Laverne Cox scored not only an Emmy nomination for playing prisoner Sophia Burset on the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black (OITNB), but also iconic trailblazer status as an openly transgender actress, activist, and role model. She was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2015, and last June Madame Tussauds San Francisco unveiled its wax figure of Cox, making her the first transgender individual to be immortalized by the world-famous tourist attraction. Meanwhile, Cox performed opposite longtime LGBT icon Lily Tomlin in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival dramedhit Grandma.
Beyond her onscreen career (credits also include The Mindy Project and MTV’s Faking It), she is the executive producer of FREE CeCe!, a documentary about CeCe McDonald, an African American transgender woman incarcerated in a men’s prison for killing a bigoted attacker in self-defense. While shooting season four of OITNB, which debuts in June, Cox took a break to join us in the VIP Lounge.