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Y’all, it is Friday, and ‘tis time for Racialicious Crush of the Week. This week we are crushing up the Queen of Sci-Fi, Gina Torres. 

Gina Torres

Though we’ve seen this incredible Afro-Latina character actor all over TV and film since the 90s, she’s best known and loved for showing us (and just about everyone  else) that Black women belong in the future and in science fantasy, continuing the mantle passed on from Nichelle Nichols and her trailblazing character, Lt. Uhura.

Here’s our crush talking about her role as Superwoman in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths:

As you stepped into the sound booth to voice Superwoman, were you actually feeling wickedly sexy, delightfully cruel and ultimately powerful—or was that all just acting?

I’m so glad they called me to do Superwoman, (she laughs) because I was in the mood to get back in there and be a badass. Superwoman is one of those super heroes that knows her power, and is very comfortable in her power. And it’s all cat – it’s no mouse with her. She likes to bat around her prey and she really enjoys what she’s doing.

In the booth, you sort of have to become this person. When you’re not on stage with other actors and you’re not on camera, you really get to free up your body and do all kinds of things that maybe aren’t as pretty on camera. You get to have a good time getting your whole body involved in the interpretation.

So there was no super hero role playing games when you were a kid?

I absolutely played Wonder Woman when I was a kid. I had the lasso, the whole bracelet thing, I even had my twirl down. I just knew that I was going to be taken back to Paradise Island, because that’s really where I belonged. I was this small little Amazon just waiting to express myself, waiting for my true mother to come and get me. (laughs)

Can you give me an idea of what Superwoman’s motivations are in this film?

Let’s see. Superwoman is motivated by power and money and sex, and sex and money and power. Who can’t relate to that?

Good answer. Not that Superwoman is a role model, but do you feel like women have enough super hero representation these days?

What do you mean Superwoman is not a role model? Isn’t she a role model? She rules the world (laughs). She’s Superwoman! (laughs). What I love about super heroes, and Superwoman in particular, is that in that comics world they’re all curvaceous. There aren’t really any skinny bitches in the world of comic books. They’ve got muscle. I like that. I appreciate that. They’re strong. And it’s important to have strong images of women out there, women who aren’t afraid of expressing themselves, women who aren’t afraid of taking chances, women who aren’t afraid of their own power. Unfortunately, being a woman in society means that sometimes you have to sort of quell what is instinctually broad and magnificent and magical about you. I think a lot of people feel that way. I don’t know if that’s necessarily relegated to being a woman, because we’re all so worried about fitting in and not sticking out. So what’s great about this whole genre is that it’s all about sticking out. It’s all about being magnificent to the highest power.

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