Orange is the New Black (OITNB) star Laverne Cox is in love with her boyfriend of eight months whom she admitted she met on Tinder.
In an interview, the 45-year-old actress said she went back on Tinder after the breakup with her previous boyfriend to stay "in the game."
"Honestly, I'm a Tinder girl. When I broke up with my ex, I went back on Tinder, because I feel like if you want to date, you have to be in the apps. You have to be on the apps to be in the game," Cox said.
Cox, who came out as a transgender, said that men on Tinder did not initially recognize her. She added that finding a date on Tinder entails some risks. Good thing though, she said, her screening skills came in handy.
"I'm really good at screening. I've been Internet dating for a very long time," Cox further confessed.
Playing It Cool
Since the critically-acclaimed actress is opening herself up to love, she said she did not put much effort into the first date with her mystery boyfriend.
"But I'm not putting effort into a guy that I don't know yet," Cox shared. On the first meeting, she said she wore no makeup and went on with jean shorts.
Cox said she is surprised that the relationship is going smoothly so far.
"I'm in love. It's incredible, it really is. It's like love is so incredibly healing," Cox gushed.
Cox, who won a back-to-back Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance for her role in OITNB, is also happy that her mom had met the guy and that she liked him.
On Being A Transgender
Coming out as a transgender has cautioned Cox from dating because she said that not all men understand her needs. In an interview with Cosmopolitan South Africa, Cox shared her experiences being a black transgender woman in some of her previous relationships.
"As a black transgender woman, I've often been kept a secret by the men that I've dated," Cox admitted.
Cox is the first transgender woman to land a cover in Cosmopolitan magazine, which was released in the February 2018 issue. The theme of the issue, #SayYesToLove, resonates with Cox as she is known for her LGBT rights advocacies.
"I am so honored and proud to cover the February issue of @cosmopolitansa," Cox captioned her photo on Instagram.
Following her appearance on Cosmo South Africa, fans are plotting a petition to make a transgender Barbie doll inspired by Cox's appearance.