Chicago Med fans hoping for some huge reason why Yaya DaCosta left the show will be disappointed—there’s no big mystery.
The actress was asked about her decision to leave the NBC drama during promotion for her new FOX series Our Kind of People, and DaCosta told reporters that she simply found another project that interested her.
“There isn’t much to say about it. There was a window opening and a question mark as to whether I should stay or go,” she said, referring to her Chicago Med contract expiring after six seasons. “And in that window, I fell in love with Our Kind of People and I jumped at the opportunity to work with Lee Daniels again.”
DaCosta appeared as Carol Hammie in Daniels’ critically acclaimed 2013 film The Butler. Two years later she was cast as Emergency Department nurse April Sexton on Chicago Med.
In Our Kind of People, DaCosta is unquestionably front and center as Angela Vaughn, who relocates back to an affluent Martha’s Vineyard community and immediately begins making waves. Angela also uncovers a secret about her mother that changes everything.
“The show is a dream in so many ways and it’s saucy and so much fun,” she explained. “There’s so much about my character that I felt was really important to bring to the forefront of our discussions. We’re just playing with these serious themes and we’re making them fun.”
The series premieres September 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on FOX (watch the trailer). Chicago Med will address April’s exit in the season 7 premiere on September 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, though season 6 ended with April narrowly missing an interview for the hospital’s nurse practitioner program.
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