Laverne Cox has credited Beyoncé for showing her the value of hard work in the entertainment industry.
The Orange is the New Black actress said she looks up to Queen Bey and praised her for her amazing work ethic.
“Beyonce represents excellence. Her work ethic is like nobody else I’ve ever seen,” she told Cosmopolitan magazine.
“There were so many moments when I was shooting Rocky Horror and I’d be exhausted. My body would be hurting and I’d be like, ‘Beyonce. Beyonce does this.’ You have to just put in the work.”
During a photoshoot that paid tribute to her idols, Cox also showed her admiration for life and music of Tina Turner.
“The pain, pleasure, and agony of all she’s been through is in her voice,” she said. “Her story is the story of so many black women who’ve endured abuse and come out the other side in such a brilliant, beautiful way.”
She added that she feels that she herself still has a lot to prove, but she looks back at how far she has come with great perspective.
“It’s wild that I’m a black transgender woman who was born in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother, and my life has gotten much bigger than I ever could have imagined,” the 32-year-old said. “Being able to have a career as an actress, being a black woman and being trans, I have stuff to prove.”
“There is power in accepting and owning my story,” she added. “I fully embraced and accepted being trans and stopped looking at it as a deficit and started looking at it as something that made me special and unique.
“All of those things that might be flaws, that we think are flaws, I believe our power is there.”