Entertainment TV 'Orange Is the New Black' 's Laverne Cox Opens Up About Her Childhood: 'I Was Bullied a Lot as a Kid, and I Always Ran from the Bullies' "I'm a lover not a fighter," says Cox By Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez is the Editor in Chief/General Manager of Entertainment Weekly. Formerly at People magazine and The A.V. Club, the Critics Choice and Television Critics Association member has appeared on 'Today,' 'Extra!,' 'Access Hollywood,' 'E! News,' 'CNN,' and 'Nightline,' and can be seen frequently on 'Good Morning America.' Follow the Texas Native at @PatrickGomezLA wherever your media is social for all things 'For All Mankind' 'Top Chef,' and puppy related. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 17, 2016 01:50 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: John Salangsang/BFA/REX/Shutterstock When Laverne Cox got the script for her pivotal season 3 episode of Orange is the New Black, the actress was speechless. “When I read [my character] Sophia’s assault in her own salon, that brought me to tears,” Cox says of in a video exclusive to PEOPLE. Cox – who will become the first transgender person to play a transgender series regular role on broadcast television when CBS’s Doubt premieres in the fall – admits she had some hesitations about filming the scene. “I’m a lover not a fighter. I was bullied a lot as a kid, and I always ran from the bullies,” she says. “A lot of that came back when I was in that scene and our director … wanted me to be strong and sort of this defiant person and that’s not really who I am. I run.” Warning: There is some NSFW language used in the video below. “Violence against trans people is such a huge issue in our culture, and I was concerned about the trans people watching our show … being triggered by that,” adds Cox, who will star in Fox’s remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in the fall. “But I thought it was a very important story to tell – and tell truthfully.” Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black is available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Season 4 of the Netflix show will begin streaming June 17.