Suffice it to say that if Laverne Cox were going to make the rest of Hollywood a sandwich right now, she might want to call it peanut butter and jealousy. Because there are few actors who are hotter right now than the â€œOrange is the New Blackâ€ breakout â€” who made more news Saturday (May 14) with the revelation that sheâ€™ll soon become the first transgender actress to star in a network TV show. Sure, we know itâ€™s only May â€” but it might just be time to declare 2016 The Year of Laverne Cox.
Need more proof? Read on for a breakdown of the plethora of projects keeping the Alabama native occupied these days.
This legal drama will soon be a series on CBS, which means Cox will break ground as the first transgender performer to actually portray a transgender person on a network TV show. Co-starring Katherine Heigl, â€œDoubtâ€ portrays a successful defense lawyer (Heigl) who falls for her client (Steven Pasquale) â€” who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. Cox will be a regular cast member on the series.
One of the most eagerly-anticipated TV events of the year, Foxâ€™s fall production of â€œThe Rocky Horror Picture Showâ€ will have a lot of people watching â€” and Cox in the breakout role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, originated in the classic movie by Tim Curry (who will appear in the new version as well).
â€œI get tweets from people, â€˜Please donâ€™t f*** up â€˜Rocky Horror Picture Show!â€™â€ Cox recently said to Entertainment Weekly. â€œI showed my brother pictures of me in character and he was like, â€˜You were preparing your whole life for this.â€™â€‰â€
Break out the glitter! In addition to all her in-demand TV work, Cox has reached a new plateau in her industry: Being asked to host a prestigious event. Sure enough, on May 14 Cox served as host of the GLAAD Awards, presenting a special honor to none other than Mariah Carey.
Sometime soon we should see this movie, based on a bestselling, award-winning book. Starring alongside Abigail Breslin, Bette Midler and Annasophia Robb, Cox plays a reporter covering the story of a cross-dressing teenager at an ultra-conservative high school.
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Oh yeah, letâ€™s not forget about her day job!
Arguably Netflixâ€™s most beloved show, â€œOINTBâ€ is due to return for its eagerly-anticipated Season 4 next month â€” and after that, the show has already been greenlit for a fifth, sixth and seventh season. So go ahead, Laverne, buy that summer house in the Hamptons.
Now, all she needs is that Sophia spin-off show she desperately wants to do â€” and you just know that weâ€™d all watch it too.