Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969) is an American actress who played Bree in Season One of The Vampire Diaries. She is mainly known for her roles on TV series such as Firefly (as series regular Zoe Washburne), Angel (as Jasmine), and Suits (as Jessica Pearson).


Torres was born on April 25, 1969 at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan, New York, the youngest of three children. Her family lived briefly in Washington Heights before moving to The Bronx. Her parents were both of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, and her father worked as a typesetter for La Prensa and the New York Daily News. Torres began singing at an early age and attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. She applied and was accepted to several colleges but could not afford to attend. Torres subsequently decided that college was not what she needed and chose to pursue her dream of being a performer.

Torres is a mezzo soprano who began her performing career as a singer, attending New York City's High School of Music and Art. Torres also trained in opera and jazz, and she performed in a gospel choir.



Gina Torres

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 of 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. Gina is best known for her role in Fox's short-lived Firefly series, which only lasted one season, but still carries a heavy sci-fi 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's most recent movie role is 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.

In 2011, Torres was cast as a main character in the USA Network television show Suits. In the show, Torres plays Jessica Pearson, a Harvard-educated lawyer who is both name partner and managing partner of a law firm in Manhattan and must navigate the politics involved in the corporate law field.

Personal life

She met Laurence Fishburne while filming The Matrix Reloaded. Torres and Fishburne were engaged in February 2001 and married in September 22, 2002 at The Cloisters museum in New York City. They reside together in New Rochelle, New York.

On January 8, 2007, Fishburne's spokesman Alan Nierob announced the couple were expecting their first child. They welcomed daughter Delilah in June 2007.

On November 3, 2017, Fishburn filed for divorce.[1]


Year Title Role
2011-2017 Suits Jessica Pearson
2016 Westworld Lauren
2016 The Catch Agent Justine Diaz
2015-2016 Star Wars Rebels Ketsu Onyo
2016 Drinking with the Stars
2016 Pilot Eva Sofia Valdez
2015 Con Man Grace
2015 Destiny: The Taken King Ikora Rey (voice)
2013-2015 Hannibal Bella Crawford
2015 Revenge Natalie Waters
2014 Destiny Ikora Rey, Warlock Vanguard (voice)
2014 Lichdom: Battlemage 12th Age Dragon (voice)
2013 Mr. Sophistication Janice Waters
2011-2013 Transformers Prime Airachnid
2013 Castle Penelope Foster
2012 Transformers Prime: The Game Airachnid (voice)
2011 DC Universe Online Wonder Woman (voice)
2010 Huge Dorothy Rand
2010 The Boondocks Ebony Brown
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Superwoman (voice)
2010 The Vampire Diaries Bree
2009 Gossip Girl Gabriela Abrams
2009 Washington Field SA Jackie Palmer
2009 Flashforward Felicia Wedeck
2009 Drop Dead Diva Diana Hall
2009 Applause for Miss E Maggie
2009 Don't Let Me Drown Diana
2009 The Unit Sgt. Natasha Andrews
2008-2009 Eli Stone Attorney Miller
2009 Pushing Daisies Lila Robinson
2007-2009 Dirty Sexy Money Princess Ama
2008 Criminal Minds Detective Thea Salinas
2008 Bones Dr. Toni Ezralow
2008 Boston Legal A.D.A. Mary Franklin
2007 South of Pico Carla Silva
2006-2007 Standoff Cheryl Carrera
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Brenda Cooper
2006 Five Fingers Aicha
2001-2006 Alias Anna Espinosa
2006 Without a Trace Tyra Hughes
2006 Jam Lilac
2006 The Shield Sadie Kavanaugh
2004-2006 Justice League Vixen / Mari McCabe
2005 Soccer Moms Jamie Cane
2005 Serenity Zoë
2005 The Matrix Online Niobe (voice)
2005 Fair Game Stacey
2004 Hair Show Marcella
2004 24 Julia Milliken
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Warden Hutton
2004 Gramercy Park Mrs. Hammond
2003 The Matrix Revolutions Cas
2003 The Guardian Sadie Harper
2002-2003 Firefly Zoë Washburne
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Cas
2003 The Law and Mr. Lee Vicki Lee
2003 Angel Jasmine
2003 The Agency Dacia Banga
2001-2002 Any Day Now Stacy Trenton
2000-2001 Cleopatra 2525 Helen Carter
1997-1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Nebula / Beth Hymson, Casting Director
1998 Encore! Encore! Opera Patron #3
1998 La Femme Nikita Jenna Vogler
1997 The Underworld
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Cleopatra
1997 The Gregory Hines Show Jeanette
1997 Profiler Michelle Brubaker
1995-1996 One Life to Live Magdalena / Nell
1996 The Substance of Fire Maitre d'
1996 Dark Angel LaMayne
1996 Bed of Roses Francine
1995 NYPD Blue Dominican Woman
1992-1995 Law & Order Charlene / Laura Elkin
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Dr. Amy Ellis
1992 Unnatural Pursuits Silken


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