Dean Cain Turns the Page
BY JENNY PETERS
The times they are a changin’ for Dean Cain, and that’s just fine with him. The actor-writer-producer can’t help but feel a bit jazzed as his 18-year-old son Christopher goes off to college, leaving this full-time single dad with a very empty nest.
“He’s heading to High Point University in North Carolina, so I’m very excited for him,” Cain says, with just a hint of regret in his voice. “It’s a whole, brand new beginning for me. My life is changing dramatically now, because when you’re a single parent, you do everything. All of it. And I did everything. So now he’ll be in college, I have a big adjustment to make and now I can focus on work. I don’t have to worry about things the way I worry about them now, even still. He still hasn’t left yet. He’s almost there. I still cook breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s just gonna be very odd to be able to focus on just work.”
And while most parents who send their children off to university naturally begin to think about all the things they have been waiting to do and start making big plans to check off a few of those bucket-list adventures that have been on hold as they raised their kids, Dean Cain is cut from a different cloth.
“My life is crazy because any bucket list I could have come up with, I have achieved that and so much more, that it’s hysterical for me to think of a bucket list,” he responds with a chuckle, when asked what’s on his coming free-man agenda.
But then, with another moment’s consideration, the 52-year-old Michigan native whose birth father was of Japanese descent (his adoptive father Christopher Cain, the film director best known for “Young Guns,” moved his new family to Malibu in the early 1970s) realizes that there is one place still on his non-work agenda.
“I want to visit Japan, where I’ve never been. I’m a quarter Japanese. My given name is Tanaka, and so I’d love to visit Japan. [I was in] 23 countries last year, and I’ve never been to Japan! It’s one of those things that I want to do and I will do that soon,” Cain says bemusedly. “But I don’t have a sort of bucket list. I’ve achieved so much more and seen and experienced so much more than I ever could have imagined.”
Over Dean Cain’s long career, which began with minor acting roles in the 1970s and 1980s, until his big breakthrough in the early ‘90s playing Superman/Clark Kent in “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” That four full-season, 87-episode series cemented his fame and Cain has been busy ever since, with a career that encompasses not only acting, but screenwriting, directing and producing as well. Cain’s latest projects include roles in TV series including “Hit the Floor,” “Supergirl” and “Lady Dynamite, as well as numerous starring roles in Hallmark Channel made-for-TV movies, hosting the magic-show series “Masters of Illusion” and appearing regularly on the news program “Fox and Friends” as a Republican-policy advocate, regularly causing a stir on social media with his right-leaning statements.
“I’m a history major,” he explains, “so I studied history [at Princeton University], and as I look at all of these things, I realized how incredibly lucky we are. I’ve always had an opinion, and as I’ve gotten older and wiser, perhaps I’ve just voiced it more often. Then with the advent of social media and things like that, your voice is able to get out there and be heard. That’s a good thing for me; I don’t use a publicist, I don’t run things through a publicist. I say what I feel, I mean what I say, I have a reason behind why I say things, and I’ll engage anybody.”
Cain also appears as a pundit/co-host on the “Today” show and on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” and plans to keep up his political advocacy for as long as he can make his voice heard.
“I don’t have anybody pulling the strings. There’s no puppet master. I make my choices and I am very happy that I do so, because I have my integrity,” he says frankly. “I look at myself in the mirror and I know exactly what decisions I’ve made and why I’ve made them, and I don’t have any regrets about that. I may have made some mistakes, but they were my mistakes and I may have learned from them, and maybe I’m gonna make some in the future, and that’s okay too. I have no fear of that. I have no fear of failure. To me, that’s the way you free yourself, is to have no fear of failure and to know that everyone makes mistakes. Everyone.”
And don’t be surprised if one day soon Dean Cain’s name appears on a political ballot form in a California election, either. “I’ve been approached a number of times to run for office. I have been approached by various parties and a lot of political action groups and committees, and have had a lot of conversations with them. I don’t want to be a politician, but I would be willing to serve at some point in time, I imagine. I am not ready to now. This is not the time for me to do it, but I may be willing to serve in the future, and that’s the way I look at it,” Cain reveals.
Until then, look for Dean Cain to keep doing what he does best – creating entertaining programming for viewers around the world, and being the best dad he can be.