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Dawson in June 2016
Born
Rosario Isabel Dawson

(1979-05-09) May 9, 1979 (age 39) [1]
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • producer
  • writer
Years active1995–present
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Rosario Isabel Dawson [2] (born May 9, 1979) [3] is an American actress, producer, singer, comic book writer, and political activist. She made her feature film debut in the 1995 independent drama Kids . Her subsequent film roles include He Got Game (1998), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Men in Black II (2002), 25th Hour (2002), Rent (2005), Sin City (2005), Death Proof (2007), Seven Pounds (2008), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Unstoppable (2010), and Top Five (2014). Dawson has also provided voice-over work for Disney and DC Comics.

<i>Kids</i> (film) 1995 film by Larry Clark

Kids is a 1995 American independent coming-of-age film directed by Larry Clark with a screenplay by Harmony Korine from a screen story by Clark and Jim Lewis. It stars Chloë Sevigny, Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Rosario Dawson, and Jon Abrahams, all in their film debuts. Kids is centered on a day in the life of a group of teenagers in New York City and their hedonistic behavior towards sex and substance abuse during the mid-1990s. The film generated a massive controversy upon its release in 1995, and caused much public debate over its artistic merit, even receiving an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. It was later released without a rating.

<i>He Got Game</i> 1998 film by Spike Lee

He Got Game is a 1998 American sports drama film written, produced and directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington. This is the third of four film collaborations between Washington and Lee.

<i>Josie and the Pussycats</i> (film) 2001 film by Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

Josie and the Pussycats is a 2001 musical comedy film released by Universal Pictures, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Directed and co-written by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, the film is loosely based on the Archie Comics series and the Hanna-Barbera cartoon of the same name. The film stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid, and Rosario Dawson as the Pussycats, with Alan Cumming, Parker Posey, Gabriel Mann, Paulo Costanzo, and Missi Pyle in supporting roles. The film received mixed reviews and was a box office bomb upon its initial release, but has enjoyed later success as a cult film.

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For her role in Rent , Dawson won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture; for her role in Top Five , she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy.

<i>Rent</i> (film) 2005 film by Chris Columbus

Rent is a 2005 American musical drama film directed by Chris Columbus. It is an adaptation of the 1996 Broadway musical of the same name, in turn based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. The film, which features six of the original Broadway cast members reprising their roles, depicts the lives of several Bohemians and their struggles with sexuality, drugs, paying their rent, and life under the shadow of AIDS. It takes place in the East Village of New York City from 1989 to 1990.

The Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture is one of the Satellite Awards presented annually by the International Press Academy. In 2011, the IPA pared down its Satellite nominations in the motion picture categories from 22 to 19 classifications; the change reflects the merger of drama and comedy under a general Best Picture heading, including the Best Actor/Actress headings and the Supporting headings.

<i>Top Five</i> 2014 film by Chris Rock

Top Five is a 2014 American comedy film written and directed by Chris Rock. The film, which stars Rock, Rosario Dawson, and Gabrielle Union, was screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The movie follows New York City comedian and film star Andre Allen, who has to confront his past and comedic career while doing an interview with journalist Chelsea Brown. The film was released on December 12, 2014, by Paramount Pictures, grossing $26.1 million against a $12 million budget.

Dawson is also known for having several roles in comic book adaptations including Gail in Sin City (2005) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), providing the voices of Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the DC Animated Movie Universe and Barbara Gordon / Batgirl in The Lego Batman Movie , as well as her portrayal of Claire Temple in five of the Marvel/Netflix series: Daredevil (2015–2016), Jessica Jones (2015), Luke Cage (2016–2018), Iron Fist and The Defenders (both 2017).

