Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winner. She is best known for her award winning roles on “All My Children” and “As the World Turns.” She is currently starring as “Kelly Andrews” on The Young and The Restless. Her memoir, Murdering My Youth, about growing up in an alcoholic family was released to high acclaim in April 2014.
The summer of 2013, she completed shooting on her directorial debut, a short film she also wrote and produced, called Flip Fantasia, which was accepted into the Macon Film Festival.
In the fall of 2013, she jumped into shooting her second short film called The World of Fuh about a man who falls in love with a balloon, to be released in the summer of 2014.
Other behind the camera credits include working as an associate producer on the festival award winning film “How We Got Away With It.” She was involved in every step of the filmmaking process, from inception to color and sound edit to festival submission and sales. Awards include first runner up for Narrative Feature at the Sonoma Film Festival and Best Thriller at the Bare Bones Film Festival. The film is set for release in spring of 2014.
Cady has worked extensively in film, night time television, and theater. In 2008 she was featured in two independent films: “Soldier’s Heart,” detailing PTSD in a Vietnam Vet long home from the war and “Home Movie,” a psychological thriller released through IFC. Other film credits of note include the Hamptons Film Festival award winning film “Alma Mater.” Television credits include “Law and Order SVU,” “Cheers” and “St. Elsewhere.” Off-Broadway credits of note include David Ives’ “The Red Address” at Second Stage. For a full resume please visit IMDB . Check out her Active Pitch page to watch her reel or download a resume.
Cady has been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily News, TV Guide, Boston Herald, Time Out New York, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Times Picayune, The Palm Beach Post, Mix Magazine, Connecticut Magazine, Talent in Motion, The Litchfield County Times Monthly, Soap Opera Digest, Soap Update, Newsday, AM New York, The Sacramento Bee, Brooklyn Papers, Agency, Tulsa World, MidWest Beat, Imagine, Rocky Mountain News, Courier Life, The Jamaica Gleaner, Brooklyn Papers and Country Weekly.
2011 Daytime Emmy Pre-Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress- All My Children.
2008 Lead in “Home Movie.” Winner of the Citizen Kane Award for Best Direction at the Sitgis Film festival in Spain.
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Nomination for Best Leading Actress- As the World Turns.
2004 Daytime Emmy Winner Outstanding Supporting Actress- As the World Turns.
2004 Lead in Soldier’s Heart. Winner of Best Narrative Feature at the GI Film Festival in Washington D.C.
2004 Lead in Retreat. Audience Award Winner of the Woods Hole Film Festival, Winner Key West IndieFest- Best Feature Film, Winner Telluride Indiefest- Best Feature Film.
2002 Lead in Alma Mater. Nominated for the Golden Starfish Award for Best Film at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Winner of the Audience Award, Austin Film Festival.
2003 Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress- As the World Turns.
2001 Daytime Emmy Nomination Outstanding Supporting Actress- All My Children.
1999 Soap Opera Digest Award Winner- Favorite Return- All My Children.
1994 Soap Opera Digest Awards Nomination- Hottest Female Star- All My Children.
1992 Daytime Emmy Nomination- Outstanding Younger Actress- All My Children.
1991 Soap Opera DIgest Award WInner- Best Heroine and Outstanding Super Couple- All My Children.
1990 Soap Opera Digest Award Nomination- Outstanding Female Newcomer- All My Children.
1990 Daytime Emmy Winner- Outstanding Younger Actress- All My Children.
“…the sublime and subdued Cady McClain plays her character with equal parts strength and vulnerability, giving her turn as a mother/psychologist the genuine pain of a mother intent on protecting her increasingly dangerous children.
