The 29-year-old actress told People Now that Cox’s vital role in the transgender community has helped her understand better her cousin, who is also transgender.
"I have a family member who is transgender and I didn't understand a lot," Cruz told People Now. "Getting to talk to Laverne, seeing her story on the show, seeing her real story, helped me understand a lot about my cousin."
Since Orange Is the New Black premiered, Cox has used her to raise awareness and educate the public about the transgender community. Cruz agrees that Cox’s activism has not only impacted her own life, but has touched others as well.
“I just feel like we have such a powerful platform right now. People are actually listening to what we're saying," said Cruz. "She's actually changed my way of thinking."