Laverne Cox is on a mission of paving the way for other transgender actors

Among those competing for a coveted golden statue for the 2020 Emmys is actress, producer and activist Laverne Cox, who caught up with E!'s Justin Sylvester, ahead of the award show. The four-time Emmy nominee is up for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for the second year in a row, and now that she's over the initial shock, she's ready to raise the bar for herself even higher. "This year when I got the Emmy nomination I was very surprised. I said, now that I'm a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, I need to work really hard to live up to that!" the Orange Is the New Black star explained. "I'm really excited to work harder and get better at my craft, and thank you Television Academy for the inspiration." She has undoubtedly inspired others, especially following the 2014 Emmys, when she became the first openly transgender person to be nominated. Laverne explained. "It's about the people who follow...If you can open a door, other people have to walk through. And for six years, I was the only one."