I doubt there are many of you out there who haven’t already binge watched the third season of Orange is the New Black, but just in case – this article contains spoilers.
For those of you up to date, you’ll know that season three of OITNB saw things take a heart breaking turn for Sophia, Laverne Cox’s character in the show. After a parenting dispute between Sophia and Gloria Mendoza, transphobic rumors begin to spread about Sophia which are let to get way too far, and eventually lead to a transphobic attack. This results in Sophia being placed in solitary confinement “for her own protection”, which is an issue many trans women in prison currently face.
Laverne recently discussed this hard-hitting storyline with Yahoo, she had this to say: “I was nervous that trans people watching it would be triggered. I didn’t want to retraumatize anyone, but, well, this is the reality that a lot of trans women are experiencing right now, so it was incumbent upon me to honor that and allow those spirits to enter me. It felt more like channeling than acting, opening myself up to what it feels like to experience that violence, that degradation, the injustice related to solitary confinement and no accountability for the people who attacked me or the guards who let it happen.”
“But that’s partly why I act, to tell other people’s stories. I don’t have to be PC when I act; I just have to be a human being.”
Laverne and Yahoo talked about a lot of topics, so you can read the rest of the interview here.