, In 2008, Rodriguez appeared in the political drama Battle in Seattle opposite Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson. , In early 2000, Rodriguez broke off an engagement to a Muslim boyfriend, citing opposition to religious requests he made of her. In 2009, Rodriguez also starred in Trópico de Sangre, an independent film based on the Dominican Republic's historic Mirabal sisters. , For the French-Chilean tennis player, see, CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Outstanding Latino Cast in a Feature Film, Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress, Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, "Michelle Rodriguez talks movies, female empowerment, and sex: 'I don't talk about what I do with my vagina, "Race Matters: Michelle Rodriguez Recently Discovered Her Father's Ancestors Practiced Inbreeding To Keep The Fam 'Light And Bright. She has also had numerous voice appearances in video games, such as Call of Duty and Halo, and lent her voice to the 3D animated film Turbo, and the television series IGPX. 8:05 PM PST  With her films grossing over $5 billion collectively, a 2013 Entertainment Weekly article described Rodriguez as “arguably the most iconic actress in the action genre, as well as one of the most visible Latinas in Hollywood.”.  In total, she was expelled from five schools. Her breakout role as a troubled boxer in the independent film Girlfight (2000) was met with critical acclaim, and earned her several awards, including the Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award for Best Debut Performance.  She also stated on the show that there was some racial conflict between her families, since her Puerto Rican father had a light complexion, and her Dominican mother had a dark complexion. Mayte Michelle Rodriguez was born on July 12, 1978 in San Antonio, Texas to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, a Dominican housewife & Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, a Puerto Rican U.S. Army solider. Her breakout role as a troubled boxer in the independent film Girlfight (2000) was met with critical acclaim, and earned her several awards, including the Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award for Best Debut Performance. She was partly raised by her devoutly religious maternal grandmother, and was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness (her mother's religion), although she has since abandoned the faith. Eventually it's going to wrinkle up and I'm not going to be able to use it. Mayte Michelle Rodriguez (born July 12, 1978) is an American actress. Box Office, 2019 Golden Globes Nominees: Snubs and Surprises, Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Things From the Week of June 3. 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. Movie 'Little Girl' You Should Be Afraid Of... 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In 2009, she appeared in Fast & Furious, the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious film series. STANDUPERA instagram / twitter @michihart CONTRATACIONES firstname.lastname@example.org  The following year, she starred as Letty Ortiz in the blockbuster film The Fast and the Furious (2001), a role she has reprised in six additional films throughout the Fast & Furious franchise. She cited her high doses of allergy-relieving steroids as part of the reason for her erratic behavior. Looking for something to watch? STANDUPERA instagram / twitter @michihart CONTRATACIONES email@example.com  In 2018, she starred opposite Viola Davis in Widows from award-winning director Steve McQueen, and in 2019 reunited with director James Cameron on the film Alita: Battle Angel. She also starred in The Fate of the Furious, which broke records for the largest global box office opening of all-time. , In 2015, she appeared in Furious 7 which grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide.  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. " The following year, she said in an interview that she hoped her actions would help others in a similar situation: "Maybe by me opening my big fat mouth like I usually do and stepping up and owning who I am, maybe it might inspire somebody else to do the same. Michelle Rodriguez, Actress: Avatar.  In 2001, she reportedly dated her Fast & Furious co-star Vin Diesel. , In 2005, while filming Lost in Hawaii, Rodriguez was pulled over by Honolulu police multiple times for speeding violations, and on December 1 was arrested for DUI. I am too curious to sit here and not try when I can. Mayte Michelle Rodriguez was born on July 12, 1978 in San Antonio, Texas to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, a Dominican housewife & Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, a Puerto Rican U.S. Army solider.  