Emmy nominated actress Laverne Cox has broken barriers and made history by becoming the first transgender woman to star as a transgender woman on a broadcast network.

Cox will play Cameron, a fiercely competitive Ivy-League educated attorney alongside Katherin Heigl in the upcoming CBS series Doubt. The series revolves around the story of a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer (Heigl) at a boutique firm as she starts to fall for her charismatic client, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.

“Yes, Cameron is transgender, but that’s just one aspect of who she is. I remember when I was reading the pilot I was like, ‘Why do they want me to audition for this?’ I’m reading, ‘OK, she’s a lawyer, oh this is really cool? Is she trans?’ It wasn’t really clear if she was trans or not until that one moment and then we moved on. That’s what I kind of love…I love that yes she’s trans, it’s not a secret, but she’s so much more than that, she’s really good at what she does. She fights like hell for her clients, she believes in what she’s doing and that’s really great. She’s about more than being trans.” – Laverne Cox

The series was originally developed for the 2015-2016 season, but the pilot was never ordered to series and was re-developed and re-shot for this season. The first version of the pilot starred KaDee Strickland and Teddy Sears, who have since been replaced with Heigl and Steven Pasquale. Aside from those recasts, most of the supporting cast remained on board, and Cox was always set to co-star.

“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. 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.” – Laverne Cox

Cox is the first openly transgender woman of color to be nominated for an Emmy, and is known best for her role in Orange is the New Black. She also stars in Fox’s Rocky Horror Picture Show special event as “Dr. Frank-N-Furter” which will air this fall.

 

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