Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969) 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. Since 2011, she has had a main role on the USA Network series Suits as Jessica Pearson. She and her husband Laurence Fishburne played a married couple on the NBC television series Hannibal.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.Torres in 2008
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.
She was the voice of Wonder Woman in DC Universe Online MMORPG until mid 2013 when the part was recast, as well as Arachnid in the Transformers Prime cartoon.
In 2013, Torres was reunited with fellow Firefly costar, Nathan Fillion, in an episode of Fillion's television show, Castle.
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 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 a Suits spin-off centered around her character, Jessica Pearson.
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 Delilah 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.
|1996||Bed of Roses||Francine|
|1996||The Substance of Fire||Maitre d'|
|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)|
|2013||Mr. Sophistication||Janice Waters|
|2017||Mission: Space||Capcom||short film|
|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|
|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"|
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|
|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|
|TBA||Second City||Jessica Pearson||Main role|
|2015||Con Man||Grace||Episode: "Voiced Over"|
|2005||The Matrix Online||Niobe (voice)|
|2011||DC Universe Online||Wonder Woman (voice)|
|2012||Transformers: Prime - The Game||Airachnid (voice)|
|2017||Destiny 2||Ikora Rey|
|2018||Lego DC Super-Villains||Superwoman|
|1993||Face Value||Marci Williams|
|1994||The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public||Terri Clark|