Transgender actress makes mark on hit series

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  • Netflix series ‘Orange Is the New Black’ features transgender actress playing transgender part
  • Laverne Cox plays Sophia, transgender woman on show

Laverne Cox is living her reality in a new runaway hit series for Netflix.

In the show “Orange Is the New Black”, Cox plays a transgender woman who is in jail for stealing money in order to pay for her gender reassignment surgery. In a dramatic scene, Cox’s character Sophia swallows the top of a bobblehead in order to be sent to the doctor -- so she can get her hands on the hormone estrogen.

For Cox, the character she plays on the TV show is one she can relate to wholeheartedly, telling Showbiz Tonight, “(Sophia) is doing what she can to be true to who she is.” 

Check out more of Cox talking about "Orange Is the New Black" at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN. 

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