New Jersey-born actress Diane Guerrero is taking over the small screen once again! The Orange is the New Black cast member is expected to star in a new CBS drama called In the Country We Love. It will be based on her 2016 memoir, of the same name, about the devastating immigration battle that tore her family apart.
Here is the premise for the show: When a successful corporate attorney’s dramatic past of deportation is revealed after a family emergency, she begins taking pro bono cases from undocumented immigrants, according to Deadline.
The storyline isn’t much different from her very own life. Diane’s memoir In the Country We Love: My Family Divided chronicles her harrowing experiences as a teenager. When she was just 14, immigration agents took her parents out of their Boston Home and deported them back to their native country of Colombia while Diane was at school. Can you imagine coming home from school one day only to find your entire world turned upside down?!
The 30-year-old Jane the Virgin guest star, who was named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization in 2015, has remained vocal about immigration laws and racial inequalities throughout her career.
“This is me trying to humanize this issue because it’s not just a political issue, it’s a human issue,” Diane told The Hollywood Reporter. “I want to bring to light the families involved because it’s so damaging to our country, it’s so damaging to families to do this to our communities and the kids who are left behind. The kids who are left behind are American citizens — like it or not, they are part of this country.”
The people behind The CW’s Jane the Virgin will also work on CBS’ latest project, including executive producers Jennie Snyder Urman, Ben Silverman and writer Paul Sciarrotta.