Laverne Cox Lands an Emmy Nomination and Chats With Us About “Orange is the New Black”

Monica Gleberman | Jul 11, 2014

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Laverne Cox is more than just an overnight success on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black”; she is a reality star, producer, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) advocate. GLAAD honored Cox with its prestigious Stephen F. Kolzak Award for her work as an advocate for the transgender community and she was the first openly known transgender person to appear on the cover of “Time Magazine.”

Now if that is not enough, Cox joined “TakePartLive” as a co-host to discuss her role on “Orange is The New Black” and how her character Sophia Burset’s struggles were once her own.

“Orange is The New Black” is an original Netflix program based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her experiences in prison. The show was first released in July 2013 and instantly became a huge success. Cox’s character goes through the emotions of what it’s like to be transitioning from a man into a woman.

In a press release from Takepart, Cox said, ”On Orange, our writers are so brilliant and I think they do a really good job of making Sophia just one of the girls. She has specific issues that relate to her being trans but she deals with the same things that everyone else deals with; she’s incarcerated, she has a family on the outside, she’s negotiating, does she have a relationship with the family, that’s not a trans issue that’s a human issue.”

Cox added that she relates to her character on multiple levels with one of them being the family struggles that are portrayed on the show. Although now she is on the GLAAD’s National Board of Directors, there was a time where she felt she wasn’t going to be accepted by anyone, including her parents. She said it has been a long journey between her and her mother.

“For me and my mom it was a long journey but my mom always wanted me in her life,” Cox said. “She had difficulty with pronouns and with getting used to calling me a different name and accepting me as her daughter but eventually she did. It took a lot of difficult conversations but we had those conversations with a lot of love and a lot of empathy. I’m really proud of her and she’s proud of me.”

Watch seasons one and two of “Orange is The New Black” now on Netflix.

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