CBS legal drama pilot "Doubt" has just nabbed one of the most buzzed-about actresses in Hollywood.
Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox has signed on to the project from writer-executive producers Tony Phelan ("Grey's Anatomy") and Joan Rater ("Grey's" and "Madam Secretary).
Produced by CBS TV Studios, "Doubt" centers on a smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who gets romantically involved with a client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime. "Justified's" Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly also serve as executive producers on the pilot.
Cox will play the supporting role of Cameron Wirth, a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney, as competitive as she is compassionate. She's described as fierce, funny and the fact that she's experienced injustice first hand makes her fight all the harder for her clients.
In addition to playing Sophia on "OITNB," Cox has guest-starred on Bravo's "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce" and MTV"s "Faking It." She has also starred in the films "Musical Chairs," "Grandma" and "The Exhibitionists." Cox has also recently guest co-hosted on ABC's "The View" and has surfaced as a possible addition to the panel.
It's unclear at this time what impact this project will have on Cox's role on "OITNB."
Hartig Hilepo Agency Ltd. and Peikoff Mahan represent Cox.
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Chaz Bono, Transgender advocate, writer and musician
1. What transgender story or character has been particularly meaningful or impactful to you?
"'Boys Don't Cry' was important to me. It was about a year after I saw that film that I started to question my own gender identity. It's a difficult movie to watch, but it was the first image of a transgender man I'd ever seen in the mainstream media. Even though the character wasn't perfect and there was a tragic ending, I could still identify with Brandon. Seeing that film helped me figure out that I was transgender."
2. What is a common stereotype or cliché in stories about transgender people that you never want to see again?
"I'm so tired of seeing TV shows and films where transgender people are either victimized or killers. And too often those characters that are supposed to be transgender don't look or act anything like actual transgender people. People in the entertainment industry who are writing, casting, directing, and acting transgender roles have a responsibility to do their research and make it more realistic."