an inspiration to
me. He also is the one who led me to my faith; although I accepted
the Lord when I was 12 years old, I didn't start walking in faith
until my 20s and it was due to a book he passed to me, called The
Way of the Master, and then seeing him live out his own faith.
As far as our different approaches to show business, over the years
I have been focused mainly on being an actress, while my brother is
more ministry-based with what he does in the industry. He works to
equip Christians, and I'm super proud of him and all he does.
Q: I'd also like to hear about the influence your parents
have had on your life, and how that influence has intersected with
your faith journey.
CCB: Obviously, my parents were a huge influence in shaping me as
a child and as an adult. Although my parents were not walking in
faith when we were young, they brought us up to be moral,
hard-working people. They held and taught many Christian values
although they wouldn't have called them that. I know my mom prayed
for all of us for many years, even though her faith was not strong
at the time. It wasn't until I was 12 years old that we went to
church as a family for the first time. My dad did not become a
believer until about seven years ago, although he had always gone to
church with us. I believe my journey walking as a Christian was more
of an influence on him over the years. Today, I'm thrilled to say
that we are all Christians; my parents, brother, two sisters, and I
would say that we challenge each other, encourage each other, and
protect each other on a daily basis.
Q: In addition to all your work in the realm of acting, you
are also the author of a New York Times bestseller, Reshaping It
All, which deals with physical and spiritual wellness. You are
also working in an industry that places so much emphasis on body
image and appearance. What do you do to maintain a God-centered
attitude about body image and physical health in the midst of
cultural pressures to put so much emphasis on body image and
appearance. What do you do to maintain a God-centered attitude about
body image and physical health in the midst of cultural pressures to
put so much emphasis on those areas?
CCB: What has really changed for me over the years, in terms
of the relationship I have with food and keeping my body fit and
healthy, is that it came down to renewing my mind in the word of
God, and ultimately knowing that God is who I want to please. And He
is not going to love me any more or less depending on how I look or
what number is on the scale. It's my duty as a Christian to honor
God with my body and take care of it. I don't want to be lazy or use
His grace as an excuse to be a glutton and not take care of my body.
As far as the industry goes, there is pressure to stay thin but the
truth is, I have gotten over that part. I've been the same weight
for the last ten years, since having my youngest child. I know my
value and worth lies in the eyes of God, not the industry.
mother of 3 and wife Candace is
emerging as one of the most powerful women in entertainment. She
currently appears on 4 different television networks (ABC, Netflix,
Hallmark Channel, and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries) and is considered
by millions as a role model to women of all ages.
reprised her role as D.J. in Netflix's new
original comedy series "Fuller House."
After finishing a three year run as her character 'Summer Van Horn' on
ABC Family Network's "Make It Or Break It," Candace became
the Executive Producer with her production company iCandy
Productions for her hit mystery movie series AURORA TEAGARDEN
on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries in which she plays the title
character. The series is based on the books by New York Times
Best-Selling Author Charlaine Harris.
To date, Hallmark has aired six Aurora Teagarden films with Candace.
Candace has starred in multiple movies for Hallmark Channel
including "Puppy Love," "Moonlight & Mistletoe," and "Let
It Snow," along with "Finding Normal," Emmy nominated
"The Heart Of Christmas" and "Christmas Detour."
"Christmas Under Wraps" broke records becoming Hallmark's most
watched telecast ever and cable's second most-watched original movie
third book, Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and
Conviction, which chronicles her journey of self-discovery on
season 18 of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" that came by
leaping out of her comfort zone.
With a philanthropic spirit that shines through her work, Candace is
passionate about non-profits Skip1.org, Compassion International and
National House of Hope.
A devoted wife to her husband, former NHL star Val Bure (the two
were introduced at a hockey game by Dave Coulier) the two
have been happily married since 1996. Together with their 3
children, Natasha, Lev and Maks, they split their time between Los
Angeles and Napa Valley, California which is home to their highly
rated boutique wine label, Bure Family Wines.