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. , In 2013, Entertainment Weekly quoted her as saying, "I've gone both ways. 8:05 PM PST The film itself took home a top prize at the Sundance and won Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2017, she lent her voice to Smurfs: The Lost Village. I wanted to be honest about who I am and see what happens. 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.  Because the incident was a violation of her Los Angeles probation, she 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. 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" She described herself as bisexual in another interview later that month: "Bi, yeah, I fall under the B category of LGBT." In 2013, she reprised her roles as Letty in Fast & Furious 6 and Luz / Shé in the Robert Rodriguez sequel Machete Kills.  On October 10, 2007, following a hearing, she was sentenced to 180 days' jail time after agreeing to admit to violating her probation.  A DNA test of Rodriguez, performed by the television program Finding Your Roots, found that her ancestry is 72.4% European, 21.3% African, and 6.3% Native American. Mayte Michelle Rodriguez (born July 12, 1978) is an American actress. Michelle always knew she was destined to become a star, she just... Sun, Nov 29 Rodriguez has had notable roles in other successful movies, including Letty in The Fast and the Furious (2001) and Rain Ocampo in Resident Evil (2002). " As she explained to Latina magazine, "I'm getting older. In September 2007, Rodriguez allegedly violated her probation by neither completing her community service nor following an alcohol education program. She has also appeared in a number of successful action films, including Resident Evil, S.W.A.T., Battle Los Angeles, and Avatar. , As of 2013, Rodriguez stated she was working on several projects, including a family adventure film, a drug drama, and a female-oriented period piece. Michelle Rodríguez is an actress, known for Amores verdaderos (2012), Run Coyote Run (2017) and El bienamado (2017). , In 2010, Rodriguez appeared in Robert Rodriguez's Machete.  Because of overcrowding, she was released from jail on the same day she entered. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Michelle Rodriguez/Adrian Grenier/Linda Chavez, Fast & Furious: Shooting the Big Rig Heist, Phil Jackson/Michelle Rodriguez/Dave Navarro, Playing Dead: 'Resident Evil' from Game to Screen, The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Film-Fest DVD: Issue 5 - Cannes 2000 & SXSW, The Best TV Shows About Being in Your 30s.  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 during the first season's finale, "Exodus: Part 1"), and returned for a cameo in the second episode of the show's fifth season, "The Lie", in 2009. She also appeared in Blue Crush and S.W.A.T.  In 2011, she appeared with Aaron Eckhart in the science fiction film Battle: Los Angeles which grossed over US$200 million in the worldwide box office. Regarding the lack of unconventional female roles available in films, she said, "What's wrong with being bi? , In November 2003, Rodriguez went to court to face eight misdemeanor charges based on two driving incidents, including a hit and run and driving under the influence (DUI). Men are intriguing. So are chicks. I mean, we're getting flak everywhere we go. Here are some picks to fill your Watchlist. , Rodriguez's hobbies include tactical gun training, skydiving, and DJing. In 2012, she returned to play the good clone and bad clone of Rain Ocampo in Resident Evil: Retribution. on In 2006, Rodriguez was featured in her own episode of G4's show Icons.  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. 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She briefly attended business school before quitting to pursue a career in acting, with the ultimate goal of becoming a screenwriter and director. Mayte Michelle Rodriguez was born on July 12, 1978, in San Antonio, Texas.  Rodriguez has 10 siblings and half-siblings.  Later that year, Rodriguez starred in James Cameron's high-budget sci-fi adventure epic Avatar, which became one of the highest-grossing films in history and Rodriguez's most successful film to date. Michelle Rodríguez, Actress: Amores verdaderos. Looking for something new to watch in December? She also voiced a character in DreamWorks Animation's Turbo. She dropped out of William L. Dickinson High School, but later earned her GED.  Rodriguez moved to the Dominican Republic with her mother when she was eight years old, and lived there until age 11. on Army. On television, Rodriguez played Ana Lucia Cortez in the second season of the television series Lost.  Her mother, Carmen Milady Rodriguez (née Pared Espinal),[a] is Dominican, while her father, Rafael Rodriguez, was Puerto Rican and served in the U.S. The charges were later dropped, after the roommate declined to press the allegations in court. Her lawyer claimed it was a clerical error.