Name:
Michelle Rodriguez
Birth Date:
July 12, 1978
Birth Place:
Bexar County, Texas, USA
Height:
5' 6
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
Her role as Diana Guzman in 'Girlfight' (2000)
Profession:
actress
BIOGRAPHY
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Girlfight

Background:

Associated with her tough character roles, American actress Michelle Rodriguez made an auspicious debut as boxing teenager Diana Guzman in the acclaimed independent movie “Girlfight” (2000). For her dazzling effort, she was awarded a National Board of Review Award, a Gotham Award, a Deauville of American Cinema Award, an Independent Award and a Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award. She has since appeared in popular films like “The Fast and the Furious” (2001), and its sequels, “Fast & Furious” (2009) and “Fast & Furious 6” (2013), “Resident Evil” (2002) and its 2012 installment, “Resident Evil: Retribution,” “Avatar” (2009) as well as in the hit series “Lost” (2005-2010), from which she took home a Screen Actors Guild Award and an ALMA Award. Rodriguez will reprise her role as Letty in the upcoming “Fast & Furious 7” (2014).     

Rodriguez’s life outside the limelight is as interesting as her screen career.  One of Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women In The World’ (2002) and the 34th of Maxim’s “100 Sexiest Women” (2002), Rodriguez has been involved in numerous legal battles, including being arrested and charged for attacking her female roommate (2002) and spending jail time for violence, drunk driving and driving with a suspended license (2004). The American beauty of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent was released from jail in May 2006 after serving less than a day of a 60-day jail sentence for abusing trial terms after her drunk driving arrest in Hawaii in 2005. Recalling her experience in prison, she said, “I have a really good belief in destiny.  It’s like, if I’m gonna be killed in there, I’m gonna be killed in there.  But people were cool.” She added, “It was so cool.  I love people, and it was a primal crew.  The only thing that keeps them going is fighting for salt and making dice out of soap.”

In September 2007, Rodriguez allegedly violated her probation by not attending an alcohol education program and not finishing her community service. In a hearing, on October 10, 2007, she was sentenced to a three month jail time after accepting to admit to violating her probation. She began her jail term on  December 23, 2007 at the Century Regional Detention Facility, Lynwood, California, but was released 18 days later on January 9, 2008, because of overcrowding.  

As for her love life, Rodriguez was formerly linked to “Fast and the Furious” co-star Vin Diesel.

In September 2013, Rodriguez publicly confirmed about her bisexuality. She told Entertainment Weekly, “I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f---ing curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks."
    

Skater

Childhood and Family:

On July 12, 1978, Michelle Marie Rodriguez was born to Gabriel Eusebio and Almarys Ortiz.  A native of Bell County, Texas, she spent her early years in Texas until her parents’ separation in 1986. She then moved to the Dominican Republic to live with her devout, religious maternal grandmother who raised her as a Jehovah’s Witness. Two years later, Michelle moved in with her father in Puerto Rico and lived there until she was 11. Michelle then relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, to live with her mother. Michelle is the younger sister of twin brothers, Raul and Oscar.  As for school, she dropped out of high school at age 17 after being kicked out of six schools. She later returned and graduated via an equivalency diploma.       

Michelle is a passionate in-line skater and plays the piano.   


Fast & Furious    

Career:

Michelle Rodriguez got her start in the entertainment industry as a film extra in “Cradle Will Rock,” Spike Lee’s “Summer of Sam” and “For Love of the Game.”  She quickly hit the big time when she won the starring role of Diana Guzman, a hard-hitting, troubled high school student who escapes her hostility by boxing, in the low-budget, independent “Girlfight” (2000).  Beating 350 other applicants, she gave evidence to both audiences and critics alike that she was the right choice for the part by netting several awards such as a National Board of Review and a Gotham for Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress, a Deauville of American Cinema for Best Female Performance, an Independent Spirit for Best Debut Performance and a Las Vegas Film Critics Society for Best Female Newcomer.  As for the film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, the Karyn Kusama-helmed movie became a favorite among juries and won a Grand Jury Prize.  

Rodriguez followed that up with a starring role as a tough NYC cabbie named Salgado in the Showtime original production “3 A.M.”  The 2001 film also starred Danny Glover and Pam Grier.  Michelle verified her rising status when filmmaker Rob Cohen cast her as the female lead, opposite Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, in the blockbuster smash hit “The Fast and the Furious,” that same year.  Along with the film’s success, the actress also enjoyed a highly publicized romance with co-star Vin Diesel.

