Viewers might recognize Cantu from her numerous credits on hit primetime shows like Mom, This Is Us, Lethal Weapon, and Black-ish. But Cantu made sure to do background research before reporting to set on February 1. She told the publication:
I reached out and contacted people, made sure I was as true to the profession and character as I could possibly be. I reached out to actual police officers that I know. I wanted to make sure that I was handling a gun correctly, that I was doing everything I should be doing as a detective. It’s been pretty awesome to be able to do the special stunts and get to handle a gun on the set.
How would she describe Jada? Cantu stated:
I love the character. She’s a very confident woman. She’s intelligent. She’s gorgeous. She’s tough. But she also has, like all humans, layers. She has a vulnerable, soft side, but it takes time to get to that. She’s been through some things. And she’s in a male-dominated world, but she hangs in there. She really holds her own. She’s very independent. She’s kind of like a black stallion. As an actor, I use that animal as inspiration, because she’s on her own path. She does her own thing. She’s not afraid to be by herself. And she is very strong.
A DAYS fan before she joined the show, Cantu shared her excitement at getting to meet some of her favorite daytime actors. She said:
I was looking forward to meeting Kristian Alfonso [ex-Hope], which I did get the opportunity to do at one point. That was awesome. Deidre Hall [Marlena] was amazing. I met her, as well. Ari [Zucker], too. She’s fantastic. You’ll see that we get to work together. She’s an amazing actress and person. I always used to watch her character, Nicole, and Sami [Alison Sweeney]. So it was pretty awesome that I got to work with her.