Congratulations are in order for actress Laverne Cox — the Orange is the New Black star is making history after landing a role as the first transgender woman series regular on network television.
The actress is set to star in CBS’s new drama Doubt and will play a powerful attorney who, according to Cox, will “wear really great stuff, too.”
Laverne told reporters during the CBS TCAs, “I’m really, really grateful to have a job as an actor. I’m an avid TV watcher, and there are people in my community who watch a lot of TV.”
She continued, “Growing up, I did not see people like me on television. That folks can have a character like Cameron, who is Ivy League educated, it’s wonderful. And to be a black transgender woman in that position on CBS is really special.”
Cox will also star in Fox’s version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and will still capture audiences’ hearts on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black.
This is not the first time LC has made history. Two years ago, Cox became the first openly trans person nominated for an Emmy award in an acting category. That year, Cox was acknowledged for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for OITNB.
Doubt will debut midseason.