Laverne Cox wasn’t going to let her big moment in the Emmy spotlight pass without paying it forward.
Before announcing the nominees in the category of Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special, the transgender actress told the audience she wanted to ‘echo’ the sentiments of actor Jeffrey Tambor who had just won his second Emmy for Transparent.
Tambor called on the industry to give trans performers more opportunities to audition and to work.
Said Cox: ‘Give trans talent a shot. I wouldn’t be here if someone didn’t give me chance.’
She personally thanked Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan for giving her a big break and casting Cox as Sophia Burset on the prison drama. Cox has since been cast as a regular in the CBS drama Doubt and plays Frank N. Furter in Fox’s upcoming remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Cox expanded on her comments in an Instagram post on Monday (19 September): ‘All I have ever wanted was a chance to get in the room and show what I can do. @oitnb and it’s brilliant storylines gave me that shot. Other trans talent needs that chance.”
The actress continued to solidify her standing as an emerging style icon with her Emmy look which included a plunging gold Naeem Khan gown.