Not content with only working in one aspect of the film business, Diahnna Nicole Baxter has worn many hats in her relatively short career behind and in front of the camera. Baxter already has an Emmy win under her belt (as well as another nomination) for “Satacracy 88,” an interactive, choose your own adventure style sci-fi web series which she co-created, co-wrote, and starred in as well. The series’ premise, that of a woman who believes her life is being controlled by outside forces, was reinforced by the fact that her actions would ultimately be chosen by viewers. Talk about life imitating art.
Baxter has also appeared on many hit television shows, including “Scandal,” “True Blood,” “Jane The Virgin,” “American Crime Story,” and “The Fosters.” Recently, she was nominated as Best Actress at the Burbank International Film Festival for the feature “A House is Not a Home” and was also the lead in the award winning short “Doorways,” which screened at Cannes Film Festival and had its television premiere last month. Currently you can catch her short film, “Cowboy’s Girl,” also starring Tony Todd, on the festival circuit. It can also be watched at: https://vimeo.com/118682152
The multi-talented Baxter began her career on stage in New York, where she appeared in many Off-Broadway shows, before traveling with the number one Off-Broadway hit “Pieces,” performing her self-written segment, “Definitions,” all over the country. In terms of stage work, she most recently appeared in “A Ghost in the House–The Jack Johnson Story,” at the renowned Schoenberg Theater at UCLA.
Baxter is a star on the rise, and is seemingly hedging her bets. She continues to appear in mainstream Hollywood productions as well as creating her own avenues for success. It’s just a matter of time before things truly take off.
Reel Talk with Brisco Diggs recently caught up with Baxter to discuss her career and her recent Billie Holiday project, “Finding Lady.”