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Laverne Cox says it’s ‘wonderful’ to be a ‘black, trans woman’ cast in CBS drama Doubt

Joseph McCormick August 11, 2016

Laverne Cox has said she is proud to play her character on CBS legal drama ‘Doubt’.

Of her character, an Ivy League-educated attorney, the Orange is the New Black star said: “What’s so exciting about [the role of] Cameron and being on CBS is I’m an avid TV watcher and, growing up, I did not see people like me on television.”

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Speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Cox added: “It’s wonderful to get to play a character like that. And to be a black transgender woman in that position on CBS feels really special.”

It was announced last February that Cox had been cast in the legal drama by CBS. 

The casting was hailed as a milestone for diversity on US TV, and the role was created specifically for Cox.

‘Doubt’ was written by Grey’s Anatomy alumni Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, and it will be produced by Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

As well as being nominated for an Emmy for her role as Sophia Burset in OITNB, Cox also featured on the cover of TIME magazine.

Earlier this year she responded to criticism of the Rocky Horror remake in which she plays Dr Frank-N-Furter.

The Orange is the New Black star, who is transgender, has signed on to play Dr Frank-N-Furter in the remake – a role that is traditionally played by a cross-dressing man.Cox will put a new spin on the new self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania”, revamping the role for the modern age.

Cox will put a new spin on the new self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania”, revamping the role for the modern age.

However, initial promo and trailers for the Fox remake have not been well received by fans of the cult classic musical – attracting a huge number of dislikes on YouTube.

Some fans have also complained about the casting of Cox – but the actress says she has put everything into the project.

 

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