Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969) 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).
|Born||April 25, 1969|
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
(m. 2002; div. 2018)
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.
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. 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. Torres speaks Spanish.
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. She chose instead to pursue her dream of being a performer.
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).
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.
She is also known for her role in Fox's short-lived Firefly series, which lasted only one season. She reprised her Firefly role as Zoe in the film Serenity (2005). 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. Torres appeared in the film I Think I Love My Wife, playing the wife of Chris Rock's character.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Torres and Laurence Fishburne were engaged in February 2001, and married on September 22, 2002, at The Cloisters museum in New York City. They have one child, a daughter born in 2007. 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.
In September 2017, Torres announced her separation from Fishburne. Fishburne filed for divorce on November 2, 2017, and the divorce was finalized effective May 11, 2018, after Torres and Fishburne reached a final settlement on April 16, 2018.
|1996||Bed of Roses||Francine|
|2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Cas|
|2003||The Matrix Revolutions|
|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|
|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||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|
|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|
|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|
|2005||The Matrix Online||Niobe|
|2011||DC Universe Online||Wonder Woman|
|2012||Transformers: Prime – The Game||Airachnid|
|2012||Lichdom: Battlemage||12 Age Dragon|
|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|
|1993||Face Value||Marci Williams||Cort Theatre|
|1994||The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public||Terri Clark||Lunt-Fontanne Theatre|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2001||ALMA Awards||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series||Cleopatra 2525||Won|||
|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|
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- "Destiny - End Credits". IGN. September 11, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014 – via www.ign.com.
- "Gina Torres – Awards – IMDb". Retrieved May 4, 2020.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gina Torres.|
- Official website
- Gina Torres on IMDb
- Gina Torres at the Internet Broadway Database
- Gina Torres at the Internet Theatre Database
- Morales, Wilson (August 2005). "Serenity: An Interview with Gina Torres". Black Film.