The “General Hospital” alum Vinessa Antoine (ex-Jordan Ashford) has shared an update for the Season 3 production of the series “Diggstown” on her Instagram with a caption that reads: “I’m home. Day one. #D3. Let’s. Go.”
CBC TV revealed in July 2020 that the production for the season 3 in Halifax will start in early 2021. However, the show’s break has been prolonged due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The actress, alongside her co-star Natasha Henstridge, talked about the struggles of coming to work after the hiatus in a video Antoine posted. Henstridge confessed she was so nervous about going back to work while Antoine felt like she was learning to walk again.
“I feel grateful to be working, but I also feel really grateful to be working with such a great cast and crew. Everybody is just been really gentle, just loving,” Antoine shared. Henstridge agreed and described that the set is a safe environment, a great place to go back to work, and “a soft landing place.”
From Port Angeles
The star has originally portrayed the character of DEA agent Jordan Ashford in “General Hospital” from March 2014 until September 2018. The actress revealed she didn’t plan to leave Port Angeles, but the show opted to recast the role instead of her appearing on both. In her post on Instagram, she expressed her exit was a way “to make room for more women of color in prominent roles on television.” GH cast Briana Nicole Henry for the role.
The Face of Change of Canada
Over 50 actresses auditioned for the coveted role of the powerhouse corporate lawyer named Marcie Diggs before Antoine got it. The series originally premiered on March 6, 2019, and was the start of Antoine to be the face of a change in Canada as the first Black Canadian woman to star in a prime-time drama in the country.
The series follows Marcie Diggs finding justice for her diverse clients at the same time learning if the justice system really works in Canada despite privilege and class. The character had gone through an existential crisis following her aunt’s tragic choice of committing suicide due to malicious prosecution, which then motivated her to work in legal aid in Halifax.
The creator behind the legal drama series is Floyd Kane, who is a former lawyer himself. The show tackles racism and bias where Diggs represents the under-represented rich black community of Nova Scotia which totals 37 percent of the country’s total Black population.
Fox acquired the series to stream in the US but did not announce the specific date yet but the Canadians can expect for the third season later this year. Antoine teases the writing is fun and viewers should stay tuned.
“Strong writing. We have a big season ahead of us. It’s a nice start.”
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