Rodriguez at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Mayte Michelle Rodriguez
July 12, 1978
Mayte Michelle Rodriguez(born July 12, 1978) is an American actor. Her breakout role was as a troubled boxer in the independent film Girlfight (2000), which was met with critical acclaim and earned her several awards, including the Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award for Best Debut Performance. The following year, she starred as Letty Ortiz in the blockbuster film The Fast and the Furious (2001), a role she has reprised in five additional films in the Fast & Furious franchise. During her career, Rodriguez has played in a number of successful action films, including Resident Evil , S.W.A.T. , and Avatar .
An independent film, independent movie, indie film or indie movie, is a feature film or short film that is produced outside the major film studio system, in addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies. Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers' personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower budgets than major studio films.
Girlfight is a 2000 American sports drama film written and directed by Karyn Kusama and starring Michelle Rodriguez in both of their film debuts. It follows Diana Guzman, a troubled teenager from Brooklyn who decides to channel her aggression by training to become a boxer, despite the disapproval of both her father and her prospective trainers and competitors in the male-dominated sport.
The Film Independent Spirit Awards, founded in 1984, are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers. Winners were typically presented with acrylic glass pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the bare budgets of independent films. Since 2006, winners have received a metal trophy depicting a bird with its wings spread sitting atop of a pole with the shoestrings from the previous design wrapped around the pole.
Rodriguez also branched into television, playing Ana Lucia Cortez in the second season of the television series Lost . She has also had numerous voice work appearances in video games such as Call of Duty and Halo , and lent her voice for the 3D animated film Turbo and the television series IGPX .With her films grossing over $5 billion (U.S.) 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".
Ana Lucia Cortez is a fictional character on the ABC television series Lost, played by Michelle Rodriguez. Ana Lucia made her first appearance as a guest star in the first season finale, and became part of the main cast for season two. After Oceanic Flight 815 splits in mid-air, the tail section and fuselage crash on opposite sides of a mysterious island. Ana Lucia becomes the leader of the tail section. Flashbacks in her two centric episodes, "Collision" and "Two for the Road", show her life as a police officer before the crash.
Lost is an American drama television series that originally aired on ABC from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 episodes. The show contains elements of supernatural and science fiction, and follows the survivors of a commercial jet airliner flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, after the plane crashes on a mysterious island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The story is told in a heavily serialized manner. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline set on the island, augmented by flashback or flashforward sequences which provide additional insight into the involved characters.
Voice acting is the art of performing voice-overs or providing voices to represent a character or to provide information to an audience or user. Examples include animated, off-stage, off-screen or non-visible characters in various works, including feature films, dubbed foreign language films, animated short films, television programs, commercials, radio or audio dramas, comedy, video games, puppet shows, amusement rides, audiobooks and documentaries. Voice acting is also done for small handheld audio games.
Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas.Her mother, Carmen Milady Rodriguez (née Pared Espinal), is Dominican, and her father, Rafael Rodriguez, was a Puerto Rican, who served in the U.S. Army. Rodriguez moved to the Dominican Republic with her mother when she was eight years old and lived there until age 11. Later, she moved to Puerto Rico until the age of 17, and finally settled in Jersey City, New Jersey. She dropped out of high school, but later earned her GED. In total, she was expelled from five schools. She briefly attended business school before quitting to pursue a career in acting, with the ultimate goal of becoming a screenwriter and director.
Dominicans are people who are ethnically associated with the Dominican Republic. Dominican was historically the name for the inhabitants of the Captaincy General of Santo Domingo, the site of the first European settlement in the Western Hemisphere. The culture held in common by most Dominicans is referred to as mainstream Dominican culture, a mixture of different influences and customs having origins predominately in a European cultural basis, largely derived from the traditions of Spain, especially from Andalusia and the Canary Islands. The country has also been highly influenced by African culture, and Native Taino being a significant minority. The Dominican Republic has also received immigration from other parts of Spain such as Catalonia as well as from other European countries such as France and Portugal.
Puerto Ricans are people of ethnic origins in Puerto Rico, the inhabitants, and citizens of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and their descendants. Puerto Rico is home to people of many different national origins as well.
The United States Army (USA) is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, and is designated as the Army of the United States in the United States Constitution. As the oldest and most senior branch of the U.S. military in order of precedence, the modern U.S. Army has its roots in the Continental Army, which was formed to fight the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)—before the United States of America was established as a country. After the Revolutionary War, the Congress of the Confederation created the United States Army on 3 June 1784 to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The United States Army considers itself descended from the Continental Army, and dates its institutional inception from the origin of that armed force in 1775.
