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Gina Torres

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Gina Torres

Government name: Gina Torres

Line of work: Actress

Birthday: April 25

Hometown: New York

The tie that binds: Torres is happily married to venerated actor Laurence Fishburne.

On the horizon: Torres stars in the film Don’t Let Me Drown, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.

Her take on the film:
“I’m so excited about the film. I shot it about a year and a half ago.
It was written by Cruz Angeles and Maria Topete, and it’s a wonderful
post 9/11 love story between two teenagers and their issue-laden
parents.”

Advice to women of color pursuing Hollywood stardom: 
“Well there aren’t that many of us here, but there are more that are
coming every day, so that’s great to see. But to all women of color who
have a desire to be a part of this business, don’t hesitate to pursue
this dream. We need you; we need your experiences, and we need your
depth of soul, as it’s so important in this industry. I have to say
though, that the most important thing that I want them to remember is
that 99.9 percent of the time, it does not happen fast. So you just
have to believe in what you’re doing, and believe that what you are
doing is right. You also have to make good choices, and stay in the
game. Don’t give up.”  –brittny flint