EXCLUSIVE: Laverne Cox Opens Up About 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' Remake: 'I Put Everything I Had Into This'
By Emily Krauser
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Laverne Cox looked incredible at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, and there was a pretty good reason she was glowing. Not only has she gotten glowing reviews for her turn on Orange Is the New Black and advocacy for the LGBTQ community, she's also been hard at work on the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake.
"This year has been me really trying to enjoy these moments," she told ET at the Las Vegas award show. "Four years ago, I was barely paying my rent, in eviction court, and now I'm at the Billboard Awards?! This won't last forever, so I’m really trying to enjoy it."
Rocky Horror finished filming just a few weeks ago, and the teaser has already dropped, sending fans into a frenzy over the new iteration of the cult hit. Cox can understand why, seeing as she "had the time of my life" playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter.
"What's so exciting about being in this music show, is that the music, the soundtrack for Rocky Horror Picture Show is so incredible and so timeless, and I just have new respect for recording artists," she said.
The 31-year-old actress hopes that people are kind to her, as the new Rocky Horrormarks her singing debut.
"People can be very… challenging and critical, but I put everything I had into this," Cox explained. "I gave 250 percent, and I hope people like what we came up with."
"Rocky Horror is sacred to people," she added. "It's the longest-running movie in theater history, in movie history. For 41 years, people have been going to midnight showings and dressing up, and there's been shadow casts all over the world. It means so much to so many people."
There's one person who may be even more excited than Cox for her appearance in the TV reboot: president of the Rocky Horror Fan Club, Sal Piro, who's run the club for 40 years.
"He met me and he said, 'I'm so excited. I think you're absolutely the perfect person to do this,'" Cox revealed. "We met some other people who do shadow cast in Philadelphia. Actually, they were on set and they some saw footage, and they were really excited. So, hardcore Rocky fans seem to be on board with this, and that means the world to me."
If you've got those die-hards on your side, there's really nothing you can't do!
Earlier this year, Cox told ET that the original Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Tim Curry, also had her back.
"He wants me to do my own thing with it... We sort of talked about what he was thinking when he did it, and we talked about his intentions with certain moments," she said in February of their meetings.
Rocky Horror Picture Show will air on Fox in the fall.