Laverne Cox Discusses Life on the Big Screen

The "Orange Is the New Black" star shines as a tattoo artist in the upcoming film "Grandma" alongside the legendary Lily Tomlin.
4:42 | 08/18/15

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"Orange is the new black" star hitting the big screen as a at that time too artist called "Grandma." In this clip an old friend played by lily Tomlin asks her for help and she offers the only thing she can afford. Let's take a look and talk. She really came through. Now you need me and I'm broke. I'm broke again. You look great. Hey, you want a tattoo? Now, that I can do. You want a tattoo, darling. Oh, no, thank you. We should probably -- How long would it take? A little one. Oh, 15 minutes tops. You know I'm a quick draw. I need to collect my thought, I'll tell you. We need to restrategize. Grandma wants a tattoo. Laverne cox, I got to tell you lily Tomlin not the typical grandma. Must have been wonderful to work with something like that. Absolutely amazing and, you know, I was so intimidated because she's a legend and I walked on to set and she was so sweet and so approachable and a fan of my work which is pretty amazing and it was just a delight. I could listen to her tell stories all day long and I just -- yeah, so honored to be a part of this film. I spoke to her and she spoke very highly of you and the entire cast. I really enjoyed watching the film over the weekend. And it's complex. It's funny. And it really goes into those complex relationships that women have, grandmother, mother, daughter and that. What drew you to this role. All those relationships I think most people can relate to having a family that's a little dysfunctional, maybe very dysfunctional but at the end of the day you're there for each other and I love the idea of playing a tattoo artist. I don't have any tattoos myself but I have known a lot of people who have and there's something really interesting about the relationship that tattoo artists seem to have with the people they give tattoos too and something ritualistic for people who receive them. It's wonderful to continue to see you grow and grow. I know that acting is something that is very dear to you and I saw recently you did a photo shoot and I saw you dancing and I realized that you first were involved in dance. Pausing so they can bring up the video so we can see. Which video is this? With nylon, remember. Oh, yeah, work it. Work it. And so it was about dance. When did you make the transition to acting? Oh, that's like -- I was inspired by beyonce. I started dancing in third grade and I begged my mother from like since I could walk till third grade to put me into dance class and found a program for me in third grade and was a dance major in college and started acting in college. Dance I still love doing and it saved my life as a kid growing up in Alabama. Why do you say it like that. I had something I loved to do that I was good at that I was able to set goals around. Even though I was being bullied I thought I'll get out of Alabama and I have dreams and I'll make it and dance took me all over the country. You've been very vocal in talking to especially young people and supportive of Caitlyn Jenner on her program and talks to transgender youth. That speaks to your youth. We in the transgender community are reeling. Yesterday we found out another transgender woman was murdered. Tamara Dominguez. That's 17 known transgendered women murdered in 2015 alone. It's really a state of emergency and your life should not be in danger for being who you are and we have to say these people's names and the reasons why, there's a plethora of a lot of different kinds of discrimination. Employment, has to do with housing, health care and need to make sure trans lives matter. A lot of young people reach out to you all the time and Sophia, your character, inspires us, "Orange is the new black." Can you give us a little something? We are shooting -- Back stories are something. I am so proud to be a part of "Orange is the new black." We are shooting season 4 right now. And I can no the tell you anything. You have to wait till next year but I'm definitely still very challenged by the work that is for me and really proud of everyone involved in the show. We're very happy for you. Appreciate your strong voice, your presence and can't wait to see what Laverne cox is going to do next. Me neither. Stay tuned. But "Grandma" is coming up next. "Grandma" in select theaters on Friday. Yes. You got to go see that.

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