New Yorkers: Gina Torres

Gina Torres, Born and Raised in New York City

Gina Torres – who was raised in The Bronx in a close-knit Cuban American family – has never thought about doing anything else but act. “It's all I know how to do and it's all I want to do,” says the star of USA Network’s Suits. “This is my plan 'A' and I don't have a plan 'B.’” Torres, a mezzo soprano, attended the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and New York City's prestigious High School of Music and Art. “Ever since I can remember I wanted to perform, needed to perform,” recalls Torres. “My junior high school chorus director made the mistake of giving me a solo in an eighth-grade production of Barnum and when I got my first round of applause, it was mother’s milk. It’s what’s called ‘being bitten.’”

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.