On March 6, 2019, the CBC will premiere a new Nova Scotia-shot mini-series set in the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth and in the community of North Preston. Diggstown follows Marcie Diggs, a star corporate lawyer who reconsiders her life’s priorities and joins a team of legal aid workers to find justice for their diverse clients – exploring issues of racism, poverty and gender bias. And, as if the setting and stories aren’t unique enough, the series is headlined by Vinessa Antoine who is breaking ground as the first woman of colour to be ‘number one on the call sheet’ of a prime-time Canadian drama.
ACTRA Maritimes’ Francine Deschepper had the pleasure of both acting alongside Vinessa in an episode of season one and finding this opportunity to chat about the show.
Francine: Why did you want to play the character of Marcie Diggs?
Vinessa: I get really excited about roles, particularly for women of colour, that are contrary to stereotype. A black female lead who surfs checked some of those boxes for me. In the past, it was rare to see a black woman leading a show. In fact, it had not been seen at all in the history of network television in Canada. I was excited to finally break this cycle with a character and a writer who is passionate about telling stories not only from a human point of view, but also from the perspective of a black Canadian woman. Marcie is incredibly kind and smart but also so flawed with all sorts of ugly bits inside of her. For the longest time, I’ve wanted to see characters like that on TV and now I get to play one.