You don’t get to helm of one of the top law firms in the city without learning how to play the game, and Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres) plays it better than anyone else. Cool and calculating, Jessica always makes sure that even if one of her attorneys loses, her firm still wins. However, win or lose, she’s got her employees’ backs, and she’s not afraid to go to the mat with anyone foolish enough to pick a fight.
Instrumental in nurturing Harvey’s career, Jessica wasn’t initially impressed by Harvey’s choice of Mike Ross as a potential protégé. However, as Jessica dealt with conniving former partners, failed mergers, and threats from both outside and inside her own firm, she came to see Mike as the asset he truly was. More recently, the death of Jessica’s ex husband has stirred something inside her, and it seems that romance is in the air once again for this powerful heart. But try though she might, there is no keeping the personal and professional separate for a woman like Jessica Pearson, and her new relationship may bring up some hard choices and force her to give up control for once in her life…
Gina Torres stars as Jessica Pearson in SUITS.
Included amongst Torres's most notable television credits are her performances as the Russo-Cuban assassin Anna Espinosa on "Alias," the shotgun-toting mercenary Zoe Washburn on Joss Whedon's "Firefly" (whom she also played in his feature film "Serenity") and the soul-eating Jasmin on Whedon's "Angel." Additional television credits include "Huge," "The Shield," "24," "Pushing Daisies," "Flash Forward," "Gossip Girl," "Boondocks," and "The Vampire Diaries." She has also voiced the roles of Vixen in "The Justice League" series and Superwoman in "Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths" opposite James Woods. She began her onscreen career with roles on "Law & Order," "One Life to Live," "Any Day Now" and "La Femme Nikita" 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" (the latter of which earned her an ALMA Award) - that brought her to the masses and promptly shifted her career.
Torres's film credits include "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions," "Jam," "South Of Pico," "I Think I Love My Wife" with Chris Rock, "Hair Show" with Mo'Nique, "Five Fingers" opposite Laurence Fishburne and "Don't Let Me Drown" (critic's choice at the Sundance Film Festival 2009).
The youngest of three children, Torres was born in Manhattan and raised in The Bronx with her close-knit Cuban family. She graduated from Fiorello LaGuardia School of Arts where, before entering the world of acting, she studied opera and jazz as a vocal major. Within a year of graduating, she was cast as Deena Jones in "Dreamgirls," her first professional acting job. It wasn't long before she started appearing on Broadway being directed by such legends as Tommy Tune and Pete Masterson in "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" and Jerry Zaks in "Face Value." Her additional theater credits include 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."
Torres and her husband, Laurence Fishburne, reside in Los Angeles with their daughter.