Candiace has scored her first acting role in a major motion picture — co-starring in Water in a Broken Glass.
“It’s been such an amazing experience,” Dillard tells PEOPLE of the movie, which was an official selection of the Pan African Film Festival earlier this month and stars an all black cast with a principle creative crew made up of people of color. “To be able to show off this other side of me and help tell this important story? What an honor it is.”
The film — which was co-written by Williams-Thomas and Danielle S. Mooney — tells the story of Tonya Mimms, a mixed media artist who finds herself in the throes of a love triangle with a charismatic man and a stunningly beautiful woman. Dillard plays Dr. Nikki St. Claire, a friend who helps Mimms navigate this obstacle.
“This is a story of self-discovery and how at the end of the day, you really have no choice but to face who you really are,” Dillard says. “You have to trust that when you let go and fall, when you get to the bottom and you’re on the way down, that the people who love you will be there to catch you.”
Aside from wanting to help tell this story, Dillard also leapt at the chance to play a doctor.
“My parents are doctors — my dad, stepdad, mom, and stepmom are all physicians,” Dillard explains. “I always thought I was going to be a doctor, and then I discovered that math and science hated me so I was like, ‘Let’s figure out something else to do.’ But to be able to play a doctor really was the next best thing.”
“I love Nikki,” Dillard adds. “She’s not a dumb girl, she’s a smart woman. She’s a lot like me. She’s spunky and loyal to her friends. She’s blunt, she keeps it real. She tells it like it is. And she has a soft side of her that can turn into a twinge of jealousy, which you see in the film while her best friend is kind of figuring out her life and neglecting her friendship with Nikki.”
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