Gina Torres

Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969)[1] is an American film and television actress. She is best known for her starring roles as Zoe Washburne in the Fox science fiction series Firefly (2002–2003) and its feature film sequel Serenity (2005), and as Jessica Pearson in the USA Network legal drama series Suits (2011–2018) and its spin-off series Pearson (2019).[2]

Gina Torres
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Born (1969-04-25) April 25, 1969 (age 51)
OccupationActress
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2002; div. 2018)
Children1

Torres appeared in the science fiction films The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003), the drama film Jam (2006), the romantic comedy film I Think I Love My Wife (2007), the independent drama film South of Pico (2007), the drama The Vampire Diaries (2009), and the drama film Selah and the Spades (2019).

Throughout her acting career, Torres has appeared in supporting roles in numerous television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Cleopatra 2525, Alias, Angel, 24, The Shield, Gossip Girl, Hannibal, Revenge, and Westworld.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Torres was born at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan, the youngest of three children. Her family lived briefly in Washington Heights before moving to The Bronx.[1] Her parents, Richard and Rebecca, were natives of Cuba, and her father worked as a typesetter for La Prensa and The New York Daily News.[4] Torres speaks Spanish.[5]

Torres, a mezzo-soprano, began singing at an early age and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. She also trained in opera and jazz and performed in a gospel choir. Torres applied and was accepted to several colleges but could not afford to attend.[6] She chose instead to pursue her dream of being a performer.[1]

CareerEdit

In 2001, Torres won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series for her role in Cleopatra 2525.[7]

In 2004, Torres was nominated for the International Press Academy's Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Drama, for her role as Jasmine in Angel. Her film appearances have included The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).[1]

In 2004, Torres appeared in seven episodes of the third season on 24 as Julia Milliken, a woman who has an affair with the White House Chief of Staff and becomes involved in a presidential scandal. In 2005, she was tapped for the pilot episode of Soccer Moms. Also in 2005, she voiced the character of Vixen in numerous episodes of the animated series Justice League Unlimited and replaced the voice-over of Jada Pinkett Smith's character Niobe in The Matrix Online.

 
Torres in 2008

She is also known for her role in Fox's short-lived Firefly series, which lasted only one season.[8] She reprised her Firefly role as Zoe in the film Serenity (2005).[1] In 2006, Torres began her role as Cheryl Carrera in the short-lived drama series Standoff on the FOX network. Her character is the Supervisory Special Agent in Charge for Crisis Negotiation Unit, FBI Los Angeles.[9] Torres appeared in the film I Think I Love My Wife, playing the wife of Chris Rock's character.[10]

She was cast in Washington Field, a 2009 CBS television pilot from executive Producer Edward Allen Bernero, about the National Capital Response Squad, a unit of the FBI made up of elite experts in different areas who travel around the world, responding to events that affect American interests.[11]

She was the voice of Wonder Woman in DC Universe Online MMORPG[12] until mid 2013 when the part was recast,[13][14] as well as Arachnid in the Transformers Prime cartoon.[12]

In 2013, Torres was reunited with fellow Firefly costar, Nathan Fillion, in an episode of Fillion's television show, Castle.[15]

In 2011, Torres was cast as main character Jessica Pearson on the USA Network legal drama Suits. In 2016, it was announced that Torres would be leaving the cast of Suits following the summer segment of season six. In addition to her contract being up, Torres stated she had grown tired of traveling between Toronto, where Suits is filmed, and her home in Los Angeles. She joined the season two cast of ABC's The Catch, which was filmed in L.A.[16] Torres returned to Suits for the season six finale, which aired on March 1, 2017. Following ABC's cancellation of The Catch in May 2017, Torres has returned to Suits as a recurring cast member in season seven.

Torres plays the role of CAPCOM in the updated version of Walt Disney World's Mission: Space.

In March 2018, it was announced Torres would executive produce and star in Pearson, a Suits spin-off centered around her character, Jessica Pearson.[17]

It was announced on March 2, 2020 that Torres has been cast to portray Cleo Phillips in the drama pilot The Brides, which is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, but the series was not picked up by ABC.[18]

On September 3, 2020, she was cast as Tommy Vega in the Fox drama series 9-1-1: Lone Star.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Torres and Laurence Fishburne were engaged in February 2001, and married on September 22, 2002,[20] at The Cloisters museum in New York City.[21] They have one child, a daughter born in 2007.[22] Torres is also the stepmother to Fishburne's two children, from his previous marriage to actress Hajna O. Moss: a son, Langston, born in 1987, and a daughter, Montana, born in 1991. They played a married couple on the show Hannibal.[3]

In September 2017, Torres announced her separation from Fishburne.[23] Fishburne filed for divorce on November 2, 2017,[24] and the divorce was finalized effective May 11, 2018, after Torres and Fishburne reached a final settlement on April 16, 2018.[25]

On January 1, 2020, Torres was a Grand Marshal of the 2020 Rose Parade.[26]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bed of Roses Francine
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Cas
2003 The Matrix Revolutions
2004 Hair Show Marcella
2005 Fair Game Stacey
2005 Serenity Zoe Washburne
2006 Jam Lilac
2006 Five Fingers Aicha
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Brenda Cooper
2007 South of Pico Carla Silva
2009 Don't Let Me Drown Diana
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Superwoman (voice) Direct-to-video
2013 Mr. Sophistication Janice Waters
2019 Selah and the Spades Maybelle Summers
2019 Dispel Celeste Skygoode Short film[27]

