Laverne Cox will become the first transgender person to play a series regular character on a network tv show when her new show, Doubt, debuts early next year. In the legal drama, Cox’s character is an Ivy League-educated attorney who acts alongside Katherine Heigl.
Cox feels very honored to be bringing attention to the trans minority group. “It feels really exciting to be alive at this moment and to be the vessel for these moments that were inevitable,” Cox said.
Before she got her break out role in Orange Is The New Black, she said “I couldn’t get into an audition room. I couldn’t get an acting job. A friend of mine who is a drag performer in New York said, ‘I think that this trans thing is going to become a thing because it’s inevitable and you’re really smart and talented and I think you’re going to be at the forefront of it.’ ”
She is very humbled by all of the opportunities she’s had lately. She said: “I’ve been arrested in Orange and now I’m an attorney (in Doubt). I’m also a doctor and a lawyer in one year. I’m Dr. Frank-N-Furter” in the upcoming Rocky Horror.
She continues: “I get to show all these different sides of who I am and my talent. Yeah, I’m trans, but before I knew I was trans, I was a performer. I started dancing when I could walk and I’ve been performing my whole life. And so, just getting to do what I love doing most is so amazing.”
Cox also underscores the importance of bringing positive attention to the trans community and preaching love and acceptance.
“I don’t have to talk about being trans. I talk about it because I think it’s important,” she said. “Another trans woman was found murdered just this week. I think the total is 17 trans folks who have been murdered this year. And people might not say that’s a lot, but for a community that’s truly small, that is a lot. And I think that talking about diversity, talking about race, talking about gender is important.”