Laverne Cox Talks OITNB, Being A Transgender Activist & Her New Film ‘Grandma’

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Named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People of 2015, and popularly known for her role as Sopia Burset on the hit show Orange is the New Black, Laverne Cox has truly been a force to be reckoned with. Laverene recently chatted with Yahoo Style, dishing about her feelings on the story line for season 3 ‘OITNB’; being an activist for the transgender community; Twitter feuds and her new film, Grandma. Peep a few excerpts.

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How she felt about the OITNB story line for season 3: 

I was nervous that trans people watching it would be triggered. I didn’t want to re-traumatize anyone, but, well, this is the reality that a lot of trans women are experiencing right now, so it was incumbent upon me to honor that an allow those spirits to enter me.

It felt more like channeling than acting, opening myself up to what it feels like to experience that violence, that degradation, the injustice related to solitary confinement and no accountability for the people who attacked me or the guards who let it happen.

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Authored by: Kellie Williams