Laverne Cox opens up about intense ‘Orange Is the New Black’ storyline

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Earlier this month, Netflix surprised fans when they released season three of their hit show “Orange Is the New Black,” in its entirety, hours earlier than expected. Now that viewers have had time to binge watch, we’ve learned to love Laverne Cox’s intense character, Sophia Burset even more, through the tears, makeovers, fight scenes and touching moments. All elements, the Emmy nominee says she wouldn’t change.

“I’m just so excited for people to see this season. … It was my favorite to shoot and I think [Jenji Kohan, the show’s creator] raised her game and every single actress on the show has raised her game. … My storyline this season got really real, kind of too real in some ways, but that is the brilliance of the art form that we get to do,” Cox told E! News.

Cox continued by describing the difficulty she had shooting a salon scene where her character was assaulted. “Violence against trans women is an issue I talk a lot about,” she said. “When I got the script, I knew that it was bigger than me. This storyline touches so many people and I was hoping that if we really go there and for the people who have grown to fall in love with Sophia, if they see her going through this, maybe it can inspire people to have different conversations about the violence that trans people experience in prison and in our daily lives. Hopefully, it can spark some conversation and change in our world.”

In order to film those difficult “Orange Is the New Black” scenes, Cox said she had to leave her body. We assume she means spiritually …

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