Rodriguez has 10 siblings and half-siblings. 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.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. 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.
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a documentary television series hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. that premiered on March 25, 2012 on PBS. In each episode, celebrities are presented with a "book of life" that is compiled with information researched by professional genealogists that allows them to view their ancestral histories, learn about familial connections and discover secrets about their lineage. The series was renewed for a fifth season that premiered on January 8, 2019 with guests including Paul Ryan, Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman, Christiane Amanpour, Michael Moore, Marco Rubio, S. Epatha Merkerson, Joe Madison, Tig Notaro and Ann Curry.
The indigenous peoples of Europe are the focus of European ethnology, the field of anthropology related to the various indigenous groups that reside in the nations of Europe. According to the German monograph Minderheitenrechte in Europa co-edited by Pan and Pfeil (2002) there are 87 distinct peoples of Europe, of which 33 form the majority population in at least one sovereign state, while the remaining 54 constitute ethnic minorities. The total number of national or linguistic minority populations in Europe is estimated at 105 million people, or 14% of 770 million Europeans.
The indigenous peoples of the Americas are the Pre-Columbian peoples of North, Central and South America and their descendants.
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.
Although women have participated in boxing for almost as long as the sport has existed, female fights have been effectively outlawed for most of boxing's history, with athletic commissioners refusing to sanction or issue licenses to women boxers, and most nations officially banning the sport. Reports of women entering the ring go back to the 18th century.
The Deauville American Film Festival is a yearly film festival devoted to American cinema, taking place since 1975 in Deauville, France.
The Gotham Independent Film Awards are American film awards, presented annually to the makers of independent films at a ceremony in New York City, the city first nicknamed "Gotham" by native son Washington Irving, in an issue of Salmagundi, published on November 11, 1807. Part of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), "the largest membership organization in the United States dedicated to independent film", the awards were inaugurated in 1991 as a means of showcasing and honoring films made primarily in the northeastern region of the United States.
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). She also appeared in 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 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 returned again in the penultimate episode of the series, "What They Died For", in 2010. In 2006, Rodriguez was featured in her own episode of G4's show Icons.
The Fast and the Furious is a 2001 crime action adventure film directed by Rob Cohen and written by Gary Scott Thompson and David Ayer. It is the first installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. It was released in the United States on June 22, 2001. The Fast and the Furious follows Brian O'Conner, an undercover cop tasked with discovering the identities of a group of unknown automobile hijackers led by Dominic Toretto.
Resident Evil is a 2002 action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius, James Purefoy, Martin Crewes, and Colin Salmon. It is the first installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the video game series of the same name.
Blue Crush is a 2002 sports film directed by John Stockwell and based on Susan Orlean's Outside magazine article "Life's Swell". The film stars Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe Lake and Mika Boorem, and tells the story of three friends who have one passion: living the ultimate dream of surfing on Hawaii's famed North Shore.
In 2008, Rodriguez appeared in the political drama Battle in Seattle opposite Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson.In 2009, she appeared in Fast & Furious , the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious film series. Later that year, Rodriguez starred in James Cameron's high-budget sci-fi adventure epic Avatar , which became the highest-grossing film in history and Rodriguez's most successful film to date. In 2009, Rodriguez also starred in Trópico de Sangre , an independent film based on the Dominican Republic's historic Mirabal sisters.
In 2010, Rodriguez appeared in Robert Rodriguez's Machete . US$200 million in the worldwide box office. In 2012, she returned to play the good clone and bad clone of Rain Ocampo in Resident Evil: Retribution . In 2013, she reprised her roles as Letty in Fast & Furious 6 and Luz / Shé in the Robert Rodriguez sequel Machete Kills . She also voiced a character in DreamWorks Animation's Turbo .In 2011, she appeared with Aaron Eckhart in the science fiction film Battle: Los Angeles which grossed over
In 2015, she appeared in Furious 7 which grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide.In 2016 she starred in The Assignment alongside Sigourney Weaver. In 2017, she lent her voice to Smurfs: The Lost Village . She also starred in The Fate of the Furious , which broke records for the largest global box office opening of all-time. 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 .
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.
Rodriguez's hobbies include tactical gun training,skydiving, and DJing.
In early 2000, Rodriguez broke off an engagement to a Muslim boyfriend, citing opposition to religious requests he made of her.She has since reportedly dated actor Vin Diesel eleven years her senior.
In 2013, Entertainment Weekly quoted her saying: "I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks."
As she explained to Latina magazine: "I'm getting older. Eventually it's going to wrinkle up and I'm not going to be able to use it. I wanted to be honest about who I am and see what happens."
