Multi-talented and beautiful Caribbean-American actress and dancer Candace Maxwell is on her way to becoming Hollywood’s newest starlet as she stars in Tyler Perry’s upcoming BET+ series All the Queen’s Men streaming now.

The 10-episode male exotic dancer series is based off Christian Keyes book, Ladies Night from Tyler Perry Studios. The show revolves around the life of “Marilyn ‘Madam’ Deville” (Eva Marcille) and members working at Club Eden, the fictional home for the best male exotic dancers in the country. Madam is a fierce businesswoman who is at the pinnacle of her game in the nightclub industry. Her band of trusted employees vow to make sure that she thrives. But Madam, a self-proclaimed box, soon discovers that more money and more power leads to more issues. Maxwell portrays the role of “DJ Dime,” the resident DJ at Club Eden, who serves as the voice and rhythm of the club.

Candace Maxwell is a first-generation Caribbean-American born to parents from the islands of Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. Born in Westford, Connecticut, Maxwell was raised in Queens, New York. Ever since her youth, she used her fiery passion for music and dance to prove her worth as a natural performer. After her years at the Big Apple she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she attended CCEPA (Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts). Post-graduation, she went on to study acting and minored in dancing. She trained extensively in ballet, modern, jazz, tap, African, partnering, and hip hop. All that hard work opened massive doors for Maxwell. She went on to dance professionally for the New York Knicks City Dancers and became a back-up dancer for famous hip-hop icons. (Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Lil Kim and P. Diddy.)

Prior to booking her exciting role on All the Queen’s Men, Candace starred as Cassandra Haynes on Starz’ Power, Didi on CW’s Katy Keene, and Jasmine on Netflix’s Insatiable.

In her free time, Maxwell enjoys cooking, traveling, food and culture, and writing poetry. Health and wellness are extremely important to her. She maintains her mental health by exercising and meditating often. Candace is an advocate for underprivileged youth and works with young teenage girls who are victims of sex trafficking.

Chilled had the pleasure of sitting down with Maxwell to learn about her downtime hobbies, her love of food, and her home bar stocked with Jamaican Rum.

Chillin' with Candace Maxwell

Chillin’ with Candace Maxwell

Tell us about the project you are working on.

Right now, I am most excited about my show All The Queens Men on Bet+. I love All The Queens Men because it transports you to a world where women are safe to let their hair down and live out their deepest fantasies all while listening to the best DJ sets by Dime.

With your busy schedule, what do you like to do with your downtime?

I love to travel, go on new adventures, sleep, and eat. Travel keeps me grounded and connected to different cultures and with that comes my love for food. Anything from taco trucks to Michelin star restaurants are a must.

When you go out to eat, where do you like to dine?

I’m new to the city of LA so I don’t have any favorite places yet (although Kreation, and Spartina are both delicious). I love places that have cultural authenticity, and great ambiance. I also like super fine dining where the food looks like art. I’m a true foodie.

Chillin' with Candace Maxwell

Chillin’ with Candace Maxwell

What types of dishes do you typically order?

The spicier and the saucier, the better. Jamaican, Trinidadian, Greek, Italian, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Sushi are all favorites of mine.

Any favorite bars?

I like the Bungalow in Santa Monica.

What drinks do you order when out?

Number one is a Spicy Margarita with Tajin on the rim for a good time. Wine or champagne is great for meal pairings, and If I’m feeling a little dark and stormy an Old Fashioned will do the trick.

Chillin' with Candace Maxwell

Chillin’ with Candace Maxwell

Do you prepare drinks at home?

I’ve poured myself glasses of wine.

Tell us about your home bar. What is it stocked with?

Red wine, white wine, Wray and Nephew Overproof Jamaican Rum (It’s a staple in every Jamaican household and my mom is Jamaican), Pineapple Ciroc, Tito’s, and Anejo Casamigos.

Have you ever been a bartender?

No but I have worked in nightlife. A good bartender is essential to make it through the long nights.

If you could share a drink with anyone, who would it be?

Anthony Bourdain (R.I.P. to the man and the legend). I don’t drink beer often, but I’d throw back a cold one with him. He seemed like such a beautiful soul. I was obsessed with his show “No Reservations” when I was growing up.