Candis Cayne – trans icon/actress/activist/sidekick to the frequently exasperating Caitlyn Jenner – has booked a guest starring gig on the new NBC drama Heartbeat.
In the episode, titled “Permanent Glitter,” she plays Ava, a trans woman diagnosed with breast cancer. When Dr. Alex Panttiere (Melissa George) recommends an aggressive treatment to save her life, Ava learns that the body she spent a lifetime transitioning into will never be the same.
“The storyline explores the hardships that all cancer patients must face – fear of death and the unknown, and the sometimes crippling uncertainty of what the future holds,” NBC says in a press statement.
“And through the character of Ava, we learn that it’s not a breast, or a scar, or our appearance that defines us, but our inner strength and courage.”
Candis’ episode of Heartbeat airs May 4 at 8/7c on NBC. (via OMGblog)