Candis Cayne is no stranger when it comes to groundbreaking roles on television. Back in 2007, she portrayed transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC’s drama Dirty Sexy Money, becoming the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in primetime. The 46-year-old actress is making history again and this time on Grey’s Anatomy.
Cayne is heading to Seattle Grace for a multi-episode arc. She’ll play a transgender patient undergoing a “groundbreaking” vaginoplasty surgery. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the character was “inspired by a story that the writers on Grey’s Anatomy read about Hayley Anthony, a trans woman who helped Jess Ting, the director of surgery at the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery at Mount Sinai, create a groundbreaking new procedure for vaginoplasty surgeries.”
“[The surgery] revolutionizes the making of a vagina and we thought that was a really cool story and Candis is playing a character inspired by something we read,” Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Cayne’s other acting credits include The Magicians, Heartbeat and Nip/Tuck. She also appeared as herself in I Am Cait.