NERD of the MONTH Candace Kita!

THis months NERD of the MONTH is Candace Kita!  She was one of the stars of the Masked Rider show!   She was nice enough to do an interview with #ilovesexynerds.  Check out her facebook page and say hi!

ILSN:    Tell us a little bit about yourself?  Do you have a mini bio about yourself?Barbara_Stewart

Candace Kita:  Born in Los Angeles but raised in England, Belgium and Texas, Candace Kita graduated from college with degrees in philosophy and contemporary religion. After postgraduate work in sociology, she chose to pursue her dream of acting.Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Candace became a series regular lead in all 40 episodes of FOX-TV’s “The Masked Rider”. She went on to take series regular roles in “Son of the Beach” on the FX Network, “Running with Scissors” on the Oxygen Network and “Dance Fever” on ABC-Family.Her most notable series recurring role was on ABC’s “Complete Savages”, portraying Mel Gibson’s ill-fated girlfriend, Misty, doomed to die a new and horrible death at the end of each episode.Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 10.24.26 AMAs a guest star, Candace’s credits include “Revenge”, “House, MD”, “Better with You”, “Raising Hope”, “Nip/Tuck”, “Two and a Half Men”, “The Wayan’s Brothers”, “VIP”, “Method & Red”, “Smith”, “Pepper Dennis”, “Quintuplets”, “Girlfriends”, “Felicity”, “Even Stevens”, “Pl of the Future”, “Wall to Wall Records”, “Beck and Call” , “The Probe”, “Big Happy”, “Movies at Our House”, “Miriam Teitelbaum: Homicide”, and “The Sweet Spot”.On the big screen, Candace can be seen in the Adam Sandler and Kevin James comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry”. She also appeared in “The Bad News Bears” with Billy Bob Thornton and Greg Kinnear, “Stealing Time” with Jennifer Garner, and “Barb Wire” with Pamela Anderson.

Candace has appeared in more than a dozen national commercials for brands such as Sprite, Coke, IBM, AIG and MSN. She also starred in a spot for Harvard Medical HMO that was featured on ABC-TV’s “America’s Funniest Commercials” and has served as an official spokesperson in several spots for the Food network, HGTV and DIY. As a model with prestigious print agency Wilhelmina, Candace walked the catwalk for Diesel, XOXO and Brighton among others.

Candace is the founder of Hotties With a Heart, an organization that brings together young women who donate their time to various charities throughout the United States. Recent events have included Read Across America, The Boys and Girls Club, The Salvation Army, and The Bob Hope USO.

Kita is also the author of “The Hottie Handbook: A Girl’s Guide to Safety,” a safety primer for young women.

Currently, Candace is the Managing Editor of Viva Glam Magazine,
ILSN:    What is the craziest story you could tell us?
Candace Kita:   One of the craziest stories that recently happened to me occurred last week.  I had to go to Punta de Mita, Mexico for a job and spent the entire week working with a person who ended up being on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.  He was #3.  Our flight back to LAX was stopped by the FBI and he was apprehended on the plane.  Ironically, I still think he is a nice, charming and extremely efficient person.  After spending a week with him, we were all sad to see him go.  
ILSN:   Do you have any projects coming up?
Candace Kita:  Yes, I just shot a rom-com for Australia called “The Love Addict”. It is a romantic, light-hearted comedy about a man who can’t stop falling in love.  
ILSN:  One of my favorite shows growing up was kamen rider (masked rider) .  Tell us your experience being on that show.
Candace Kita:   I had the pleasure of being on Masked Rider for over 2 years. We shot 3 seasons and 40 episodes and some of my best friends have come from this show. In fact, AJ, who played Albee, is now a rap musician and I’ll be seeing him next Tuesday at a television interview. And I saw David, who played Hal, last week for Chinese food.  
ILSN:  Tell us about your website?
Candace Kita:    Haha, thank you for asking about my website. My website, is in the process of being overhauled, so I’m very excited about the way it will look soon.  My other website, gives quick and easy safety tips to women on subjects such as travel safety, campus life, internet safety, dating, getting your first apartment, among others.  
ILSN:  Marvel vs DC vs Anime?
Candace Kita:   Marvel! I was in a Marvel comic book for Masked Rider and was happy they even drew in my mole that I have on my face!
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ILSN:  What was your childhood like growing up? 
Candace Kita:   I had a great childhood in that I was exposed to many different cultures in a short amount of time. I grew up in London, Antwerp, and Texas.  So I experienced city life and also country.  I remember eating peanut butter, bacon and watercress sandwiches at Harrod’s each week for tea and also threw cow patties in the fields behind my house in Texas.  It was the best of both worlds.
ILSN:  Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Candace Kita:    Still pursuing my dreams and still hard at work.
ILSN:  What do you do to inspire yourself?
Candace Kita:    Good question. A friend of mine said no matter how hard you work, you have to put a prize somewhere in the package for yourself.  Meaning, put something in the future that you are always looking forward to.  Whether it be going to a museum exhibit you have read about, going on a small trip out of town or ordering a great book on Amazon, these small things inspire and excite you about life.  You always have to have something to get excited over.  It is important and even the small things count.
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ILSN:  What do you like to do for fun?
Candace Kita:    Reading, catching up with friends and an occasional nap isn’t bad either.
ILSN:  What kind of music do you like?
Candace Kita:  Amy Winehouse, 1940’s torch singing, The Punch Brothers
ILSN:  what kind of nerd are you?
Candace Kita:  . I’m the quintessential Asian nerd. I have learned a long time ago to embrace it.  
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ILSN:  is there anything you are promoting right now?
Candace Kita:   Yes, of course, I am the Managing Editor of Viva Glam Magazine, a women’s lifestyle magazine.  Live the life you want and you can have it all, but live compassionately and with love.
ILSN:  What is the nerdiest thing you have done?
Candace Kita:    Well, I can think of one of the nerdiest things I would have done, had I have known in time.  Last month, Grumpy Cat was in Santa Monica at a book signing. Apparently, people were waiting in line for over 5 hours to see her. Yep, I’m that girl.  I probably would have stood in line for 5 hours myself because who would have gone with me?!?!?!
ILSN:  Do people ever recognize you when you go out?
Candace Kita:   I’m always shocked and surprised if anyone recognizes me.  Once I was parking my car at a grocery store. A man came up to me and said he had just seen me on TV that very morning.  I said thank you for noticing. He then said, “Girl, they need to give you more lines!!!”  Haha, too funny!
ILSN:  What is the craziest gift a fan has ever given you?
Candace Kita:   Boy, what a question. I’ve gotten insane gifts, some of which I won’t mention, from probably mentally unstable people.  But I have gotten some very nice hand drawings and also crochet (believe it or not) that I greatly appreciate.
ILSN:  What is the hottest costume you have ever worn?
Candace Kita:   Zombie Schoolgirl
ILSN:  Favorite food?
Candace Kita:   I love all foods so this is a difficult question.  Love European chocolate for sure!
ILSN:  Favorite Movie?
Candace Kita:   Withnail and I and Grey Gardens rate high, but I’m a movie buff so it is difficult to choose!
ILSN:  Favorite videogame?
Candace Kita:   Dead or Alive from Techmo as I was Lei Fang for them for many years.10727774_353899971439998_881695582_n
ILSN:  Also give me the links to all your social media pages 🙂
Candace Kita:   links:
Candace Kita’s Official Website

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