Gina was born in New York City to a close-knit Cuban American family. A graduate of a specialized music and performing arts high school in New York City, she is a gifted mezzo soprano, trained in both opera and jazz. Known primarily for science fiction and fantasy roles, Gina is branching out into new territory for her role as Vanessa's mother on Gossip Girl (unless the show takes a bizarre supernatural twist in the third season—you never know). She has appeared in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Alias, Firefly, Angel, and The Matrix sequels. She married Laurence Fishburne in 2002, and they had a daughter, Delilah, in 2007. Hopefully Delilah grows up to be cooler than Gina's Gossip Girl daughter, Vanessa.