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Michelle Rodriguez


Birth name:

Mayte Michelle Rodriguez




Bexar County, Texas, USA



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United States

Executive summary:

Girlfight, Resident Evil


5' 4" (1.63 m)

Michelle Rodriguez



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Michelle Rodriguez - Biography


Mayte Michelle Rodriguez (born July 12, 1978), known professionally as Michelle Rodriguez, is a Latin-American actress, best known for playing tough-girl roles and starring in Hollywood blockbusters such as Girlfight (2000); The Fast and the Furious (2001); Blue Crush (2002); Resident Evil (2002); S.W.A.T. (2003); Fast & Furious (2009) and James Cameron's Avatar (2009), as well as for her role as Ana Lucia Cortez in the television series Lost.

Rodriguez was born in Bexar County, Texas, the daughter of Carmen Milady (née Pared), a native of the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican who served in the United States Army. She has a total of ten half-siblings or siblings. She was partly raised by her devoutly religious maternal grandmother and was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness (her mother's religion), though she has since abandoned that specific faith. Rodriguez moved to the Dominican Republic with her mother when she was eight and lived in Puerto Rico until the age of eleven, later settling in Jersey City, New Jersey. She dropped out of high school but later earned her GED. Rodriguez briefly attended business school before quitting to pursue a career in acting, with the ultimate goal of becoming a writer and director.

Having run across an ad for an open casting call and attending her first audition, Rodriguez beat 350 other applicants to win her first role in the low-budget 2000 independent film, Girlfight. With her performance as Diana Guzman, a troubled teen who decides to channel her aggression by training to become a boxer, Rodriguez accumulated several awards and nominations for the role in independent circles, including major acting accolades from the National Board of Review, Deauville Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, Las Vegas Film Critics Sierra Awards, and many others. The film itself took home a top prize at the Sundance and won Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival.
Subsequently, she has had notable roles in other successful movies, including The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, Blue Crush, and S.W.A.T. In 2004, Rodriguez lent her voice to the video game Halo 2, playing a Marine. She also provided the voice of Liz Ricarro in the Cartoon Network series IGPX. From 2005 to 2006, she played tough cop Ana Lucia Cortez on the television series Lost during the show's second season (the character's first appearance was a flashback on season 1's finale, Exodus: Part 1), and returned for a cameo in the second episode of the show's fifth season in 2009. In 2006, Rodriguez was featured in her own episode of G4's show Icons.
In 2008, she appeared in Battle in Seattle alongside Charlize Theron. Rodriguez next appeared in the fourth installment of the The Fast and the Furious franchise, which was titled simply Fast & Furious and released to theaters on April 3, 2009. Rodriguez can currently be seen in James Cameron's big budget sci-fi adventure Avatar, which was released to theaters on December 18, 2009. She also recently wrapped filming on Trópico de Sangre, an independent film based on the Dominican Republic's historic Mirabal sisters who were assassinated in 1960 by the Dominican dictator Trujillo for opposing his rule.
As of 10 January 2010, Rodriguez's films have grossed $916,296,898 in the United States and $2,100,145,993 world-wide.[
Rodriguez can next be seen in Robert Rodriguez's Machete, and starring alongside Aaron Eckhart in the sci-fi film Battle: Los Angeles.

Multiple times over the course of her career, she has been ranked in Stuff magazine’s "102 Sexiest Women In The World", Maxim’s "100 Sexiest Women", and People en Español's "50 Más Bellos", and was recently ranked #74 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2009".

Rodriguez is currently working on two screenplays. One is a family film based on a concept which she describes as "a 2012 story about purity and animals and children" and the other is a revision of an American remake of the 1997 German film Bandits which she describes as a film "about four girls who break out of jail and get chased across the country by the feds and by this MTV-like representative".

In early 2000, Rodriguez broke off a near engagement to a Muslim boyfriend, citing opposition to religious requirements he demanded of her. Around 2001, Rodriguez dated Vin Diesel, her co-star from The Fast and the Furious. In 2003, Rodriguez was photographed sharing a kiss with Kylie Minogue's boyfriend Olivier Martinez and the two were later spotted partying together on Puff Daddy's yacht in the south of France.
In 2006, she "had her eye on" Irish actor and S.W.A.T. co-star, Colin Farrell. In July 2006, Rodriguez told UK's Cosmopolitan magazine that she was not gay, but had "experimented with both sexes." In November 2006, her openly bisexual Bloodrayne co-star Kristanna Loken's comments to The Advocate were widely interpreted and reported by the media as an admission that the two were in a relationship, though the relationship was never officially confirmed by either actress, and Loken later married Noah Danby.
In early 2007, Rodriguez was again photographed with Olivier Martinez. This time the two were seen dining together at Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles where Martinez was staying, with reports claiming she did not emerge from the hotel until the following morning. In June 2007, Curve ran a cover describing her as a "bi bad girl" and considered by many to be trailing an interview in which Rodriguez would out herself. Rodriguez never even did an interview with the magazine however, and therefore in response used her blog to criticize the magazine and express her feelings on the issue.
In November 2008, during an interview with the Dominican Republic's women's magazine Cayena, Rodriguez stated that she is not a lesbian.

