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Gina Torres (born April 25, 1969) is an American television and movie actress. She is known for her roles in science fiction and fantasy. 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 award-winning independent film South of Pico as the fragile waitress (Carla).

Early life

Torres was born 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.[1] Torres subsequently decided that college was not what she needed and chose to pursue her dream of being a performer.[citation needed]

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.

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. 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 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. Think: The Unit. The cast includes Cole Hauser, Eddie Cibrian, Gina Torres, Teri Polo and Matthew Yang King.

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,[2] 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.[3][4] They welcomed daughter Delilah in June 2007.[5]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Dr. Amy Ellis TV pilot movie
1996 Bed of Roses Francine
The Substance of Fire Maitre d'
1997–1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Nebula, Beth Hymson 9 episodes
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Cleopatra 1 episode
2000–2001 Cleopatra 2525 Helen Carter 28 episodes
2001, 2005–2006 Alias Anna Espinosa 6 episodes
2002 Firefly Zoe Washburne 14 episodes
2003 Angel Jasmine 5 episodes
The Matrix Reloaded Cas
The Matrix Revolutions Cas
2004 24 Julia Milliken 7 episodes
Hair Show Marcella
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Vixen 5 episodes
2005 Soccer Moms Jamie Cane TV series
Fair Game Stacey
Serenity Zoe Washburne
2006 The Shield Sadie Kavanaugh 2 episodes
Jam Lilac
Five Fingers Aicha
Without A Trace Tyra
2007 I Think I Love My Wife Brenda Cooper
South of Pico Carla Silva
2006–2007 Standoff Cheryl Carrera 18 episodes
2008 Don't Let Me Drown Diana
Criminal Minds Detective Thea Salinas 1 episode
2009 Pushing Daisies Lila Robinson 1 episode
Gossip Girl Gabriela Abrams Recurring role
FlashForward Felicia Wedeck
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Superwoman Voice/DVD
The Vampire Diaries Bree 1 episode
Huge Dr. Dorothy Rand Regular role
DC Universe Online Wonder Woman Voice/Video Game
Transformers: Prime Unknown character Voice
2011 Open Season 3 Ursa Post-production

References

  1. "Gina Torres". Gina Torres. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  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". Dailynews.com. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  4.    (2007-01-08). "abc7.com: Southern California news leader -Laurence Fishburne And Wife Gina Torres Are Expecting Their First Child 1/08/07". Abclocal.go.com. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  5. Edie Falco, on My Kids Look Like Fabio and Chucky!. "Update: Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres welcome first child; spotted out in Hollywood : Celebrity Baby Blog". Celebrity-babies.com. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 

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