If you're looking for an inspirational story to boost you, Laverne Cox's saga to superstardom is nothing short of applaudable in itself. Currently riding high on her third Emmy nomination, Laverne talked about how she is willing to share her third Emmy Nomination with The Hollywood Reporter.
On her seven-year run as Sophia Burset on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black, a role that has garnered the now-47-year-old three Emmy nominations for outstanding guest actress. It's a historic feat — Cox was the first transgender performer ever nominated for an acting award — and one, she admits, she's still processing. "The day it happened, I cried," Cox told The Hollywood Reporter during a recent In Studio visit. "I was in London shooting a film [Jolt with Kate Beckinsale]. I was even more surprised about this one than the other two. If this is happening now, there has to be a bigger reason."
Cox has decided that the reason should be for her to help shift the spotlight to other transgender performers in Hollywood. "The year when a show like Pose is on the air and I honestly thought I would no longer be the only trans person nominated for an acting Emmy. No other trans actors were nominated this year, I thought, okay, this is an opportunity to lift up those performances to talk about this," she said. "Like, invite the Television Academy members to consider the brilliant work of some of the trans actors who are working on television. Certainly, you know, an Emmy should be about the work and the talent and what you've brought to the craft, but, you know, in 2019, why should there just be one trans person who's been nominated for an acting Emmy?"
Even though it is her, Cox is not content claiming all the credit. "I share this nomination with everyone in our cast, in our crew. I love all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for seven incredible years," she said. "Thank you, Jenji Kohan."