Cassandra James Filming ‘Diggstown’ Role, Starring Vinessa Antoine
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General Hospital actress reunites with former co-star.
Soap.com congratulates Cassandra James (Dr. Terry Randolph) who recently posted on Twitter about a new role she’s filming. The General Hospital actress will soon be seen on the Canadian TV series Diggstown, starring Vinessa Antoine, who previously portrayed Port Charles’ Jordan Ashford.
Technically, Vinessa Antoine was the first to post the news, saying, “Just a couple of gals making history. First black person to lead a dramatic show in Canada and first trans woman on a soap together. Wow! Welcome sister. @diggstowncbc @cassandrajames_So proud to have you here. #diggstowncbc #GH56 #GeneralHospital #OGJordanAshford #terryrandolph” James retweeted Antoine’s tweet with her own words, “Suprise! Shooting @DiggstownCBC with my @GeneralHospital sister @VinessaAntoine! #transisbeautiful #DiversityandInclusion”
Diggstown is about a lawyer (Antoine) who, upon her aunt’s suicide, leaves her corporate firm to work for a legal aid clinic in Nova Scotia. The first season premiered on CBC Television on March 6. It was picked up for a second season in May.
As noted in the actresses’ posts, Diggstown marks the first time a black woman is a lead on a Canadian drama, while James is the first transgender woman to play a transgender character on a soap opera. The Canadian series also stars Natasha Henstridge (Beauty and the Beast, The Secret Circle), Tim Rozon (Wynonna Earp, Schitt’s Creek) and Stacey Farber (Animal Kingdom, Saving Hope). The first season ran for seven episodes earlier this year, with the second season returning in March 2020. No word yet on James’ character, or how U.S. viewers will be able to watch, but we will keep you posted.
— Cassandra James (@cassandrajames_) August 19, 2019