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!
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
Another fun fact: They actually let Laverne do the take as pre-transition Sophia but the creators told her that she was too feminine to play a man.
Another fun fact: her twin brother, M. Lamar, is a brilliant, intellectual, queer, black musician and performer and everyone should check out his work.
Wow, did not know this