Actress Candace Cameron Bure is pulling back the curtain on her recent “Dancing with the Stars (DWTS)” appearance in her third book, Dancing Through Life (B&H, Aug. 1). In the midst of filming the "Full House" reboot and rumored to be joining "The View," Bure reflects on the challenges of staying true to herself and her Christian values in the sex-crazed world of television, all while coming to terms with her own sexuality in her latest memoir.
“There are so many messages out there in culture and in the media of what it means to be a woman - what feminism should look like and what femininity looks like,” said Bure while speaking to PW. “Ultimately, I had to figure out for myself; am I even happy about being a woman?”
While on season 18 of “DWTS” where she finished in third place, Bure went to great lengths to ensure that her costumes on the live show were modest and appropriate. Nevertheless, the actress repeatedly came under fire from media and online critics for her appearance on the dance floor. After learning to ignore the criticism and by leaning on her faith, Bure was able to stay true to scripture while also including her sexuality – a lesson she hopes female readers can learn from Dancing Through Life.
“I want women to know that being a woman is amazing and incredible, and [I want them] to embrace all the different parts of what womanhood is all about,” the actress added. “Sexuality is displayed so much; I don’t just want to be known for my body or the way I look, and yet those are wonderful things that God has given us. We’ve been created, each one of us, [and] it’s nothing to be ashamed of in any way. I can embrace those things, but on my own terms, not what the media or others say.”
Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction follows Bure’s previously released books, Reshaping It All (B&H, 2011) and Balancing It All (B&H, 2014), which, combined, have sold over 50k copies, according to Nielsen Bookscan. Looking ahead, the actress said a fourth book is “definitely” possible.
“I don’t know what the next book will be about but I think just like with Dancing Through Life, which was an unexpected book,” said Bure. “Life really influences what I write. I think that’s the best writing, when it comes from personal experience.”
Bure, who rose to fame at 10-years-old as DJ Tanner on “Full House,” is currently experiencing a new high in her career. The author is involved in several television projects, including “Fuller House,” which is set to premiere on Netflix in 2016.
“We had our first live audience taping on Saturday and the audience was thrilled,” noted the actress of the "Full House" sequel. “The fans have been waiting for this show, the audience was so excited, I don’t think we disappointed them one bit.”
Additionally, Bure produced and stars in the TV film “Real Murders: An Aurora Teagarden Mystery,” which premieres on Hallmark Friday, July 31. Variety reported Bure is in talks to join ABC’s “The View” as her popularity with conservative Christians is may help boost the talk show’s declining ratings.
“If I am given the privilege of being a voice in America, I will definitely jump on the opportunity,” Bure told PW when asked about the ABC program. “I think a lot of my fans know who I am, what I stand for. I try to live a life as best as I can with conviction, with moral and biblical values that I believe in. It’s not anything I’m trying to shove down anyone’s throats - just sharing my opinion. I think that’s what makes the world go around, that we have conversations about what is important, no matter where you stand.”