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Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969) is an Alma Award winning Americanmarker television and movie actress. She is known for her roles in science fiction and fantasy. She has appeared in many television series, including MADtv, 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 award-winning indie South of Pico as the fragile waitress (Carla).

Biography

Early life

Torres was born at the Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattanmarker, New Yorkmarker, the youngest of three children. Her family lived briefly in Washington Heightsmarker before moving to The Bronxmarker. Her parents were both of Cuban 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.marker LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Artsmarker in New York City. She applied and was accepted to several colleges but could not afford to attend. Torres subsequently decided that college wasn't 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 Citymarker's High School of Music and Artmarker. Torres also trained in opera and jazz, and she performed in a gospel choir.

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. 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 for the show. 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, FBImarker Los Angelesmarker. Torres's most recent role is in the film I Think I Love My Wife, playing the spouse of Chris Rock's character.

She's been cast in Washington Field, a CBS 2009 television pilot from Executive Producer Edward Allen Bernero, Jim Clemente and Tim Clemente as Head Writers. About the National Capital Response Squad, a unit of the FBImarker comprised of elite experts in different areas who travel around the world, responding to events that concern American interest. Think: The Unit. Cast: Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian, Gina Torres, Teri Polo & Matthew Yang King.

Personal life

She met Laurence Fishburne while filming The Matrix. Torres and Fishburne were engaged in February 2001 and married in September 22, 2002, at The Cloistersmarker museum in New York Citymarker. They reside together in New Rochellemarker, New Yorkmarker.

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

Work

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes More Notes More Notes
1996 Bed of Roses Francine
The Substance of Fire Maitre d'
1997-1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Nebula, Beth Hymson TV series 9 episodes Recurring role
2000-2001 Cleopatra 2525 Helen Carter TV series 28 episodes Main Character
2001, 2005-2006 Alias Anna Espinosa TV series 6 episodes Recurring Role
2002 Firefly Zoe Washburne TV series 14 episodes Main Character
2003 Angel Jasmine TV series 5 episodes Recurring role
The Matrix Reloaded Cas
The Matrix Revolutions Cas
2004 24 Julia Milliken TV series 7 episodes Recurring Role
Hair Show Marcella
2005 Soccer Moms Jamie Cane TV series
Fair Game Stacey
Serenity Zoe Washburne
2006 The Shield Sadie Kavanaugh TV series 2 episodes Recurring role
Jam Lilac
Five Fingers Aicha
Without A Trace Tyra
2004-2006 Justice League Unlimited Vixen Animated series 5 episodes Recurring role
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Brenda Cooper
South of Pico Carla Silva

2006-2007 Standoff Cheryl Carrera TV series 18 episodes Main Character
2008 Don't Let Me Drown Diana
Criminal Minds Detective Thea Salinas TV series 1 episode
2009 Pushing Daisies Lila Robinson TV series 1 episode
Gossip Girl Gabriela Abrams TV series recurring
FlashForward Felicia Wedeck TV Series
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Super Woman


References

  1. Gina Torres
  2. BOLDFACE NAMES. James Barron. The New York Times. Section B; Column 3; Metropolitan Desk; Pg. 2. September 24, 2002.
  3. LA Daily News - Laurence Fishburne and wife Gina Torres are expecting their first child, his publicist says
  4. abc7.com: Southern California news leader -Laurence Fishburne And Wife Gina Torres Are Expecting Their First Child 1/08/07
  5. Update: Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres welcome first child; spotted out in Hollywood : Celebrity Baby Blog


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