Laverne Cox and her twin brother were raised by her single mom in Alabama. Credit: Getty Images
Each episode of the Netflix hit "Orange Is the New Black" is action-packed, but for at least one of the stars on the show, the onscreen drama is nothing compared to her real life.
Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia, recently scored a book deal with Harlequin to tell the true story of her life as a transgender actress.
"As a trans woman of color from a working class background, I have often felt shame about the truth of my personal story for much of my life. By sharing my full, unvarnished story, including details of my life and family history I have never before revealed, I hope to provide a voice and safe place for those who have suffered because of their race, class, gender, abuse and trauma," Cox says.