Transgender actress Candis Cayne has joined the cast of the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Cayne is best known for her portrayal of transgender mistress Carmelita on ABC's Dirty Sexy Money, which made her the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character on primetime television. reported that Cayne will guest-star as Nona Richards, a wedding planner, on the long-running series starting December 2.

“I am incredibly excited to join The Young and the Restless family!” Cayne told People. “Everyone, from the casting team to the producers and network executives, have been so welcoming and gracious.”

“I look forward to working with the wonderful cast and crew, and I hope the viewers enjoy my character,” she said.

Of her friendship with I Am Cait's Caitlyn Jenner, Cayne, 44, said that she had changed the conversation on transgender rights.

“We were a back-alley conversation or a Jerry Springer conversation,” Cayne said. “Caitlyn has changed it in the fact that everyone in the world knows her name and knows that she is transgender. Seeing the way that she has embraced that means a lot to me.”