Laverne Cox on Meeting Caitlyn Jenner for the First Time

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In Caitlyn Jenner’s eloquent ESPY Awards speech, she referred to Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox as a trailblazer. “First of all, I feel way too young to be a trailblazer," Cox joked on the Late Late Show Monday. “Support my delusion!”

All kidding aside, Cox is thrilled that there are different trans experiences being told so publicly. “What I think is so beautiful about this, my visibility and Caitlyn’s visibility, is that diverse representations of trans people in the media are so important,” she told host James Corden. “When I think about transitioning in my 20s as a black transgender woman who was working class and struggling to make it in New York City, it’s completely different than Caitlyn’s very public experience."

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The two women recently met face to face for the first time, after speaking on the phone several times. “She’s such a sweet woman,” Cox said. “Loves her family. Just thinking about the paparazzi life that she has, I don’t want that life. ... there’s no way she could have transitioned privately and I think she’s doing it very eloquently and beautifully publically.” Click the video above to hear Cox give a preview of what to expect on Jenner’s new show, I Am Cait, premiering Sunday, July 26.

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