Laverne Cox has shared her hilarious reaction to a fan thinking she was Beyoncé when she attended the US Open to support Serena Williams.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, the 50-year-old shared a screenshot of a tweet showing her cheering in the stands at the tournament. At the event, she could also be seen in an all-black outfit and wearing a black face mask.
Fans mistakenly addressed Cox as Beyoncé, prompting a wide range of responses on Twitter, including one from Orange is the new black star yourself.
“Not being mistaken for @Beyonce at the #USOpen tonight and then trending on Twitter as the internet cackles over the mistaken identity,” she wrote on Instagram as she shared screenshots from Twitter of fans’ reactions to the mistake. “These tweets are funny as hell. Enjoy!!!Go @serenawilliams.”
While several people corrected Twitter users @Choni_who shared the first tweet, they also noted how his mistake could be seen as a compliment.
“Baby this is Laverne Cox,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Second biggest winner tonight: Laverne Cox who was mistaken for Beyonce all night. Which is a career high for literally anyone,” another person wrote.
A third person in the comments of Cox’s Instagram post added: “You DESERVE! You had [the] the essence of the queen that shines behind the mask.”
On Twitter, @Choni_ acknowledged her celebrity mix-up and also found humor in the situation, writing: “I’m starting to think my mix-up of @Lavernecox and @Beyonce at #USopen [may] actually be ok … I give it twenty four hours to see. I think that might actually be a compliment.”
The Invents Anna star has shared several responses regarding the incident on Twitter, including one to someone who was quite confused about whether it was Beyoncé or Cox at the tennis tournament. In her tweet, Cox wrote: “Girl that was me. LOL.”
In her other posts, Cox showed her support for Williams, as she advanced to the second round of the US Open. On Monday night, the Grand Slam champion won the event six times, in the first match of her farewell tour.
Earlier this month, Williams announced his upcoming retirement in an essay published by Voguewhere she said she “evolved away” from tennis and focused on different things, including being a mother to her four-year-old daughter, Olympia, who she shares with husband Alexis Ohanian.
“I am here to tell you that I am evolving away from tennis, towards other things that are important to me,” she wrote. “My God, I enjoy tennis. But now the countdown has begun. I have to focus on being a mother, my spiritual goals and finally discovering a different, but just exciting Serena.”