Trans actress Laverne Cox is a star cast member of the new show Orange is the New Black, a netflix original series developed by the creators of the acclaimed show Weeds. Already, there is buzz about the show winning awards. And we here at Transgender Law Center think that is fantastic! Laverne and her cohorts are incredibly talented, and the script offers up one of the most realistic portrayals of prison life ever seen on television.

On the show, Laverne’s character struggles with maintaining her familial relationships on the outside while surviving on the inside. Her transgender identity is explored on the show with realistic grace. Recently, Laverne sat down with The Take Away to talk about the show.