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Laverne Cox hopes to inspire trans actors

Laverne Cox hopes her Emmy nomination will inspire TV workers to hire more transgender actors.

The star plays Sophia Burset in the prison drama, and has garnered an Emmy nomination at this year's awards show.

The industry recognition marks the first time an openly transgender actress has been nominated for the prestigious TV award.

"Oh my gosh. I've been thinking a lot about that today, and the history of that moment, and I hope that it inspires a lot of other trans actors to pursue their dreams and know that their dreams are possible," Laverne gushed to ET online.

"And also inspire people in the industry to think that you can actually cast trans actors to play trans roles, and we might do a pretty good job.

"And maybe you can cast trans folks to play roles that are not, necessarily, trans."

Presenter Brooke Anderson couldn't help but praise the actress and label her a trailblazer, but Laverne remains modest about the situation.

"I think we'll see what happens, but what I do know is so many people have been inspired by this character and inspired by this moment that I am having and so that feels good. I think history will really sort of tell us. I'm too close to it to have any real perspective," she laughed.

The 30-year-old has helped the show, which stars Taylor Schilling as lead character Piper Chapman, scoop a total of nine Emmy nominations.

The ceremony takes place on August 25, with Laverne looking forward to the possibility of going home with gold.

"It's completely a dream come true. And so now a lot of my dreams have come true, and I have to set new goals, and I already have. I'm very ambitious," she smiled.

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