Orange Is the New Black star Selenis Leyva says Laverne Cox helped her understand her trans sister
Orange Is the New Black star Selenis Leyva has spoken about how the show’s story arc featuring Laverne Cox shaped her relationship with her own transgender sister.
Leyva, who played the chef and Latina matriarch Gloria Mendoza on the Netflix prison series, explained that Laverne Cox’s character had a special significance for her, because she has a transgender sister in real life.
Orange Is the New Black transgender storyline was very important for Selenis Leyva.
Speaking to People magazine, Leyva explained: “When I met Laverne, I remember thinking, ‘I’m going to watch her.’
“I thought, ‘How is this going to play out? Is this character going to be a respectful representation or is it going to be fluff and surface?’
“Laverne and I had our conversations, I told her I had a transgender
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