<i>Sin City</i> (film) 2005 American crime thriller film written, produced and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez

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<i>Sin City: A Dame to Kill For</i> 2014 US crime-thriller film

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Wonder Woman superhero appearing in DC Comics publications and related media

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Early life

Dawson was born on May 9, 1979, in New York City. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer of Puerto Rican and Cuban ancestry. Isabel was 16 years old when Rosario was born; she never married Rosario's biological father, Patrick C. Harris. [4] [5] When Rosario was a year old, her mother married Greg Dawson, a construction worker, who "loved and raised Rosario as his own daughter". [4] Dawson stated, "He's always been my dad." Dawson has a half-brother, Clay, who is four years younger.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States and thus also in the state of New York. With an estimated 2017 population of 8,622,698 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 20,320,876 people in its 2017 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 23,876,155 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Puerto Ricans ethnic group

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.

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At age 21, Isabel moved the family into an abandoned building, a squat on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she and her husband renovated an apartment and installed the plumbing and electrical wiring for the building, creating affordable housing where Rosario and Clay would grow up. Dawson has cited this part of her history when explaining how she learned that, "If you wanted something better, you had to do it all yourself." [6] [7]

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The Lower East Side, sometimes abbreviated as LES, is a neighborhood in the southeastern part of the New York City borough of Manhattan, roughly located between the Bowery and the East River, and Canal Street and Houston Street. Traditionally an immigrant, working class neighborhood, it began rapid gentrification in the mid-2000s, prompting the National Trust for Historic Preservation to place the neighborhood on their list of America's Most Endangered Places.

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Career

As a child, Dawson made a brief appearance on Sesame Street . At the age of 15, she was subsequently discovered on her front-porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, where Korine lauded her as being perfect for a part he had written in his screenplay that would become the controversial 1995 film Kids . She went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters including Rent , He Got Game and Men in Black II . [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

<i>Sesame Street</i> American childrens television program

Sesame Street is an American educational children's television series that combines live action, sketch comedy, animation and puppetry. It is produced by Sesame Workshop and was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its images communicated through the use of Jim Henson's Muppets, and includes short films, with humor and cultural references. The series premiered on November 10, 1969, to positive reviews, some controversy, and high viewership; it has aired on the U.S.'s national public television provider PBS since its debut, with its first run moving to premium channel HBO on January 16, 2016.

Larry Clark American photographer and filmmaker

Lawrence Donald Clark is an American film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is best known for his controversial teen film Kids (1995) and his photography book Tulsa. His work focuses primarily on youth who casually engage in illegal drug use, underage sex, and violence, and who are part of a specific subculture, such as surfing, punk rock or skateboarding.

Harmony Korine American film director and screenwriter

Harmony Korine is an American film director and screenwriter. He is best known for writing Kids and for writing and directing Spring Breakers, Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy and Mister Lonely. His film Trash Humpers premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won the main prize, the DOX Award, at CPH:DOX in November 2009. His most recent film, Spring Breakers, was released in 2013. Korine is due to release his first project in 6 years, The Beach Bum, in 2019.

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Dawson at the 1st Streamy Awards in March 2009

In 1998, Dawson teamed up with Prince for the re-release of his 1980s hit "1999". [13] The new remixed version featured the actress in an introductory voice over, offering commentary on the state of the world in the year before the new millennium. [14] The following year, she appeared in The Chemical Brothers' video for the song "Out of Control" from the album Surrender . [15] She is also featured on the track "She Lives In My Lap" from the second disc of the OutKast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below , in which she speaks the intro and a brief interlude towards the end.

In 2001, she appeared in the movie, Josie and the Pussycats as band member Valerie Brown.

Dawson starred as Naturelle Rivera, the love interest of a convicted drug dealer played by Edward Norton, in the 2002 Spike Lee film drama, 25th Hour . In the 2004 Oliver Stone film Alexander , she played the bride of Alexander the Great. In the autumn of 2005, Dawson appeared on stage as Julia in the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" revival of Two Gentlemen of Verona . [16] It was her first appearance on stage. [17]

In the film adaptation of the popular musical Rent in 2005, she played the exotic dancer Mimi Marquez, replacing Daphne Rubin-Vega, who was pregnant and unable to play the part. She also appeared in the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City , co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, portraying Gail, a prostitute-dominatrix. Also in that year, she appeared in a graphically violent scene in the Rob Zombie film The Devil's Rejects . Though the scene was cut from the final film, it is available in the deleted scenes on the DVD release.