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Unnatural Pursuits Silken Episode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"
1992–1995 Law & Order Laura Elkin / Charlene 2 episodes
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Dr. Amy Ellis Television film
1995–1996 One Life to Live Magdalena / Nell 17 episodes
1996 Dark Angel LaMayne Television film
1997 Profiler Michelle Brubaker Episode: "FTX: Field Training Exercise"
1997 The Gregory Hines Show Jeanette Episode: "Flirting with Disaster"
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Cleopatra Episode: "The King of Assassins"
1997–1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Nebula / Beth Hymson 9 episodes
1998 La Femme Nikita Jenna Vogler Episode: "Open Heart"
2000–2001 Cleopatra 2525 Helen "Hel" Carter Main role; 28 episodes
2001–2006 Alias Anna Espinosa 6 episodes
2001–2002 Any Day Now Stacy Trenton 7 episodes
2002–2003 Firefly Zoe Washburne Main role; 14 episodes
2003 The Agency Dacia Banga Episode: "Absolute Bastard"
2003 Angel Jasmine 5 episodes
2003 The Law and Mr. Lee Vicki Lee Television film
2003 The Guardian Sadie Harper 2 episodes
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Warden Hutton Episode: "XX"
2004 24 Julia Milliken 7 episodes
2004 Gramercy Park Mrs. Hammond Television film
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Vixen / Mari McCabe (voice) 5 episodes
2005 Soccer Moms Jamie Cane Television film
2006 The Shield Sadie Kavanaugh 2 episodes
2006 Without a Trace Tyra Hughes Episode: "More Than This"
2006–2007 Standoff Cheryl Carrera Main role; 18 episodes
2007–2009 Dirty Sexy Money Princess Ama 2 episodes
2008 Boston Legal A.D.A. Mary Franklin Episode: "The Gods Must Be Crazy"
2008 Bones Dr. Toni Ezralow Episode: "The Bone That Blew"
2008 Criminal Minds Det. Thea Salinas Episode: "Normal"
2008–2009 Eli Stone Attorney Miller 2 episodes
2009 The Unit Sgt. Natasha Andrews Episode: "Best Laid Plans"
2009 Applause for Miss E Maggie Television film
2009 Pushing Daisies Lila Robinson Episode: "Water & Power"
2009 Drop Dead Diva Diana Hall Episode: "Make Me a Match"
2009 FlashForward Felicia Wedeck 2 episodes
2009 Washington Field SA Jackie Palmer Television film
2009 Gossip Girl Gabriela Abrams 2 episodes
2010 The Vampire Diaries Bree Episode: "Bloodlines"
2010 The Boondocks Ebony Brown (voice) Episode: "Lovely Ebony Brown"
2010 Huge Dorothy Rand Main role; 10 episodes
2011–2013 Transformers: Prime Airachnid (voice) 12 episodes
2011–2018 Suits Jessica Pearson Main role; 94 episodes
2013 Castle Penelope Foster Episode: "Reality Star Struck"
2013–2015 Hannibal Phyllis "Bella" Crawford 5 episodes
2015 Con Man Grace Episode: "Voiced Over"
2015 Revenge Natalie Waters 3 episodes
2015–2018 Star Wars Rebels Ketsu Onyo (voice) 4 episodes
2016 The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez Eva Sofia Valdez Television film
2016–2020 Westworld Lauren 4 episodes
2017 The Catch Justine Diaz 10 episodes
2017 Level Up Norge Ikora Rey (voice) Episode: "Level Update #45"
2017 Claws Sally Bates Episode: "Fallout"
2017 Star Wars Forces of Destiny Ketsu Onyo (voice) 2 episodes
2018 Final Space Various voices 7 episodes
2018 Angie Tribeca Gillian Kayhill Episode: "Behind the Scandalabra"
2019 A Black Lady Sketch Show CIA Supervisor Episode: "Angela Basset Is the Baddest Bitch"
2019 Pearson Jessica Pearson Main role; 10 episodes[28][29]
2019 Tangled: The Series Queen of Ingvarr (voice) Episode: "Beginnings"
2019–2020 Elena of Avalor Chatana (voice) 2 episodes
2019 Riverdale Mrs. Burble Episode: "Chapter Sixty-Five: In Treatment"
2020 The Brides Cleo Phillips Main role, Unsold TV pilot
2020 9-1-1: Lone Star Tommy Vega Main role

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2005 The Matrix Online Niobe
2011 DC Universe Online Wonder Woman
2012 Transformers: Prime – The Game Airachnid
2012 Lichdom: Battlemage 12 Age Dragon
2014 Destiny Ikora Rey[30]
2015 Destiny: The Taken King
2017 Destiny 2 Ikora Rey / Warlock Vanguard
2018 Destiny 2: Forsaken
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains Superwoman
2019 Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Ikora Rey / Warlock Vanguard

TheatreEdit

Year Title Role Venue
1993 Face Value Marci Williams Cort Theatre
1994 The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public Terri Clark Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2001 ALMA Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series Cleopatra 2525 Won [31]
2004 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Drama Series Angel Nominated
2012 ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress in a Supporting Role Suits Nominated
2013 Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television Nominated
2014 Saturn Awards Best Guest Starring Role on Television Hannibal Nominated
2017 Imagen Awards Best Supporting Actress – Television Suits Nominated
2018 Won

ReferencesEdit

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