In March 2002, Rodriguez was arrested for assault after getting into a fight with her roommate. The charges were later dropped after the roommate declined to press the allegations in court.
In November 2003, Rodriguez went to court to face eight misdemeanor charges based on two driving incidents including a hit and run and DUI. In June 2004, Rodriguez pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to three of the charges: hit and run, drunken driving, and driving with a suspended license. She went to jail for 48 hours, performed community service at the morgues of two New York hospitals, completed a three-month alcohol program, and was placed on probation for three years.
In 2005, while filming Lost in Hawaii, Rodriguez was pulled over by Honolulu police multiple times; she was cited for driving at 83 mph (134 km/h) in a 55 mph (89 km/h) zone on Oahu on November 1, and was fined $357, paid a $300 fine for driving 90 mph (140 km/h) in a 35 mph (56 km/h) zone on October 20, was fined $197 for going 80 mph (130 km/h) in a 50 mph (80 km/h) zone on August 24. On December 1, 2005, Rodriguez and her Lost co-star Cynthia Watros were pulled over (separately) and arrested for driving under the influence. Rodriguez pleaded not guilty when arraigned, but on the day of her trial in April 2006, she pleaded guilty to one charge of driving under the influence. She chose to pay a $500 fine and spend five days in jail instead of doing 240 hours of community service. Rodriguez cited her high doses of allergy-relieving steroids as part of the reason for her erratic behavior. Because the Kailua incident was a violation of her Los Angeles probation, Rodriguez was sentenced to 60 days in jail, a 30 day alcohol rehabilitation program and another 30 days of community service, including work for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, by a judge in Los Angeles on May 1, 2006. Because of overcrowding, she was released from jail on the same day she entered. She wrote about the experience on her blog.
In September 2007 however, Rodriguez allegedly violated her probation by not completing her community service and not following an alcohol education program. It was reported that Rodriguez originally submitted a document stating she performed community service on September 5, 2006, but it was later confirmed she was actually in New York City that day. Her lawyer claimed it was a clerical error. On October 10, 2007, following a hearing, she was sentenced to 180 days jail time after agreeing to admit to violating her probation. She was expected to spend the full 180-day term in jail, as she had been deemed ineligible for work furloughs and house arrest. However, after turning herself in to begin the jail term at the Century Regional Detention Facility located in Lynwood, CA on December 23, 2007, Rodriguez was released 18 days later on January 9, 2008 due to overcrowding.


Michelle Rodriguez - Personal Quotes


"I think empathy is a beautiful thing. I think that's the power of film though. We have one of the most powerful, one of the greatest communicative tools known to man. It's a form of communication and it's gonna reach you in a way of growth- most of the time."

"I don't want people thinking of me sexually. I don't want people to be like, 'She's hot-looking,' you know? I want them to listen to me for what I am saying. And I think the best way to do that is to sniff my armpits, and like, sit and burp every now and then. It just completely throws people off. I had a couple of offers to do some hot scenes in the shower with some guy and to make it real hot and sexy. The next thing you know, I'd be the next J.Lo or something. But that's easy. I want [success] the hard way."

"My favorite part of my body is my brain. I think no matter what my body looks like I wont be satisfied unless I know how to use it."

"I don't think it's narcissistic at all to love yourself and believe in yourself. I think some people are really scared to do that. I have to. If I don't, I would not succeed in what I do."

"No matter what, people are so narrow minded that it won't ever be Michelle Rodriguez the actress, it will always be Michelle Rodriguez the Latin actress. And it's just something that I have to live with, because of the fact that people need labels to understand things. I can't even get into this ignorance that I'm dealing with. So I just ignore it, you know? Ignore the ignorance."

[on why she always plays the "tough girl"]: "Well, could you really imagine me playing the girlfriend that needs rescuing? Or the girlfriend?"


Michelle Rodriguez - Filmography


Battle: Los Angeles (2011) .... Corporal Adriana Santos
Machete (2010) .... Luz
Trópico de sangre (2009) .... Minerva Mirabal
Avatar (2009) .... Trudy Chacon
... aka Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience (USA: IMAX version)
... aka James Cameron's Avatar (International: English title: promotional title)
Avatar: The Game (2009) (VG) (voice) .... Trudy Chacon
... aka James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (USA: game box title)
Los Bandoleros (2009) (V)
Fast & Furious (2009) .... Letty
... aka Fast & Furious 4 (Hong Kong: English title) (Singapore: English title)
"Lost" .... Ana Lucia Cortez (25 episodes, 2005-2009)
... aka Lost: The Final Season (USA: sixth season title)
- The Lie (2009) TV episode .... Ana Lucia Cortez
- Live Together, Die Alone (2006) TV episode (credit only) .... Ana Lucia Cortez
- Three Minutes (2006) TV episode (credit only) .... Ana Lucia Cortez
- ? (2006) TV episode .... Ana Lucia Cortez
- Two for the Road (2006) TV episode .... Ana Lucia Cortez
(20 more)
A Cat's Tale (2008) (V) (voice) .... Jujube
... aka Cats: The Movie! (USA: DVD title)
Gardens of the Night (2008) .... Lucy
Battle in Seattle (2007) .... Lou
The Breed (2006) .... Nicki
BloodRayne (2005) .... Katarin
"IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix" .... Liz Ricarro (1 episode, 2005)
- Time to Shine (2005) TV episode (voice: English version) .... Liz Ricarro
Control (2004) .... Teresa
Halo 2 (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Marine
Driv3r (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Calita
True Crime: Streets of LA (2003) (VG) (voice) .... Rosie Velasco
S.W.A.T. (2003) .... Chris Sanchez
Blue Crush (2002) .... Eden
... aka Blue Crush (Germany)
Resident Evil (2002) .... Rain Ocampo
... aka Resident Evil (France) (Germany)
The Fast and the Furious (2001) .... Letty
... aka The Fast and the Furious (Germany)
3 A.M. (2001) .... Salgado
Girlfight (2000) .... Diana Guzman


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