The 50-year-old “Inventing Anna” star was seated in the stands at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, wearing a face mask. That paired with a black sheer top, brown leather pants, and hoop earrings made several people mistake Laverne for Beyoncé online and in broadcasts from the match.
Coincidentally, Laverne shared a video of herself getting ready set to Beyoncé’s song “PURE/HONEY,” ahead of the match. Once the comparisons were made, the Emmy-nominated actress gushed about the moment online.
“Not me getting mistaken for @Beyonce at the #USOpen tonight then trending on Twitter as the internet cackles over the mistaken identity. These tweets are funny as hell. Enjoy!!!” Laverne wrote on Instagram alongside a video of herself in the stands. “Go @serenawilliams #GOAT #SerenaWilliams #Beyonce.”
Laverne also responded to several tweets about the mixup. See the funniest reactions below:
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) August 30, 2022
Laverne Cox right now pic.twitter.com/bTZeUWfIBV
— Abuela’s Umbrella (@JasmeanMachine) August 30, 2022
I know you’ve received a lot of accolades, but surely being mistaken for Beyoncé is up there!!
— Michael John (@bowtiedbeyonce) August 30, 2022
I’m weak at y’all thinking Laverne Cox was Beyoncè lmao I know Laverne is going to love that lmao
— THIQUE (@auntieashh) August 30, 2022
I know Laverne Cox is cocky as hell right now 🤣🤣🤣 and should be cuz if I got mistaken for Beyonce on national television I would never shut up
— Noelle Silva Stan Account (@amarihatescake) August 30, 2022
Laverne Cox being mistaken for Beyoncé is giving me life 😆❤️
— Autistic Tennis Fan (@AutisticTennis) August 30, 2022
So Laverne Cox & Beyoncé need to go ahead and do a beautiful liar remix video becauseeeee
— Kris (@kingkrisxxi) August 30, 2022
This isn’t the first link between Beyonce and Laverne. In a 2016 episode of “Lip Sync Battle”, the “Orange Is the New Black” star channeled her inner Beyoncé in a tribute to the pop star’s Super Bowl Halftime show and received flowers and a personalized note from Queen Bey as a result.
“Thank you Beyonce for such a thoughtful gesture. You didn’t have to but it means so much that you did. I am so happy you enjoyed the#LipSyncBattle tribute to Destiny’s Child. You know I live for everything you do. EVERYTHING!! Thank you, thank you thank you!!!!” Laverne wrote at the time.
In 2020, Laverne told ET, “Everybody knows that live for Beyoncé. I try not to worship gods on earth or goddesses, but I worship Beyoncé.”