Laverne Cox is at the top of her game!
In addition to having a starring breakout role on the popular Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, she is also the first transgender woman to cover Time magazine.
Needless to say, the 30-year-old actress is living life to the fullest and bringing her dreams to fruition.
Now, she’s become an advocate for transgender youth who struggle with their identity just like she did.
Cox, who recently spent time promoting her MTV documentary The T Word, sat down for an interview with E! News. She opened up about one fan she recently met who deeply impacted her life.
“I was in Virginia earlier this week and I met this amazing young man. He’s 16 years old, his name is Andrew, and he came to my talk and we got to meet and do a photo afterwards, and he gave this letter and I read the letter afterwards and I was just bawling,” she shared.
“And he talked about sort of having been depressed, he’s come out as trans, his family’s been really supportive, but he’s just been so depressed going to school.”
She continued, “And apparently he found out I was coming to Richmond and everyone just told me that he just perked up immediately and got really excited.”
She went on to share her sentiments of her adoring fans.
“It’s pretty awesome,” she said. “I’m just a person who’s trying to live my dreams. I’m very lucky to be living the American dream right now when so many of my trans siblings are not so lucky. And just that he would be inspired just that I was coming—that would change his mood, and give him hope and a sense of inspiration. It’s a lot of responsibility, but I thank you.”