Global phe­nom­e­non Laverne Cox says she’s pleased to have taken a small­ish part and been able to make “a nice lit­tle mo­ment for my­self”

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Thanks to her turn as trans­gen­der hair­dresser Sophia Burset in prison drama Or­ange Is The New Black, Laverne Cox knew she had quite a fol­low­ing.

One par­tic­u­lar fan, how­ever, left her gob­s­macked.

“I met Michelle Obama and she was like, ‘Oh my God, don’t tell me what hap­pens, I’m on the last few episodes’,” laughs Cox, dur­ing a break on the show’s New York set.

“That was pretty freaky and pretty awe­some, think­ing of the First Lady watch­ing Or­ange Is The New Black at the White House.”

Cox has be­come a global phe­nom­e­non since be­ing in the show’s 2013 de­but sea­son.

Her char­ac­ter, Sophia, is a trans­gen­der woman in jail for credit card fraud com­mit­ted to fund her gen­der re­as­sign­ment surgery. She’s an Emmy nom­i­nee (“I have the pro­gram with my name printed in it to prove it hap­pened”), a Time mag­a­zine cover girl (“My mother and I both have huge posters of the cover”), and she, along with Cait­lyn Jen­ner, have in­creased trans vis­i­bil­ity world­wide.

“In­spi­ra­tion is a word I hear a lot, but I say, it’s just lit­tle old me,” smiles Cox, who de­scribes her­self as a “pos­si­bil­ity model rather than a role model”.

“I think it’s all about au­then­tic­ity. It’s won­der­ful folks are con­nect­ing to my

Pic­ture: GETTY

Laverne Cox at­tends the Broad­way open­ing night of


in New York City.

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