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Dawson at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

She starred as Becky in 2006's Clerks II , and mentioned in Back to the Well, the making-of documentary, that the donkey show sequence was what made her decide to take the role. In May of the same year, Dawson, an avid comic book fan, co-created and co-wrote the comic book miniseries Occult Crimes Taskforce . [18] She was at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con to promote the comic. She co-starred with former Rent alum Tracie Thoms in the Quentin Tarantino throwback movie Death Proof in 2007, part of the Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grindhouse . She teamed up with friend Talia Lugacy, whom she met at the Lee Strasberg Academy, to produce and star in Descent . [19] On July 7, 2007, Dawson presented at the American leg of Live Earth.

In 2008, Dawson starred with Will Smith in Seven Pounds and in Eagle Eye , produced by Steven Spielberg. Beginning in August, she starred in Gemini Division , an online science fiction series. In the computer animated series Afterworld , she voiced the character Officer Delondre Baines. [20] On January 17, 2009, Dawson hosted Saturday Night Live . Later in the year, she voiced Artemis of Bana-Mighdall in the animated film Wonder Woman . [21]

In 2009, Dawson performed in The People Speak , a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States . [22] In 2009, Dawson also voiced the character of Velvet Von Black in Rob Zombie's animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto . For the Kasabian album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum , she is featured singing on the track "West Ryder Silver Bullet".

In 2010, she starred in the movies Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief , as Persephone, and Unstoppable , as railway yardmaster Connie. In 2013, she played Apple's mother in the independent film Gimme Shelter . The following year, she reprised her role as Gail in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For . In 2015, she played Claire Temple in the Netflix web television series Daredevil , a role which she reprised in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage . [23] Dawson's likeness was also used in the Jessica Jones tie-in comic as her character on both shows. Dawson has continued this role in 2017 in Iron Fist and The Defenders . In 2018, she played the female lead role in the Netflix movie, Krystal .

Personal life

After months of speculation, Dawson and comedian Eric Andre confirmed in February 2017 that they were in a relationship. [24] Rosario shared in September 2017 that she and Andre were still together and he supported her during surgery due to a ruptured ovarian cyst and internal bleeding. As of November 2017, the couple had separated. [25]

Dawson is a self-professed Trekkie who mentioned both her and her brother's love of Star Trek in an interview with Conan O'Brien, and also demonstrated her knowledge of several Klingon words. [26]

Dawson adopted a 12-year-old girl in 2014. [27]

As of March 2019, Dawson confirmed that she is dating New Jersey Senator and former mayor of Newark, New Jersey Cory Booker. [28]

Politics

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Dawson at the Bernie Sanders rally in Washington Square Park in April 2016

Dawson was arrested in 2004, while protesting against president George W. Bush. [29]

Dawson endorsed Barack Obama for re-election in 2012, [30] and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 Democratic Party primaries. [31]

On April 15, 2016, Dawson was among the protesters arrested during Democracy Spring in Washington, D.C. [32]

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Dawson endorsed U.S. Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein, saying she could not support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, as she felt they were for the elites. [33]

Philanthropy

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Dawson at the 2008 Willow Awards

Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club [34] and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Operation USA, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the International Rescue Committee, Voto Latino, [35] and Stay Close.org, a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle [36] Frank Jump. [37] She has participated in the Vagina Monologues (she refers to her vagina as "The General") [38] and serves on the board for V-Day, a global non-profit movement that raises funds for women's anti-violence groups through benefits of this play. [39]

