The first black transgender woman to appear on a reality show, VH1's I Want To Work For Diddy, talks about her experience on the show and life since.

Laverne Cox shared her reality series war wounds with, where she related her experience as positive overall, but said the month-long, 24-7 filming was physically and emotionally draining.

“None of us got a good night's sleep,” Cox told Out's Tim Murphy. “I think the most I got at one time was maybe four hours. And I slept less than everyone because of my prep time in the morning. But I can kind of sleep anywhere.”

“I was really in the moment all the time, but there were moments when I was just like, 'Get that fucking camera off me'”

I Want To Work For Diddy pits thirteen contestants for the opportunity to be media mogul Sean 'Diddy' Comb's personal assistant. The reality series takes its cues from NBC's highly successful show The Apprentice where billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump searches for fresh talent to help him manage his companies. The twist in Work is the fact that Diddy is offering a hip-hop empire, not Park Avenue penthouses.

Cox says the show has increased her celebrity profile: “I've been getting recognized [since the show aired] a lot and people will call out my name, which is weird. I pretty much get noticed anyway because I'm a tall black transgendered woman, but now people are yelling out, 'Laverne'.”

A day job performing at a New York City Lucky Cheng's – the Chinese restaurant chain notorious for its campy, gender-bending reviews – helped her on the show when people wanted her to be a hot tranny mess. “There's something about being a clown a little bit, that's part of my job as performer. I think you can be a clown at times and still be intelligent and effective and complicated.”

Cox says she's back at work at Lucky Cheng's while she continues searching for her big acting break.