EXCLUSIVE: Soul food alumna Vanessa Estelle Williams has joined the cast of the fifth season of Fox drama series 9-1-1 in a highly recurring role.
Williams will play Claudette Collins, a 9-1-1 call center veteran who heads back to LA Central Station to show the younger ones, including May Grant (Corinne Massiah) “how it’s done” … Claudette is tough but fair, open and confident as hell.
Williams’ character is featured in today’s episode.
9-1-1 was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear and explores the high pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and dispatchers who find themselves in the most scary, shocking and heartbreaking situations. These emergency responders must try to balance rescuing the most vulnerable with solving the problems in their own lives.
Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Jennifer Love Hewitt are the main characters. Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, Ryan Guzman, Rockmond Dunbar, Corinne Massiah, Marcanthonee Jon Reis and Gavin McHugh can also be seen in regular roles.
Williams casting follows Hewitt’s temporary departure, who is on maternity leave. Last Monday’s episode, Hewitt’s Maddie Buckley, who works as a call center operator, suffers from postpartum depression. In the episode titled “Desperate Measures,” Maddie left her and Chimney’s newborn daughter at the fire station and left town to get the right help she needed.
9-1-1 is produced by 20th Television in association with Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear are creators, executive producers, and writers on the series. Bradley Buecker is executive producer and director of the series. Alexis Martin Woodall, Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, John J. Gray, Kristen Reidel and Juan Carlos Coto are also executive producers.
Williams is perhaps best known for her role as Maxine Chadway in Showtime’s drama series Soul Food, which aired from 2000 to 2004. She played as Anna Marie in the original Candyman film and will soon repeat her role in the sequel Say My Name, directed by Nia DaCosta, written and produced by Jordan Peele. Williams is represented by the A3 Artists Agency.