In 2002, Rodriguez was again put in the mainstream with her role of Rain Ocampo, a zombie-killing commando, in the action film “Resident Evil,” director Paul W.S. Anderson’s adaptation of a video game with the same name.  The successful movie also starred Milla Jovovich. Still in 2002, the feisty Jersey girl earned a MTV Movie nomination for Best On-Screen Team for her impressive collaboration with costars Kate Bosworth and Sanoe Lake in the surfing-themed movie “Blue Crush.”   

Rodriguez then shared the screen with Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell in the action movie “S.W.A.T.” (2003, played Chris), where she picked up an Imagen Foundation for Best Supporting Actress in a Film for her role as Officer Chris Sanchez, lent her voice for three video games: “True Crime: Streets of LA” (2003), “Driv3r” (2004) and “Halo 2” (2004), before returning in front of the film camera with the supporting turn of Teresa in the thriller “Control” (2004), for director Tim Hunter. In 2005, she worked with Salma Hayek for the Puerto Rican animated Sian Ka’an and tasted the waters of action/horror again in Uwe Boll’s “BloodRayne,” also with Kristanna Loken, Matthew Davis, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen and Billy Zane.

Also in 2005, Rodriguez made her TV series debut as a regular in the hit ABC drama/thriller “Lost,” playing tough Ana-Lucia Cortez.The role brought her an ALMA for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Series and a Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series both in 2006. Her distinctive, husky voice could be heard as Liz in the animated TV series “IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix” (2005).

Rodriguez portrayed Nicki in the Nicholas Mastandrea-directed film “The Breed” (2006), opposite Eric Lively, Oliver Hudson, Taryn Manning and Hill Harper, Lou in Stuart Townsend's drama “Battle in Seattle” (2007), opposite André Benjamin, Jennifer Carpenter and Isaach De Bankolé, and Lucy (Woman in Car) in Damian Harris' “Gardens of the Night” (2008), starring Gillian Jacobs, John Malkovich, Ryan Simpkins and Tom Arnold. She reprised her role as Leticia “Letty” Ortiz in “Fast & Furious” (2009), the fourth installment in “The Fast and the Furious” film series. She was nominated for an ALMA Award in the category of Actress in Film for her work in the film. Also in 2009, she Captain Trudy Chacon played the role of Captain Trudy Chacon on James Cameron's epic movie “Avatar.”  

The following years saw Rodriguez appear in films such as “Tropico de Sangre” (2010), “Machete” (2010), “Battle Los Angeles” (2011), where she was nominated for an ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actress – Drama/Adventure for her role as TSgt. Elena Santos, “Blacktino” (2011), and  “Resident Evil: Retribution” (2012), for which she reprised her role as Rain Ocampo. She made a guest appearance in an episode of “CollegeHumor Originals” called “Sorority Pillow Fight” (2011).

Recently, in 2013, Rodriguez starred with Rob Schneider, Adrien Brody and Lindsay Lohan in the satirical sketch comedy film “InAPPropriate Comedy,” helmed by Vince Offer. She returned to play Letty in “Fast & Furious 6,” which was released internationally on May 24, 2013. She received a Teen Choice nomination in the category of Choice Summer Movie Star: Female for her performance. Rodriguez also played Luz in the Robert Rodriguez directed action movie “Machete Kills” (2013) and provided the voice of Paz on the animated film “Turbo” (2013).

Rodriguez has completed filming the role of Olivia in the short film “Second Act” (2013). She will play Letty in the upcoming sequel “Fast & Furious 7,” which is scheduled to be released on July 11, 2014.
 

Awards:

Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, “Lost,”2006
ALMA: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Television Series, “Lost,” 2006
Imagen Foundation: Imagen Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Film, “S.W.A.T.”, 2004
Las Vegas Film Critics Society: Sierra Award - Best Female Newcomer, “Girlfight,” 2001
Independent Spirit: Best Debut Performance, “Girlfight,” 2001
Deauville Film Festival: Acting Prize - Best Female Performance, “Girlfight,” 2000
Gotham: Breakthrough Award, “Girlfight,” 2000
National Board of Review: Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress, “Girlfight,” 2000
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