Some would say that Jwaundace Candece is one in a million. You might
not recognize her face just yet, but you definitely wont miss that body. Union
stuntwoman, professional wrestler and accomplished actor, Candece can fight til
the finish and crash a moving car without batting an eyelash.
triple-threat performer has been in a few great flicks, both as a stunt double
for actresses like Queen Latifah (Scary
Movie 3, Bringing Down The House,
Taxi, Last Holiday) and Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), and is building a resumé as an actress in her own
recently spoke with the strong-willed performer about her amazing – and safe to say kick
ass – career.
Whats your secret to staying to fit?
Candece: Meditation and Yoga – and dont forget, discipline. Im always been
sort of a daredevil, but I hated to go to the gym. What I really do is take
care of myself, keep my muscles warm and get my rest; thats key.
What does a stunt woman do when shes not doing stunts on a movie?
I get up most days and go to Yoga class. I love to do girlie things like get
pedicures and wear cute dresses. I do most things that are opposite from the
rough and rugged world of stunts.
I was just watching Quentin Tarantinos Planet
Terror and I loved how the ladies, especially the brown skinned ladies, got
to kick some ass. Are there more scripts out there for like Planet Terror?
If you think its hard for Black actress in Hollywood to get work, its even
harder for Black stunt women in Hollywood trying to catch a break. Planet Terror was one in a million.
How did you start in front of the camera?
Funny enough, I went out for music videos. Everybody has to serve their time in
this business, everybody. No one is exempt from that; being an extra or not
making any money, shaking your butt.
So, you went from videos to wrestling. How did that happen?
Lets be clear, I wasnt a fan of wrestling. I thought it was fake, just like
everybody else. One of my cousins was really into it, and I started watching it
with him. I only considered wrestling because I needed the money. It was a
paycheck at first. I was a struggling actress.
Did you ever experience racism or sexism while wrestling?
Because I was a part of a womans tag team group, we didnt have the sexism
issue. The Rock was huge back then, and his popularity with the crowd allowed
the Women of Wrestling to get some love. Because Im a Black woman and my tag
team [Caged Heat] were two other Black women, we
stood out and that made the crowd love us even more.
AllHipHop.com: What was it that you loved about wrestling, other
than the good money, of course?
really allowed me to exercise my athleticism. [Caged Heat] had a lot of fun
back then. My partners, Loca and Vendetta were my girls. I miss them.
WATCH JWAUNDACE AND CAGED HEAT IN ACTION
AllHipHop.com: Then you
smoothly transitioned into doing stunts Where did you find the time?
gotten a call from my agent, who wanted me to talk to the stunt coordinator for
Queen Latifahs movie Bringing Down the
House. I wasnt thinking about the job, I was just thinking about meeting
Queen Latifah. I had no idea what stunt people did.
I was so ignorant. I was
thinking to myself, If she did Set It
Off, why cant she do a few stunts in this movie? So to be honest, I went
out for the gig because of her. Im a big fan of the Queen.
AllHipHop.com: So your
first gig as a stunt woman was for Queen Latifah? Thats huge.
doing Bringing Down The House,
Latifah told me I was on board for her next movie. We ended up working on [Scary Movie] 3, Taxi and Last Holiday.
AllHipHop.com: Do you
have one great Latifah story after working with her on four projects now?
are a lot of stories about working with Queen Latifah that I cant tell. Lets
just say that Ive been honored to work with her. Ive been out of the country
to places I would have never gone working with her.
Hollywood, shes considered a full-figured woman. Is that your niche, being a
stunt for full-figured actresses?
know what, let me see, Ive worked with Kym Whitley, with Jennifer Hudson and
with MoNique twice. The last movie that I did with MoNique was Push, directed by Lee Daniels. Its
coming out this summer. I try to get jobs everywhere; staying fresh and hot. We
just finished a Volkswagon commercial.
The best thing about
going out for acting parts versus stunts is that they are hired by two
different people on the crew. The casting director hires actors, and the stunt
coordinator hires the stunt people. Plus, it helps that I have an agent for
both. I love doing commercials.
AllHipHop.com: If you
were to talk to Black girls who wanted to know about getting into this
business, what would you advise them to do?
Jwaundace: Id say, stay
fit; develop your physical craft just like you develop any craft. Id say,
practice your craft daily and put your work on camera. Send out tapes of your
stunts and your strength, and visit stuntsplayers.com to find all the best
AllHipHop.com: Who was
Grier, mainly. After watching her in movies like Foxy Brown, Coffey and Sheba Baby, I thought she was so pretty
and sexy, yet knew how to kick butt. I think every little Black girl wants it
all – to be fly and strong at the same time.
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