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Gina Torres stars in "Suits" on USA Network as Katherine Pearson.

Torres previously starred in "Huge" on ABC Family as Dr. Dorothy Rand. The head of the Camp Victory, Dr. Rand, is a type-A personality, who is great at her job and a little tightly wound. The kids see her as a disciplinarian and would never guess that she's just as unsure of herself as they are—but we (the audience) are privy to her more vulnerable moments. Rand used to be overweight herself and that is still part of who she is
Gina Torres in "Suits"
Gina Torres Suits
inside. She recognizes herself in Will. Rand longs to be seen as a warm person, but struggles to connect with people (the staff and campers alike).

Gina Torres was born in 1969 at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in Manhattan. Her family lived briefly in Washington Heights until moving to The Bronx. Her parents were natives of Cuba. Her father was a typesetter for both La Prensa and then the Daily News. Her mother was a dedicated and artistically gifted homemaker.

It was near the Grand Concourse, growing up in a mixed but predominantly Latino neighborhood, that Torres began to absorb the culture of her world. "I always sang, always danced, because there was always music in the house and in the street. We heard Johnny Pacheco, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and Machito. And when the elders weren't listening, my ears took in everything from ABBA to Led Zeppelin, Glenn Campbell to Nat King Cole and everything in between. My parents were classy beautiful Latin people. They grew up in the 30's, a time when you looked clean, you were pressed; you looked people in the eye; you were gracious, no matter how much money you did or didn't have. Those were the values I went into the world with."

Thoroughly bitten by "The Bug" in her senior year at La Guardia High School of The Arts, where she had spent the last four years studying Opera and Jazz as a vocal major, Torres decided against pursuing a higher education. "To say my parents weren't thrilled would be a huge understatement. I was ready to fly or fall. It was the only way for me to know if I have what it takes to make a life for myself in that world. Thankfully, it's all worked out quite nicely." Some may consider that, a huge understatement.

Within the year, Torres won the role of Deena Jones in her first professional production of "Dreamgirls." The production also happened to be mounted in a dinner theater where you brought your own dinner. "I didn't care. I was completely in love with my circumstance. I was doing what I love and was getting paid for it!" And it wasn't long after that Torres was living out her dream and appearing on the Broadway Stage being directed by such legends as Tommy Tune and Pete Masterson in "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" and Jerry Zaks in "Face Value." There was off- and off-off-Broadway plays and musicals that ranged from classic Greek tragedy in "Antigone" and "Amphytrion"; to Shakespeare's "Pericles of Tyre" and "Julius Cesar"; to contemporary classics such as Lorca's "Blood Wedding"; to the world premieres of "Sheila's Day" and "Heliotrope Bouquet."

Roles for Torres on television and film followed in "Law & Order," "One Life to Live," "Any Day Now," "La Femme Nikita," "Bed of Roses," "Substance of Fire." But it was her collaboration with producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert on four different shows—"MANTIS," "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," "Xena: Warrior Princess," and "Cleopatra 2525" for which she won an ALMA award—that brought her to the fore as a first degree bad ass, and changed her life.

Other memorable characters soon followed for Torres like the Russo-Cuban assassin, Anna Espinosa on "Alias"; the shotgun toting mercenary Zoe Washburn in Joss Whedon's "Firefly" and the feature film "Serenity," and the soul eating Jasmin on Whedon's "Angel." She even managed to parlay the tough girl persona into the world of animation, voicing the role of Vixen in "The Justice League" series, and most recently, "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" in the role of Superwoman opposite James Woods.

Always looking to mix it up, Gina Torres strives to keep her audience and herself interested. "There have been many times when I have said, 'NO! Not another tough chick with a gun!' I'm not looking to hang up my holster forever, but I'm always looking to pick up other aspects of our humanity, like the vulnerable and the broken, or the giddy and absurd, and shine a light on it."

"The Shield" opposite Forest Whitaker, "24," "Pushing Daisies," "Flash Forward," "Gossip Girl," "Boondocks," "The Vampire Diaries" and films such as, "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions," "Jam," "South of Pico," "I Think I Love My Wife" opposite Chris Rock, "Hair Show" opposite Mo'Nique, "Five Fingers" opposite Laurence Fishburne, and "Don't Let Me Drown" (critic's choice at Sundance '09) are just a few examples of what happens when you take Torres's gun away.

It's been twenty years since Torres's infamous dinner theater experience, and all along the way one thing has remained the same; whether she's armed with a gun or a smile, she is packed and ready for wherever the ride takes her.

Torres and Laurence Fishburne have been married since 2002 and welcomed a daughter, Delilah, into their lives in 2007.

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How tall is Gina Torres? How old is Gina Torres? Find out here.

Age: 47 years old
Birthday: April 25, 1969
Height: 5' 10"
Birthplace: New York, NY
Husband: Laurence Fishburne (9/20/2002, 1 child)

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