Gina Torres

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Gina Torres
Born (1969-04-25) April 25, 1969 (age 50)
Years active1992–present
Laurence Fishburne
(m. 2002; div. 2018)

Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969)[1] is an 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.

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 will reprise the role in the upcoming drama Pearson, a spin-off about Jessica Pearson moving to Chicago and becoming involved in politics.[2]

Early life[edit]

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 both of multiracial Cuban descent, and her father worked as a typesetter for La Prensa and The New York Daily News.[3] 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.[4] She chose instead to pursue her dream of being a performer.[1]


In 2001, she won the ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Syndicated Drama Series for her role in Cleopatra 2525.[5] 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.[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.[6] 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.[7] Torres appeared in the film I Think I Love My Wife, playing the wife of Chris Rock's character.[8]

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.[9]

She was the voice of Wonder Woman in DC Universe Online MMORPG[10] until mid 2013 when the part was recast,[11][12] as well as Arachnid in the Transformers Prime cartoon.[10]

In 2013, Torres was reunited with fellow Firefly costar, Nathan Fillion, in an episode of Fillion's television show, Castle.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Torres and Laurence Fishburne were engaged in February, 2001, and married on September 22, 2002,[16] at The Cloisters museum in New York City.[17] They have one child, a daughter Delilah born in 2007.[18] 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.[19]

In September 2017, Torres announced her separation from Fishburne.[20] Fishburne filed for divorce on November 2, 2017,[21] and the divorce was finalized effective May 11, 2018, after Torres and Fishburne reached a final settlement on April 16, 2018.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Bed of Roses Francine
1996 The Substance of Fire Maitre d'
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Cas
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Cas
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)
2013 Mr. Sophistication Janice Waters
2017 Mission: Space Capcom short film
2019 Selah and the Spades Selah's mother
2019 Dispel[23] Celeste Skygoode short film


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Unnatural Pursuits Silken Episode: "I Don't Do Cuddles"
1992 Law & Order Laura Elkin Episode: "Skin Deep"
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Dr. Amy Ellis Television movie (series pilot)
1995 Law & Order Charlene Episode: "Purple Heart"
NYPD Blue Dominican Woman Episode: "E.R."
One Life to Live Magdalena 12 episodes
1996 Nell 5 episodes
Dark Angel LaMayne Television movie
1997 Profiler Michelle Brubaker Episode: "FTX: Field Training Exercise"
The Gregory Hines Show Jeanette Episode: "Flirting with Disaster"
Xena: Warrior Princess Cleopatra Episode: "The King of Assassins"
The Underworld Unknown Television movie
1997–1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Nebula Recurring role, 8 episodes
1998 Beth Hymson, Casting Director Episode: "Yes, Virginia, There is a Hercules"
La Femme Nikita Jenna Vogler Episode: "Open Heart"
Encore! Encore! Opera Patron #3 Episode: "Pilot"
2000–2001 Cleopatra 2525 Helen 'Hel' Carter Main role, 28 episodes
ALMA Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Any Day Now Stacy Trenton 3 episodes
2001–2006 Alias Anna Espinosa Recurring role, 6 episodes
2002–2003 Firefly Zoe Washburne Main role, 14 episodes
2003 The Agency Dacia Banga Episode: "Absolute Bastard"
Angel Jasmine 5 episodes
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
The Guardian Sadie Harper 2 episodes
The Law and Mr. Lee Vicki Lee Television movie
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Warden Hutton Episode: "XX"
24 Julia Milliken Recurring role, 7 episodes
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Vixen / Mari McCabe (voice) 5 episodes
2004 Gramercy Park Mrs. Hammond Television movie
2005 Soccer Moms Jamie Cane
2006 The Shield Sadie Kavanaugh 2 episodes
Without a Trace Tyra Hughes Episode: "More Than This"
2006–2007 Standoff Cheryl Carrera Main role, 18 episodes
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Princess Ama Episode: "The Nutcracker"
2008 Boston Legal A.D.A. Mary Franklin Episode: "The Gods Must Be Crazy"
Bones Dr. Toni Ezralow Episode: "The Bone That Blew"
Criminal Minds Det. Thea Salinas Episode: "Normal"
2008–2009 Eli Stone Attorney Miller 2 episodes
2009 Dirty Sexy Money Princess Ama Episode: "The Facts"
Pushing Daisies Lila Robinson Episode: "Water & Power"
The Unit Sgt. Natasha Andrews Episode: "Best Laid Plans"
Drop Dead Diva Diana Hall Episode: "Make Me a Match"
FlashForward Felicia Wedeck 2 episodes
Gossip Girl Gabriela Abrams
Applause for Miss E Maggie Television movie
Washington Field SA Jackie Palmer
2010 The Vampire Diaries Bree Episode: "Bloodlines"
The Boondocks Ebony Brown (voice) Episode: "Lovely Ebony Brown"
Huge Dr. Dorothy Rand Main role, 10 episodes
2011–2013 Transformers: Prime Airachnid (voice) 12 episodes
2011–2018 Suits Jessica Pearson Main role (Season 1-6) Also starring (Season 7), 94 episodes
Nominated—ALMA Award for Favorite Supporting Actress on Television
2013 Castle Penelope Foster Episode: "Reality Star Struck"
2013–2015 Hannibal Phyllis "Bella" Crawford Recurring role, 5 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
2015 Revenge Natalie Waters 3 episodes
2015–2018 Star Wars Rebels Ketsu Onyo (voice) 4 episodes
2016 Westworld Lauren / Robert Ford 2 episodes
2017 The Catch Agent Justine Diaz Season 2, 10 Episodes
Claws Sally Bates Episode: "Fallout"
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny Ketsu Onyo (voice) 2 episodes
2018 Final Space Additional voices 7 episodes
Angie Tribeca Gillian Kayhill Episode: "Behind the Scandalabra"
2019 Pearson[24][25] Jessica Pearson Main role

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Con Man Grace Episode: "Voiced Over"

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role
2005 The Matrix Online Niobe
2011 DC Universe Online Wonder Woman
2012 Transformers: Prime – The Game Airachnid
2014 Destiny Ikora Rey[26]
2017 Destiny 2 Ikora Rey
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains Superwoman
Destiny 2: Forsaken Ikora Rey, Warlock Vanguard


Year Title Role
1993 Face Value Marci Williams
1994 The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public Terri Clark


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