'Pearson' star Gina Torres is first Afro-Latina to create, produce and star in her own show


Gina Torres was more than ready to leave her acclaimed role as Jessica Pearson after seven seasons of playing the fierce attorney on the USA Network drama “Suits.”

After the tumult of the 2016 presidential election, the actress saw an opportunity to revive the character that had earned her three Imagen Foundation Awards for Best Supporting Actress, as well as an American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) award nomination for Favorite TV Actress-Supporting Role.

“I became fascinated with what was unfolding in front of me. There were so many interesting questions about loyalty and the power grab of it all,” Torres told NBC News.

“Pearson,” a “Suits” spinoff which premiered July 17, is a continuation of the former attorney’s narrative.

The show is also making history. Torres is the first Afro-Latina to create, produce and star in her own show.





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