Laverne Cox has revealed the one concern she had about stepping into Dr Frank-N-Furter’s fabulous high heels.
Aside from having to do justice to the beloved role made iconic by Tim Curry, the actress has revealed that her only major worry when joining the Rocky Horror reboot was performing Sweet Transvestite.
Speaking to reporters at Variety’s Power Of Women Luncheon, Laverne said: “That was the only apprehension I really had about doing the film was the term transvestite.
“I’ve been telling people, ‘Please do not go up to a transgender person in 2016 and call them a transvestite, that is an antiquated term.’ But in 1975 when Rocky Horror Picture Show came out transvestite meant a very different thing.
“We don’t use that term anymore, but in the historical context of Rocky Horror it’s appropriate you don’t change the words to an iconic song.”
Laverne will be starring alongside Disney star Ryan McCartan as Brad, Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice as Janet, Tim Curry as the Criminologist Narrator, and Adam Lambert as ex-delivery boy Eddie.
Taking on the role of the hunky titular star Rocky is model and singer Staz Nair, whose jawline and muscles are more than suitable for the role – you can check him out in those infamous gold shorts here.
You can listen to Laverne’s take on Sweet Transvestite below.