Laverne Cox calls Whoopi Goldberg an 'inspiration as an actor'

Thu. July 24, 2014 8:20 AM by

Actress Laverne Cox has called Whoopi Goldberg an "inspiration as an actor."

Earlier this month, Cox, who plays a transgender character on Netflix's hit comedy Orange is the New Black, made history as the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy Award.

Appearing on ABC's The View, she told Goldberg that she loves her.

"You've been a huge inspiration to me as an actor. Ten years ago when I was studying with my acting mentor Susan Batson ...I was sort of frustrated with, like, you know, I don't look like anybody else, and she would say, 'Whoopi didn't look like anybody else but the talent, the intelligence, and the humor got her there.'"

"And so, if Whoopi can do it, anybody can do it," Cox added.

In ending the segment, Goldberg told Cox to "kick that career's butt, because you've got what everybody needs."

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