Laverne Cox star of the Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” is the first transgender woman of color acting in a [recurring] role on mainstream TV. She joins MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts to discuss her role on the show.
Thomas Roberts: Explain what it means to you to play this role and to do so authentically as you — playing a transgender character as this transgender actress?
Laverne Cox: To quote Lebron James [Laughs.], I’m not supposed to be here, you know? Society is not set up for black trans women from working class backgrounds and raised by single mothers to be on MSNBC promoting their hit TV show. It means a lot to me because acting has been my dream for my entire life and I think for a lot of other transfolk out there watching Sophia and this moment I get to have, it makes them think maybe they can…be out as trans women and live their dreams. I think in America that is what everyone should be able to do.