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."She described herself as bisexual in another interview later that month: "Bi, yeah, I fall under the B category of LGBT". Regarding the lack of unconventional female roles available in films, she said: "What's wrong with being bi? I mean, we're getting flak everywhere we go."
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 driving under the influence (DUI). 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 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
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. US$500 fine and spend five days in jail.In April 2006, she pleaded guilty to one charge of driving under the influence, and chose to pay a
She cited her high doses of allergy-relieving steroids as part of the reason for her erratic behavior. days in jail, a 30-day alcohol rehabilitation program, and another 30 days of community service, including work for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Because of overcrowding, she was released from jail on the same day she entered.Because the incident was a violation of her Los Angeles probation, she was sentenced to 60
In September 2007, Rodriguez allegedly violated her probation by neither completing her community service nor following an alcohol education program. Her lawyer claimed it was a clerical error. days' jail time after agreeing to admit to violating her probation. She was expected to spend the full 180-day term in jail but was released 18 days later due to overcrowding. In January 2009, Rodriguez completed her community service.On October 10, 2007, following a hearing, she was sentenced to 180
|2001||The Fast and the Furious||Letty Ortiz|
|2002||Resident Evil||Rain Ocampo|
|2003||S.W.A.T.||Officer Chris Sanchez|
|2007||Battle in Seattle||Lou|
|2008||Gardens of the Night||Lucy|
|2009||Fast & Furious||Letty Ortiz|
|2009||Los Bandoleros||Letty Ortiz||Short film|
|2009||Avatar||Captain Trudy Chacon|
|2010||Machete||Luz / Shé|
|2010||Trópico de Sangre||Minerva Mirabal|
|2011||Battle: Los Angeles||Technical Sergeant Elana Santos|
|2011||Fast Five||Letty Ortiz||Uncredited|
|2012||Resident Evil: Retribution||Rain Ocampo|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||Letty Ortiz|
|2013||Machete Kills||Luz / Shé|
|2015||Furious 7||Letty Ortiz|
|2016||The Assignment||Frank Kitchen / Tomboy|
|2016||Milton's Secret||Ms. Ferguson|
|2017||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Smurf Storm (voice)|
|2017||The Fate of the Furious||Letty Ortiz|
|2019||Alita: Battle Angel||Gelda||Uncredited|
|2020||Fast & Furious 9||Letty Ortiz||Pre-production|
|2003||Slavi's Show||Herself||TV show (1 episode)|
|2005–06||Immortal Grand Prix||Liz Ricarro||26 episodes|
Voice: English version
|Lost||Ana Lucia Cortez||Guest (season 1)|
Main cast (season 2)
Special guest star (season 5 & 6): 22 episodes
|2011||CollegeHumor Original||Jessica||Episode: "Sorority Pillow Fight"|
|2012||Germany's Next Top Model||Herself||Episode: "A Dream Comes True: Hollywood is Waiting"|
|2015||Running Wild with Bear Grylls||Herself||Episode: "Michelle Rodriguez"|
|2015||Super Into||Herself||Episode: "Michelle Rodriguez is Super Into Superbikes"|
|2000||"I Can Do Too"||Cole featuring Queen Latifah|
|2001||"Always on Time"||Ja Rule and Ashanti|
|2002||"If I Could Fall in Love"||Lenny Kravitz|
|2018||"Nice for What"||Drake|
|2003||True Crime: Streets of LA||Rosie Velasco|
|2004||Driver 3||Calita Martinez|
|2009||James Cameron's Avatar: The Game||Captain Trudy Chacon|
|2012||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Strike Force Soldier|
|2015||Fast & Furious: Supercharged||Letty|
|2001||Chicago Film Critics Association Award||Most Promising Newcomer||Nominated|
|Deauville Film Festival||Best Female Performance||Won|
|ALMA Award||Outstanding Latino Cast in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|Black Reel Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Award||Best Debut Performance||Won|
|National Board of Review Award||Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress||Won|
|Gotham Award||Breakthrough Performance||Won|
|Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Best Female Newcomer||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society Award||Best Breakthrough Performance||Nominated|
|2002||ALMA Award||Best Actress in Film||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries||Nominated|
|2002||MTV Movie Award||Best On-Screen Team (with Kate Bosworth and Sanoe Lake)||Nominated|
|Imagen Foundation Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Film||Won|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Won|
|Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||Nominated|
|2006||Golden Raspberry Award||Worst Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2009||ALMA Award||Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|2011||ALMA Award||Favorite Movie Actress-Drama/Adventure||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer Movie Star: Female||Nominated|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action||Nominated|
|People's Choice Award||Favorite Action Movie Actress||Nominated|
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Action||The Fate of the Furious||Nominated|
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