Gina Torres




Born: 25/04/1969 (48 yo)
Birth place: Manhattan, New York (USA)

Citizenship : USA
Ascendant : Cuba

Occupation : Actress



Summary


Gina Torres is an American television and movie actress. She has appeared in many television series, including Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (as Nebula), Xena: Warrior Princess (as Cleopatra), the short-lived Cleopatra 2525, as well as Alias (as Anna Espinosa), Firefly (as series regular Zoe Washburne), Angel (as Jasmine), The Matrix sequels in a supporting role, and The Shield. She also starred in the independent film South of Pico as the fragile waitress Carla. Currently she plays a supporting role on the USA Network show Suits as Jessica Pearson.



Biography


Torres was born at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, the youngest of three children. Her family lived briefly in Washington Heights before moving to The Bronx.Her parents were both of multiracial Cuban descent, and her father worked as a typesetter for La Prensa and the New York Daily News.

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.

Career

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 best known for her role in Fox's short-lived Firefly series, which lasted only one season but still carries a heavy science fiction fanbase. 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 spouse of Chris Rock's character. She was cast in Washington Field, a 2009 CBS television pilot from executive Producer Edward Allen Bernero. It is 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. The cast includes Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian, Gina Torres, Teri Polo and Matthew Yang King.

She is also the voice of Wonder Woman in DC Universe Online MMORPG, as well as Airachnid 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.

Personal life

She met actor Laurence Fishburne while filming The Matrix Reloaded. Torres and Fishburne were engaged in February 2001 and married on September 22, 2002, at The Cloisters museum in New York City. On January 8, 2007, Fishburne's spokesman Alan Nierob announced the couple were expecting their first child together.] She gave birth to daughter Delilah in June 2007.



Websites & Social Networks


www.gina-torres.com


Filmography:

  • 1996      Bed of Roses                    
  • 1996      The Substance of Fire                  
  • 2003      The Matrix Reloaded    
  • 2003      The Matrix Revolutions               
  • 2004      Hair Show          
  • 2005      Fair Game          
  • 2005      Serenity             
  • 2006      Jam       
  • 2006      Five Fingers      
  • 2007      I Think I Love My Wife                
  • 2007      South of Pico    
  • 2009      Don't Let Me Drown     
  • 2012      Mr. Sophistication         
  • 2012      Hotel Transylvania

 

Television:

  • 1992      Unnatural Pursuits "
  • 1992      Law & Order
  • 1994      M.A.N.T.I.S. (TV movie)
  • 1995      Law & Order     
  • 1995      NYPD Blue         
  • 1995      One Life to Live               
  • 1996      One Life to Live
  • 1996      Dark Angel  (TV movie)
  • 1997      The Underworld  (TV movie)
  • 1997      Profiler               
  • 1997      The Gregory Hines Show            
  • 1997      Xena: Warrior Princess       
  • 1997-1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (8 episodes)
  • 1998      Hercules: The Legendary Journeys        
  • 1998      La Femme Nikita            
  • 1998      Encore! Encore!              
  • 2000-2001  Cleopatra 2525  (28 episodes)
  • 2001-2002  Any Day Now   
  • 2001-2006  lias     
  • 2002-2003  Firefly   Zoe Washburne (14 episodes)
  • 2003      The Agency       
  • 2003      Angel   
  • 2003      The Law and Mr. Lee  (TV movie)
  • 2003      The Guardian     
  • 2004      Gramercy Park (TV movie)
  • 2004      CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • 2004      24          



  • 2004-2006 Justice League Unlimited           
  • 2005      Soccer Moms  (TV movie)
  • 2006      The Shield
  • 2006      Without a Trace
  • 2006-2007 Standoff (18 episodes)
  • 2007      Dirty Sexy Money
  • 2008      Boston Legal     
  • 2008      Bones  
  • 2008      Criminal Minds  
  • 2008      Eli Stone             
  • 2009      Eli Stone             
  • 2009      Dirty Sexy Money          
  • 2009      Pushing Daisies               
  • 2009      The Unit             
  • 2009      Applause for Miss E      
  • 2009      Drop Dead Diva               
  • 2009      FlashForward    "
  • 2009      Gossip Girl         
  • 2009      Washington Field (TV movie)
  • 2010      The Vampire Diaries     
  • 2010      Huge (10 episodes)
  • 2011–present Suits
  • 2013      Castle
  • 2013      Hannibal