By THOUSIF INC
General Hospital's Cassandra James says 'My Experience Has Been Pretty Lonely.'
"I am still very used to being the only Asian in the room."
An actor's road to success is never easy, but it can be more challenging for some folks than others.
General Hospital's Terry, Cassandra James knows this better than most.
She has blazed a trail as the show's first transgender Asian American actress.
However, the unfortunate fact is that trailblazing, by definition, means you are leading the way in what is so often a solitary journey.
Moreover, the more multifaceted and intersectional your identity is, the stronger that loneliness can get.
Cassandra James spoke last month at a panel featuring prominent Asian American and Pacific Islander news and media figures.
One of the panellists discussed in the face of rising hate crimes is how essential it is that all folks can see themselves reflected on the television.
"Representation is shifting," she acknowledged, as more and more stories are being told by and for AAPI folks. However, she continued.
"I am the only trans-Asian in the room, almost always."
"My experience," James admitted, "has been pretty lonely and pretty isolated."
That, though, makes playing Terry all the more crucial.
"I feel a sense of responsibility, and I want to bring my authentic humanity to what I do."
"I sometimes think when our identities are politicized, it can be daunting and hard to navigate at times for me as an artist and as an actor."
Cassandra James can authentically portray her journey as a successful, confident Asian American transgender woman.
It is, after all, one that mirrors her own experiences.
Hopefully, seeing Terry in General Hospital will help others like her feel less alone in their journeys through life.
Being a trailblazer is incredible, but the hope is that those who shoulder the burden of leading the way do so to make it easier for others to follow.