Gina Torres as the tough, independent Zoe Washburne from 'Firefly'.

Gina Torres as the tough, independent Zoe Washburne from ‘Firefly’.

Today the talented and beautiful Gina Torres is 46 years old. She’s best known to sci-fi fans for her role as Zoe Washburne in Firefly, but she was also Nebula in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Jasmine in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff Angel, and even Queen Cleopatra in Xena: Warrior Princess. She currently stars as Jessica Pearson on the USA Network series Suits.

She began her career in 1992 on a show called Unnatural Pursuits, and has been in everything from daytime soap operas to voicing various superheroes in the DC animated universe. Her range is broad, her skills are hard earned through dedicated study and performance over more than 20 years and dozens of films, TV shows and even computer games.

Gina does magic. She takes words printed on the pages of a script and creates living breathing characters from them. She is beloved by Firefly fandom, and her character is one of the favorites of Browncoats everywhere.

Happy birthday, Gina.  Stay shiny.