Laverne Cox Is Coming to The Mindy Project, and It's Going to Be Amazing

OITNB star will help Mindy Kaling's character

By Chris Harnick Feb 04, 2015 10:14 PMTags
Laverne Cox, Mindy KalingGilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic, John P. Fleenor/FOX

Mindy Lahiri, Laverne Cox is coming to save you! E! News has learned exclusively that the Emmy nominee and star of Orange Is the New Black will guest star in an upcoming episode of Fox's The Mindy Project.

Cox will play a cousin of Tamra (Xosha Roquemore) who helps Mindy Kaling's character get her confidence back. We can only hope the episode is titled "How Mindy Got Her Groove Back." Wonder if the crisis of confidence has to do with the character's latest revelation that she's…SPOILER ALERT...


Cox was nominated for an Emmy for Netflix's Orange Is the New Black where she plays Sophia Burset. Her other TV credits include Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce, Faking It, Law & Order and Bored to Death. Orange Is the New Black will return for a third season later in 2015.

Other guest stars on The Mindy Project this season include Ana Gasteyer, Julia Stiles, Ken Burns, Lee Pace, Allison Tolman, Shonda Rhimes (yes, that Shonda!), Yeardley Smith, Chrissy Teigen and Rhea Perlman.

And there's another star coming.

"We have a guest star coming up this spring that I think is the single biggest, most exciting guest star we've ever had and I can't say who it is," Kaling tells E! Online. The star is so big, Kaling couldn't even offer a hint. "No, I can't! But I'm really, really excited about it."

The Mindy Project airs Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m. on Fox.