Excited for the upcoming season of “Orange is the New Black”? Well, you’re not alone. When MTV News caught up with Laverne Cox, one of the show’s stars, on the TIME 100 red carpet in New York City, we learned that fans of the Netflix original series aren’t the only ones looking forward to the show’s June 6 release.
“I had a day when I was doing ADR – which is voice over – and I saw this scene that happens right after the finale when [Piper Chapman, portrayed by] Taylor [Schilling], you know, does what Taylor does in the season finale of season 1,” Cox said regarding the last episode’s cliff-hanger where a bloody beat down between Schilling’s character and Pennsatucky played by Taryn Manning takes place. “I read, of course, that scene, but I had [seen] it in the voice over session. I was like, ‘Can you play this for me?’ and I was like – (makes ’you just won $1 million through Publishers Clearing House’ face). I watched our show like a fan so I can’t wait for everybody to see that, because that is like, people’s minds are going to be blown. I think. Oh my god! It’s so good, I wish I could tell people.”
A transgender woman, Cox has been on a campus crawl as of late, speaking to students about her “OITNB” character Sophia Burset and moving beyond gender expectations.
“So many students have said, trans students have said; now I can have a point of reference when I talk about who I am. My friends are like, ‘Oh, like Sophia from ‘Orange is the New Black?’’ and they’re like, ‘yeah,’ and then they just move on and it’s not an issue,” she said. “I got a letter from a young, from a trans youth’s mother who said that he transitioned because of me and because of seeing me on the show it gave him the courage to talk to his parents about who he was and they’re supportive and loving and now he’s started his transition. It’s insane. It’s really beautiful.”
Cox’s message doesn’t end there; the actress is teaming up with MTV and Logo this fall as the executive producer and host of “Trans Teen: The Documentary.” The one-hour special will simulcast on both networks, telling the unique story of four trans youths in the U.S., who until recently, may not have felt safe sharing their lives with others. With varying levels of parental and social support, the doc will share their brave journeys as they learn to overcome challenges like intolerance, bullying and general confusion about whom and what they are.