If this woman can’t get more solid work in feature films after HOME MOVIE, then I’m not sure what’s going on. Many fine actresses have come from daytime sudsers including Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan and Marissa Tomei. I can see her becoming a much sought after character actress in film for years to come after this.” – Ryan Bruce Levi on “Home Movie”
“The film’s high point comes in a kitchen scene where Gwen, her face grotesquely whitened by a drying beauty mask, puffs on a cigarette as she unmolds a Jell-O ring, dubiously eyeing the quivering green mass on the plate before her… flashes of wit and inventiveness, particularly surrounding Cady McClain’s Jackie Kennedy look-alike wife, make the… going worthwhile.” - Variety on “Alma Mater”
“Cady McClain’s performance was dignified and touching as the woman who helps Anderson fulfill his fantasies.” – The Daily News on “The Red Address”
“Simply awesome,” -Filethirteen on “Alma Mater”
“Superbly acted.” -Inside Out Toronto on “Alma Mater.”
Cady is extremely proud of her work in her one-woman piece “Mona7,” which she wrote, produced, co-directed and acted in. The thirty-minute multi-media performance deals with issues of abuse and identity through collaged video, surrealist word play, and viewpoints movement.
Her 2006 blog for ABC, “Confessions of a Mad Soap Star” was an enormous success, realizing over 2 million hits. Her candor and intimate writing style, as well as her unique sense of humor won her thousands of Internet fans who continue to read her personal blog posted regularly on her own web site.
In March 2008, Cady self published her first book of three, “Conversations with the Invisible,” a compilation of poems and collages, which became a popular “staff pick” at blurb.com and brought her to the attention of the poetry department at the University of Connecticut. As a result, Cady was asked to share her work and process at the Litchfield County Writers Project as part of National Poetry Month in 2009. Previous participants include Frank Delaney, Honor Moore, and Frank McCourt.
Her first novel, “Murdering My Youth,” recalls Cady’s search for identity in NYC while haunted by traumatic memories of her youth. She will be releasing it in 2014.
Writing music is also an important part of Cady’s life and work. In 2006, she dove into the role of singer-song-writer and released her first music cd “BlueGlitterFish,” to rave reviews. Comparing her to Patty Griffin and The Indigo Girls, Courier Life said, “These songs will haunt you. Cady McClain invites the listener to partake of the odyssey recorded on this debut, in which she marshals considerable gifts as a songwriter and singer.” Cady also enjoyed performing her music live across the United States, including the legendary venues “Rockwood Music Hall” in NYC, “Club Passim” in Boston (for which a live digital release is forthcoming), and “dba” in New Orleans, just to name a few.
Visual art, another love of Cady’s, holds a significant place in her life. Her paintings, like her collages, often contain found objects and words, emphasizing the theme of the imagery. According to Agency Magazine, “her jewel-like cards are alternately quirky, touching, political and sad.” Her mural for the HOWL Festival in 2004 was accepted by FEVA (Federation for East Village Artists) into the collection of the Museum for Counter Culture. Her multi-media approach was developed in part while studying with renowned American artist Nancy Chunn at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Cady is passionate about the City of New Orleans. Some efforts include supporting the Make It Right Foundation, The New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund, concerts and support for Katrina affected musicians. Other work and donations for charitable organizations include ChildFund, The Enterprise Foundation, and PCI/Media Impact- who enlisted her support to discuss how entertainment could be used to deal with social and health issues around the world (she was a speaker in Washington D.C. at the PCI Entertainment Summit on the subject), as well as the cause of education for women worldwide. Cady is a huge supporter of international radio and television soap operas and their ability to affect social change.
Recent television and Radio interviews include a guest DJ set at “The Sound” 100.3 FM in Los Angeles, ArtistFirst World Radio, ABC News and Radio, Entertainment Tonight, EXTRA, Stardish Radio, Sirius Radio with Larry Flick, SoapNet, Buzzworthy, WVOX for “Between The Covers with Joseph Montebello” and by Charlie Rose at a recorded live event as part of her work for RARE, an award winning non-profit organization.
Cady is currently attending The New School for Public Engagement in Creative Arts Therapy and writing. Thus far, she has taught her “Lucid Dreaming into Art” workshop at The Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT and The Elizabeth Seton Center in NYC.
Cady is a proud union member of SAG and AFTRA. She is very pleased to have been accepted into The Players Club in 2011.