Lone Star’ Character ‘Mirrors’ Her Own Life

Gina Torres as Tommy Vega in ‘9-1-1: Lone Star’. Drew Hermann/FOX

A reunion on the good time. It’s been practically 20 years since Gina Torres labored with showrunner Tim Minear on Firefly. So when he referred to as her about becoming a member of 9-1-1: Lone Star as a personality he wrote together with her in thoughts, she couldn’t have been extra thrilled.

“I’d come back from shooting a pilot that will never see the light of day, and I kind of went into that place that we all did. ‘Will I ever work again? What’s that going to look like?’” Torres, 51, completely instructed Us Weekly, noting that it was when “everything was shutting down” because of the pandemic. “Then I got a call that Tim wanted to talk — and it was the best phone call of the year.”

The character can be somebody that the actress can personally relate to.

“I couldn’t be happier about being on the show right now, to be working, to have this character to play. Tommy Vega is amazing,” the Pearson alum added. “At this point in my life, she mirrors so many of the things that I personally am going through — balancing work and home and wanting to bring your best to both but sometimes the ball is going to drop. I don’t know which one it’s going to be!”

In the spinoff, Tommy is a former paramedic captain who left the sector eight years in the past to lift her twin daughters. After her husband loses his job because of the pandemic, she heads again to work.

“Her heart is completely torn because the last time she was a badass in the field, she didn’t have them,” the New York native instructed Us. “She also remembers now how much she actually loves and is good at being in the field and being on the job.”

Torres felt that it was a “privilege” to have the ability to play a mum or dad who’s juggling many issues without delay and isn’t precisely positive tips on how to do it.

As for the way this season compares to the primary, the Suits alum has three phrases: ” larger, badder, higher.”

Season 2 of 9-1-1: Lone Star premieres on Fox Monday, January 18, at 9 p.m. ET.

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