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‘Orange Is the New Black’ season 6 ‘challenging’ for Laverne Cox

Cox promises we’ll see more of her character in season 6.

"Orange Is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox teased what's to come for her character on season 6. Photo Credit: Netflix / Jojo Whilden

It’s going to be a “challenging” season for Litchfield’s favorite hairstylist.

Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset on Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” says the much-anticipated sixth season of the prison-set series will offer some demanding scenes for her character.

“I got some scripts that I really was so excited about and some scenes that were really challenging for me and that made me just so happy to get to prepare,” she says. “When I have the time and can make the time to really prepare as an actor, that is just the best thing in the world for me . . . I’ve been with Sophia for a very long time, but when I just get to really prepare in various ways . . . I really, really love the process.

“So, I got some wonderfully challenging things that required me to do that this year,” she adds.

Cox only appeared in a few episodes in season five, getting herself purposely sent to the SHU (a separate security housing unit) so she could check on her friend Sister Jane Ingalls (Beth Fowler) as a prison riot raged. But Cox assures us she’s back for the sixth season, which just wrapped filming and doesn’t yet have a release date.

Cox notes she wasn’t on the show much last season because she was under other contractual obligations, including one with CBS — she was on the network’s show “Doubt,” which was canceled after only a couple of episodes.

“I am in the new season,” Cox promises, but notes: “You know, I never can tell you how much I’m in the new season.”

The fifth season ended on a serious cliffhanger (as usual), with the women being transported from Litchfield — seemingly to be sent to separate prisons.

“OITNB” has been renewed through its seventh season.


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