An American actress & LGBTQ+ advocate, Laverne Cox is among the famous figures in the entertainment industry with forefront support for trans-culture. Best known for her role as Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black, Cox is the first-ever openly transgender personality to have a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award. Moreover, the actress marked highlights for being the first trans appearing in a transgender role; appeared in the CBS TV series Doubt.
Turned professional since 2000, Cox already records 35 acting credits by 2020 & others counting on. Having produced & starred in TRANSform Me (2010), Cox is an inspiring figure in the LGBTQ community. Over the years, she has earned roles in TV series The Mindy Project, Weird City, Dear White People, and Inventing Anna. However, to her journey to the peak of success, Lawrence went through rocks & is open about her struggle.
Has An Identical Twin Brother: Birth Name & Age
Cox was born on May 29, 1972, in Mobile, Alabama, the USA & was raised by her single mother Gloria. Laverne's birth name is Roderick Laverne Cox, revealed during an interview with Mobile Press-Register in 2014.
Reportedly, her identical twin brother M Lamar, portrayed the role of Sophia (as Marcus) in Orange Is the New Black, subject to the demand of TV series demand for the pre-transitioning character. An American by nationality, Laverne comes from a black ethnic background.
The 5 ft 11 inches tall actress is 48 years old as of September 2020.
Bullying Led An Attempt To Suicide
At the age of 11, Laverne learned that she was developing feelings for male classmates & was being feminine. As a result, during school days, Cox had to go through bullies that led her an attempt to suicide at one point.
Later, she made her move to Birmingham, Alabama, and attended the Alabama School of Fine Arts to pursue creative writing but switched to dance. Laverne enrolled at Indiana University Bloomington for 2 years and transferred to NY City-based Marymount Manhattan College and studied acting.
Considers Candis Cayne Of 'Dirty Sexy Money' As Inspiration
With the on-screen debut through short film Betty Anderson in 2000, Cox began her professional acting career & worked in minor roles in The Kings of Brooklyn (2004) and All Night (2008, short film). It was until 2007 when the Premier of TV series 'Dirty Sexy Money' starring transgender actress Candis Cayne in a recurring role, changed her perception of the industry & inspired her to come out openly in the industry.
In 2008, Cox appeared on the first season of I Want to Work for Diddy and earned brief TV roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order (2008), and Bored to Death (2009). In 2010, she starred in & produced the reality TV series TRANSform Me, which paved her path to career journey.
Breakthrough In Acting With 'Orange Is The New Black'
In 2013, Laverne Cox became a recurring cast of Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black starring Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Michelle Hurst, and Natasha Lyonne. There, she portrayed Sophia Burset & appeared in 40 episodes until 2019; winning a Screen Actors Guild Award and 2 nominations for Primetime Emmy.
Cox produced a documentary film Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word in 2014, that won her Daytime Emmy Award in Outstanding Special Class Special, making her first transgender earning the acclaim.
In 2017, she appeared 13 episodes of TV drama Doubt, portraying a transgender character Cameron Wirth. The actress shared the screen with Katherine Heigl and Dulé Hill. Over the years, she has appeared in many TV series The Mindy Project (2015-17), Weird City (2019), Dear White People (2019), and A Black Lady Sketch Show (2019).
Some of her notable film credits include 36 Saints (2013), Grandma (2015), Charlie's Angels (2019), and Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020, documentary).
Any Career Update?
The Alabama-native is set to appear as regular cast Kacy Duke in Inventing Anna, alongside Anna Chlumsky, Julia Garner, and Katie Lowes. As per IMDB, her 2021 film Jolt starring Kate Beckinsale
and Bobby Cannavale is under post-production.
An Active LGBTQ Activist
The Honorary Doctorate awardee from The New School in New York City actively raises her voice on gender equality & advocates for the transgender community. Reportedly in June 2020, she set an auction for a replica of her head-turning Emmy's clutch, valued at $2,500, to donate the proceeds to New York City Anti-Violence Project.
She supports many non-profits such as Los Angeles LGBT Center, American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, and the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Is Laverne Cox Dating Currently?
The Orange Is the New Black actress was formerly in a relationship with the CEO of Mateo Sound, Kyle Draper. The two began dating in 2017 but broke up after 2 years in June 2019, which Laverne announced via her Instagram.
Before Kyle, Cox made highlights in 2016 after dating Jono Freedrix, president of The Virtual Stage. But their relationship stories vanished in the thin air later.
In October 2019, Cox made an Instagram post stating that she was again ready for dating. The caption of the post read "Single lady here. It's OK to slide into my DM's gentlemen. Don't be scared. Just be respectful."
However, no news of her new boyfriend or love life came up. Rather in an interview with Access Daily Zoom in 2020, she stated that her relationship status as single.
An avid user of Instagram and Twitter, Laverne Cox has over 4.2 million and 685.8K followers respectively, as of September 2020.
Net Worth In 2020
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Laverne Cox has a net worth of $4 million as of September 2020. All thanks to her successful acting career of nearly 2 decades & most notably the breakthrough role in Orange Is the New Black. Although she never opened up about her earnings, the actress earns hefty hundreds of thousand dollars each year.
On average, an actor sums up the salary of $57,299 per year.