Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969) is an Cuban-American television and movie actress. She has appeared in many television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, the short-lived Cleopatra 2525, Alias, Firefly, Angel, 24, Suits, The Shield, and Westworld. Currently, she is playing the main character on the new drama TV series, Pearson.
|Born||April 25, 1969|
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
She starred opposite Chris Rock in the feature film I Think I Love My Wife, as Carla in the independent film South of Pico, and she reprised her Firefly role in its feature film sequel Serenity. She and her then-husband Laurence Fishburne played a married couple on the NBC television series Hannibal.
Torres played a main role on the USA Network series Suits as Jessica Pearson for the first seven seasons. She now plays the lead role in the new drama Pearson, a spin-off about Jessica Pearson moving to Chicago and becoming involved in politics.
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 both of multiracial Cuban descent, 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 2001, she won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series for her role in Cleopatra 2525. In 2004, she 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 include The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
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.
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||Field of Roses||Francine|
|2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Cas|
|2003||The Matrix Revolutions||Cas|
|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)||Video|
|2013||Mr. Sophistication||Janice Waters|
|20??||The Hating Game||Helen Pascal||Pre-production|
|1992||Unnatural Pursuits||Silken||Episode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"|
|1992, 1995||Law & Order||Laura Elkin, Charlene||Episodes: "Skin Deep", "Purple Heart"|
|1994||M.A.N.T.I.S.||Dr. Amy Ellis||TV film|
|1995, 1996||One Life to Live||Magdalena, Nell||Recurring role|
|1996||Dark Angel||LaMayne||TV 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||Recurring role (seasons 4–5)|
|1998||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Beth Hymson||Episode: "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Hercules"|
|1998||La Femme Nikita||Jenna Vogler||Episode: "Open Heart"|
|2000–01||Cleopatra 2525||Helen 'Hel' Carter||Main role|
|2001, 2005–06||Alias||Anna Espinosa||Guest role (seasons 1, 4–5)|
|2001–02||Any Day Now||Stacy Trenton||Recurring role (season 4)|
|2002–03||Firefly||Zoe Washburne||Main role|
|2003||The Agency||Dacia Banga||Episode: "Absolute Bastard"|
|2003||Angel||Jasmine||Recurring role (season 4)|
|2003||The Law and Mr. Lee||Vicki Lee||TV film|
|2003||The Guardian||Sadie Harper||Episodes: "Big Coal", "Shame"|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Warden Hutton||Episode: "XX"|
|2004||24||Julia Milliken||Recurring role (season 3)|
|2004||Gramercy Park||Mrs. Hammond||TV film|
|2004–2006||Justice League Unlimited||Vixen / Mari McCabe (voice)||Guest role (seasons 1–3)|
|2005||Soccer Moms||Jamie Cane||TV film|
|2006||The Shield||Sadie Kavanaugh||Episodes: "Kavanaugh", "Of Mice and Lem"|
|2006||Without a Trace||Tyra Hughes||Episode: "More Than This"|
|2006–07||Standoff||Cheryl Carrera||Main role|
|2007, 2009||Dirty Sexy Money||Princess Ama||Episodes: "The Nutcracker", "The Facts"|
|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"|
|2008–09||Eli Stone||Attorney Miller||Episodes: "Grace", "Tailspin"|
|2009||The Unit||Sgt. Natasha Andrews||Episode: "Best Laid Plans"|
|2009||Applause for Miss E||Maggie||TV film|
|2009||Pushing Daisies||Lila Robinson||Episode: "Water & Power"|
|2009||Drop Dead Diva||Diana Hall||Episode: "Make Me a Match"|
|2009||FlashForward||Felicia Wedeck||Episodes: "137 Sekunden", "Gimme Some Truth"|
|2009||Washington Field||SA Jackie Palmer||TV film|
|2009||Gossip Girl||Gabriela Abrams||Episodes: "Enough About Eve", "The Treasure of Serena Madre"|
|2010||The Vampire Diaries||Bree||Episode: "Bloodlines"|
|2010||The Boondocks||Ebony Brown (voice)||Episode: "Lovely Ebony Brown"|
|2010||Huge||Dorothy Rand||Main role|
|2011–2013||Transformers: Prime||Airachnid (voice)||Recurring role (seasons 1–3)|
|2011–2018||Suits||Jessica Pearson||Main role (seasons 1–7)|
|2013||Castle||Penelope Foster||Episode: "Reality Star Struck"|
|2013–2015||Hannibal||Phyllis 'Bella' Crawford||Guest role (seasons 1–3)|
|2015||Revenge||Natalie Waters||Episodes: "Kindred", "Bait", "Retaliation"|
|2015–16, 2018||Star Wars Rebels||Ketsu Onyo (voice)||Episodes: "Blood Sisters", "The Forgotten Droid", "Family Reunion - and Farewell", "A Fool's Hope"|
