Meet Iain Thomas, the 36-year-old South African poet who is famous all over the world except in SA

Trevor Noah has pulled out at the last minute from hosting the MAMAs 2016, due to 'a severe upper respiratory infection'

Laverne Cox: I'm an actress before an activist

2015-05-22 17:00

Los Angeles - Laverne Cox will always put acting first.

The Orange Is The New Black star - who is an advocate for the LGBT community - has confessed she prioritises her career over her beliefs because she "loves" being an artist.

Speaking at a screening of the Netlfix series in Hollywood on Wednesday, she said: "The work of being an artist is about ... it's not about being politically correct.

"It's not always about making people happy. It's not about always being careful what you say, and I love that space of being an artist, and that is what I always prioritise."

The 30-year-old star added she has struggled to adapt since finding fame on the show and still isn't used to the platform it has given her to express her views.

She said: "I'm learning. ... At the end of the day, I understand that I'm just a storyteller. Even in my advocacy, I'm really telling stories."

Meanwhile, the raven-haired beauty has been very vocal in supporting reality TV star Bruce Jenner's decision to come out as transgender in recent weeks.

Following the revelation that he had started transitioning into a woman, Laverne admitted she thinks his actions will have helped save lives.

She said: "People's lives will be saved. People will be helped by this."

Read more on:    laverne cox  |  celebrities
NEXT ON CHANNEL24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent Gossip

Shailene Woodley has written an essay detailing her arrest for trespassing and what people can do to help protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch's wife Sophie Hunter, who already has 16-month-old son Christopher together, is pregnant with their second child. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.