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”
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
Laverne Cox attends the Broadway opening night of
in New York City.