So I just found out that Laverne Cox has an identical twin brother, who played pre-transition Sophia in OITNB. I was wondering how they found someone that looked just like her to play the role! Super cool.
they were discussing Sophia’s back story and she told them “ya know, i have a twin brother.” they asked him to do it and he said yes! :D
fun fact Jenji Kohan told Laverne Cox that they were going to hire somebody to play her pre-transition because they didn’t want to traumatize her or trigger dysphoria by having her pretend to be a man and she was like “no no, I can do this, I’m an actress” but the creators of the show insisted on using her twin brother instead
Ok, the fact that her brother was like “Yeah I can do that” is awesome. The fact that the producers understood what playing pre-transition could mean mentally for Laverne, and were like “let’s not do that to her.” is even more awesome.