Xosha Roquemore Previews Laverne Cox Playing Cousin Sheena on ‘The Mindy Project’ Tonight!

Tamra (Xosha Roquemore, l) brings in cousin Sheena (Laverne Cox) to help Mindy. (Fox)

Fox’s hit sitcom The Mindy Projectis one of the best television series around that knows how to use a guest star well and tonight’s episode is no different.

We’ve heard mention of Tamra’s cousin Sheena many times on the series but tonight we finally get to meet her and she’s played by none other than “Orange Is The New Black” star/activist Laverne Cox.

In the episode, a pregnany Mindy (Mindy Kaling) is feeling self conscious about her changing appearance so Tamra (Xosha Roquemore) brings in Sheena to help get Mindy back her confidence.

Roquemore gave me a preview of what we’ll see in the episode, how it was working with Cox and what the future holds for Tamra through the rest of the season.

What was your reaction when you heard Laverne Cox would play Sheena? 

Xosha Roquemore: I was excited! I’m a big fan of “OITNB” so I was geeked to work with her.

We’ve heard Tamra mention her over the years – will the audience be surprised by what we see or has Tamra painted an accurate picture?

XR: I think Tamra has painted a pretty spot on picture of cousin Sheena. She’s fabulous, gorgeous and confident.

Can Sheena help Mindy feel good about her appearance? (l-r, Cox, Roquemore and Mindy Kaling) (Fox)

I see Sheena is an aspiring personal stylist. Does that means she knows her stuff or maybe isn't the best at giving style advices?

XR: She def knows her stuff!  She even has a complete costume change in the middle of a scene. All that said, she may not have the best fashion advice for a pregnant Mindy Lahiri, but she does her best to make her feel confident.

Does Mindy take to the style advice well? We know she can be a little sensitive about her appearance!

XR: Mindy takes the advice. By the time Sheena is in the equation Mindy has hit fashion rock bottom and is willing to try anything.

Now we all know Laverne is trans. Safe to say Sheena is, too? Is there a reaction of any kind to that in the episode or is that not a part of the story?

XR: There’s one moment that alludes to Sheena being trans, but that’s about it. It’s not really a part of the storyline.

How was it to work with Laverne?

XR: Laverne and I had a great time! We got to do some really funny stuff and improvise. And since Laverne is tall, I was able to wear higher heels than usual and have some fun voluminous hairstyles. It’s like when Sheena is around Tamra brings out her A-game, style wise.

What’s up with Tamra the rest of the season?

XR: You never know what’s up with Tamra’s ass, she’s so unpredictable and random. I love it! After she and Sheena help Mindy out, she’s back to her usual antics. There is a possibility of Morgan and Tamra getting back together at the end of the season, which would be VERY exciting.

What would your fans be surprised to know about you? Any hidden skills or talents we don't know about?

XR: Hmmmmmm I’m such an open book, not much is hidden. I have a massive bird phobia, I love to rap, I’m pescetarian, a health food aficionado, astrology nut and I’m equally as confident as I am sensitive.

“The Mindy Project” airs Tuesdays at 9:30pm on Fox. 

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