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Laverne Cox Reacts to Being the First Transgender Actress Who Gets Emmy Nomination

July 11, 2014 (3:56 am) GMT
The 'Orange Is the New Black' star has celebrated the show's multiple nominations with the rest of the cast, saying in an interview, 'My whole life has changed.'

has made history with her Emmy nomination, being the first openly transgender actress who gets the honor. In an interview with USA Today, the "" star shares her feeling after learning of the good news. "Apparently I'm the first openly transgender actress to be honored for an Emmy," she says.

"I think this nomination happened because of Jodie, honestly," she sings praise for , who directed the third episode of season 1. "That was a dream come true for me, as an actor. Who didn't grow up watching Jodie Foster movies? I would rewind tapes to see what she did. This performance in Episode 3 happened because of her."

This year is extra special for Cox. In addition to the Emmy nomination, she recently covered Time magazine. "I got to meet the president, I have an Emmy nomination and I can afford to redecorate my apartment. I have a publicist who connected this call," she shares some of her amazing experiences this year so far.

Of how these things have affected her life, she says, "Everything is different." She adds, "My whole life has changed. People recognize me wherever I go. Nothing is the same it was last year."

Asked what she will wear to the Emmy gala, Cox answers, "Oh my God, I don't know! I know I need to go to the gym! I hope someone wants to dress me, maybe."

Cox has celebrated her and other Emmy nominations received by her show with the rest of the cast, including her co-star who is nominated as breakout star. In a newly-shared picture, the "OITNB" stars are seen having a toast on the set of the Netflix comedy.

"OITNB" garnered 12 total nominations, including for Outstanding Comedy Series. It faces off "", "", "", "" and "" in the category.

"Orange Is the New Black" cast celebrate Emmy nominations:


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