NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The new court drama “Doubt,” starring Katherine Heigl and Elliot Gould, premieres Wednesday night on CBS at 10 p.m.
Ahead of the debut, CBS2’s Dana Tyler sat down with yet another of the show’s big stars, Laverne Cox, who’s not only embarking on a new role, she may be making television history in the process.
“It feels like it’s been such a long time coming,” she told Tyler.
Two years ago, Cox auditioned for the role of attorney Cameron Wirth. As one of the first transgender actresses to play a series-regular role as a transgender character, she’s breaking broadcasting ground.
Her big break came portraying an inmate in the Netflix series “Orange Is The New Black.”
“Cameron is very, very different from Sophia,” Cox said.
In her new role, she plays an attorney who’s very dedicated to her often troubled clients.
The show centers around the lawyers at a boutique law firm, also including Heigl and Dule Hill, who are not only balancing their clients’ dramas, but many of their own as well.
“The writers on ‘Doubt’ have created some beautiful story lines,” Cox said.
Some of those beautiful story lines, she said, have even been based on her own love life.
“It was really intense and beautiful and wonderful to get to play these scenes that I’ve lived in real life,” Cox said.
And even more rewarding, sharing those personal stories with viewers.
“I hope everyone across American and the world will watch and laugh and cry, and hopefully be inspired to think critically about our justice system,” she said.
“Doubt” is set in New York City, and Cox said the producers really wanted the show to look like how New York feels, with a lot of diversity and energy.
Cox grew up in Mobile, Alabama, but she’s a New Yorker. She went to Marymount Manhattan College, lives here part time and has a twin brother who lives in Brooklyn.
You can tune in to the premiere of “Doubt” on CBS at 10 p.m., followed by CBS2 News At 11.