Transgender actress Cox of 'Orange Is The New Black' lands Time - My9 New Jersey

Transgender actress Cox of 'Orange Is The New Black' lands Time cover

Posted: Updated:
Laverne Cox appeared on Good Day NY, June 10, 2014. (MyFoxNY) Laverne Cox appeared on Good Day NY, June 10, 2014. (MyFoxNY)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The NetFlix series 'Orange Is The New Black' has reached a cult following with fans on marathon viewing sessions of season two immediately after its recent release.

One of the biggest draws of the show which is based on imprisoned women is transgender star Laverne Cox who plays 'Sofia.'

Cox's character got the attention of Time magazine who placed her on their cover and next to the title 'The Transgender Tipping Point; America's Next Civil Rights Frontier.'

“(In the issue ) there is a lot of basic things about who transgender people are. The issue tells the story of a number of transgender people, their struggles and their stories… hopefully the misconceptions we have about people will melt away. I didn’t make the Time 100 even though I was no. 5 in a fan poll. WhereIsLaverneCox went viral and I think that had something to do with it. I’m really deeply honored and I want to thank the fans and Time magazine," said Cox.

The Marymount Manhattan College graduate who majored in dance got her first taste of acting on the stage while in school. She quickly fell in love with acting. But for Cox, the road to success has been riddled with abuse, assault and struggle.

"I’ve had a very difficult time. Street harassment has been a huge part of my life. I was kicked on the street once. I was bullied big time as I was growing up; I was beaten up. There were times I was held down and beaten up," said Cox.

She credits her single mother and twin brother-- who played her character pre-transition on the show- for helping survive and thrive.

"I'm very blessed," said Cox.

'Orange Is In The New Black' has been picked up for a third season.





  • Today on Good DayToday on Good DayMore>>

  • NYC Unicycle Festival

    NYC Unicycle Festival

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:05:59 GMT
    More than 300 people are expected to hop aboard their unicycles to ride across New York City for the 2014 Unicycle Festival. The three-day long festival begins Friday with a 13-mile ride across Brooklyn. The main event takes place on Governors Island from 12 pm-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
    More than 300 people are expected to hop aboard their unicycles to ride across New York City for the 2014 Unicycle Festival. The three-day long festival begins Friday with a 13-mile ride across Brooklyn. The main event takes place on Governors Island from 12 pm-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Eli Manning on making another rap video

    Eli Manning on making another rap video

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:32 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:32:14 GMT
    Eli and Peyton Manning have returned to the "rap game" with the release of their Fantasy Football Fantasy video. The quarterbacks are promoting the new NFL DirectTV Fantasy Zone channel with the rap commercial/video. It's the second year the brothers team up for NFL Direct. “I was a little nervous about how this would portray. You're not sure how this is going to turn out. But sometimes you can't take yourself too seriously. It worked out well," said Manning.
    Eli and Peyton Manning have returned to the "rap game" with the release of their Fantasy Football Fantasy video. The quarterbacks are promoting the new NFL DirectTV Fantasy Zone channel with the rap commercial/video. It's the second year the brothers team up for NFL Direct. “I was a little nervous about how this would portray. You're not sure how this is going to turn out. But sometimes you can't take yourself too seriously. It worked out well," said Manning.
  • Joan Rivers remains in NYC hospital

    Joan Rivers remains in NYC hospital

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:54:57 GMT
    Hollywood legend Joan Rivers, 81, remains in critical but stable condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. The comedian and TV host was undergoing an outpatient procedure at a clinic on the Upper East Side on Thursday when she went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement saying her mother was "resting comfortably."

    Hollywood legend Joan Rivers, 81, remains in critical but stable condition at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. The comedian and TV host was undergoing an outpatient procedure at a clinic on the Upper East Side on Thursday when she went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement saying her mother was "resting comfortably."

Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices