Suits very own Gina Torres is flying solo and we are SO hyped. Her character—total boss Jessica Pearson—has been a long-time favourite on the show. Cool, calculating, and always 10 steps ahead of everyone else, this lady is an absolute powerhouse. Basically, when we grow up we want to be Jessica Pearson. And while Suits (Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo) may be on its last season, Jessica’s story is just beginning.
“How often do you get an example of a woman that just typifies excellence?” Torres said of her character. “Everything about her was impeccable. She had a Harvard law degree. She was the smartest person in the room. She knew how to get things done. I mean, she was ridiculously perfect… and she was fearless. People want to be that.
“The fact that it’s this person,” she continued, gesturing to herself as applause broke, “this woman. She’s a woman of colour, and that was the lowest thing on the list. She never led with that. She always led with her intelligence, her integrity, her balls.” Heck yeah, she did!
The new series sees Jessica in a completely new world. Forget law and New York—Jessica is in Chicago and ready to crush it in politics. Torres—who also acts as executive producer for the show—assures us that Jessica Pearson is still the same person, except now we get to “see the whole woman.” Did you just get shivers? We did.
In honour of this amazing next step, we wanted to take a look back at all the times Torres was a total badass on other shows (Suits, Firefly…Hercules) before getting her own.