|2016||The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez||Eva Sofia Valdez||TV film|
|2016, 2018||Westworld||Lauren||Episodes: "The Stray", "The Well-Tempered Clavier", "Les Écorchés"|
|2017||The Catch||Justine Diaz||Recurring role (season 2)|
|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)||Episodes: "Newest Recruit", "Crash Course"|
|2018||Final Space||(voice)||Guest role|
|2018||Angie Tribeca||Gillian Kayhill||Episode: "Behind the Scandalabra"|
|2019||Pearson||Jessica Pearson||Main role|
|2015||Con Man||Grace||Episode: "Voiced Over"|
|2005||The Matrix Online||Niobe|
|2011||DC Universe Online||Wonder Woman|
|2012||Transformers: Prime – The Game||Airachnid|
|2015||Destiny: The Taken King||Ikora Rey|
|2017||Destiny 2||Ikora Rey|
|2018||Destiny 2: Forsaken||Ikora Rey|
|2018||Lego DC Super-Villains||Superwoman|
|1993||Face Value||Marci Williams|
|1994||The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public||Terri Clark|
- "Gina Torres- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on June 30, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Gelman, Vlada. "Suits' Jessica-Led Spinoff Gets a Title". TV Line. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
- "Latinas 'Go Red For Women' & Rock Red Dresses in The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Fashion Show". latinapost.com. February 7, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
- "Gina Torres". Gina Torres. Retrieved April 9, 2010.
- "Gina Torres: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Patches, Matt (August 4, 2012). "Gina Torress on 'Firefly' 10th Anniversary: 'I Just About Burst Into Tears'". Hollywood.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- "Gina Torres on Standoff and Serenity". September 12, 2006. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Schwarzbaum, Lisa (March 14, 2007). "I Think I Love My Wife". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Sullivan, Brian Ford (November 4, 2009). "The Futon's First Look: "Washington Field" (CBS)". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Dickens, Donna (January 28, 2013). "Dear Hollywood: Cast Gina Torres As Wonder Woman". Buzzfeed. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Jens "Spytie" Anderson, Ted "Mepps" Stone. Sons of Trigon: Gotham Wastelands. YouTube: DCUniverseOnlineGame. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- "It's a wonder: the voice actors of DC Universe speak out". Gamespot.com.
- Carlbert, Michelle (February 11, 2013). "'Castle' Episode 5.14 Preview: Gina Torres Guest Stars in 'Reality Star Struck'". buddytv.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- Shattuck, Kathryn (September 15, 2016). "Gina Torres on Why She Decided to Leave 'Suits'". The New York Times. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
- "USA Network Greenlights Gina Torres-Led Suits Spinoff". USA Network (Press release). March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
- Barron, James (September 24, 2002). "Boldface Names: An Amicable Merger". The New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2019. Section B; Column 3; Metropolitan Desk, p. 2.
- "Laurence Fishburne And Wife Gina Torres Are Expecting Their First Child". KABC-TV. Associated Press. January 8, 2007. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
- "Update: Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres welcome first child; spotted out in Hollywood". People. November 14, 2007. Retrieved June 19, 2019 – via people.com.
- Jeffrey, Morgan (January 18, 2013). "Gina Torres on 'Hannibal' TV series: "It is chilling"". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
- France, Lisa Respers (September 21, 2017). "Gina Torres and Laurence Fishburne split". CNN. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
- "Laurence Fishburne files for divorce from wife Gina Torres". NY Daily News. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
- "It's Over! Laurence Fishburne & Gina Torres Finally Sign Off On Divorce Settlement". radaronline.com. Radar Online, LLC. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
- "About — Dispel". www.dispelshortfilm.com. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
- "USA Network Greenlights Gina Torres-Led Suits Spinoff". USA Network. March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
- "'Suits' Spinoff Starring Gina Torres Gets Title". Deadline Hollywood. May 14, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
- "Destiny - End Credits". IGN. September 11, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014 – via www.ign.com.