In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor.com's philanthropy program, More Than Footprints, Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy and Save The Children. Also in October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign, [40] a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence. In 2012, Dawson partnered with SodaStream International in launching the first annual Unbottle the World Day, a campaign conceived in an effort to raise awareness to the impact of cans and plastic bottles on the environment. [41] Dawson also sits on the Board of Directors of Scenarios USA, which works to support a generation of reflective, outspoken, and confident youth through filmmaking and uses film to educate students through a variety of programs.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995 Kids Ruby
1997Girls' Night OutGirlShort film
1998 He Got Game Lala Bonilla
Side Streets Marisol Hidalgo
1999 Light It Up Stephanie Williams
2000 Down to You Lana
King of the Jungle Veronica
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Valerie Brown
Sidewalks of New York Maria Tedesko
Trigger HappyDee
Chelsea Walls Audrey
2002 Ash Wednesday Grace Quinonez
The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Alisa
Men in Black II Laura Vasquez
The Adventures of Pluto Nash Dina Lake
Love in the Time of Money Anna
25th Hour Naturelle Riviera
2003 V-Day: Until the Violence Stops Herself
This Girl's Life Martine
Shattered Glass Andy Fox
The Rundown Mariana
2004 Alexander Roxana
2005 This Revolution Tina Santiago
Sin City Gail
Little Black DressHaleyShort film
Rent Mimi Marquez
2006 Clerks II Rebecca "Becky" Scott
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Laurie
2007 Death Proof (Grindhouse)Abernathy Ross
Descent MayaAlso producer
2008Explicit IllsBabo's Mom
Eagle Eye Zoe Perez
Killshot Donna
Seven Pounds Emily Posa
2009 Wonder Woman Artemis (voice)
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Velvet Von Black (voice)
The People Speak Herself
2010AwakeRobinShort film
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Persephone
Unstoppable Connie Hooper
2011 Miss Representation Herself
Girl Walks into a Bar June
Zookeeper Kate
10 Years Mary
2012 Fire with Fire Talia Durham
Hotel Noir Sevilla, the Maid
2013 Trance Elizabeth Lamb
Gimme Shelter June Bailey
César Chávez Dolores Huerta
Parts per Billion Mia
Raze Rachel
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Gail
The Ever After Herself
The Captive Nicole
Top Five Chelsea Brown
2015 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Nyx (voice)
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (voice)
Puerto Ricans in Paris Vanessa
2016 Justice League vs. Teen Titans Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (voice)
Ratchet & Clank Elaris (voice)
2017 Justice League Dark Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (voice)
The Lego Batman Movie Barbara Gordon / Batgirl (voice)
Unforgettable Julia Banks
Krystal Krystal Bryant
2018 Sorry to Bother You Voice in Elevator (voice)
The Death of Superman Diana Prince / Wonder Woman (voice)
Henchmen Jolene (voice)
2019 Someone Great HannahPost-production
Zombieland: Double Tap NevadaFilming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003 Punk'd HerselfSeason 1; episode 8
2007 Robot Chicken Various (voice)Episode: "More Blood, More Chocolate"
2008 Gemini Division Anna DiazWeb series; 50 episodes; also executive producer
2009 Saturday Night Live HerselfEpisode: "Rosario Dawson/Fleet Foxes"
2009 SpongeBob SquarePants Episode: "Truth or Square"
2011 Five LiliTelevision film
2015–2016 Daredevil Claire Temple 8 episodes
2015 Jessica Jones Episode: "AKA Smile"
2016–2018 Luke Cage 11 episodes
2017 Iron Fist 6 episodes
2017 The Defenders Miniseries
6 episodes
2018–present Jane the Virgin Jane "J.R." Ramos10 episodes
2018 Elena of Avalor Daria (voice)2 episodes
2019 Weird City DeltEpisode: "A Family"
2019 The Last Kids on Earth (TV series) (voice) [42]

Music video

YearArtistSongNotes
1999 The Chemical Brothers "Out of Control"
2002 Aaliyah "Miss You"Cameo
2017 Jay Z featuring Beyoncé "Family Feud"Promo video for Tidal
2018 Jesse Boykins III "Earth Girls"Cameo

Video games

YearTitleVoice roleNotes
2006 Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Tina
2012 Syndicate Lily Drawl
2016 Ratchet & Clank Elaris
Dishonored 2 Meagan Foster / Billie Lurk
Lego Dimensions Barbara Gordon / Batgirl Credited as "Rasario Dawson"
2017 Wilson's Heart Elsa Wolcott
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Billie Lurk

Audio Books

YearTitleAuthor
2017 Artemis Andy Weir

Awards and nominations

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Claire Temple is a character portrayed by Rosario Dawson in the television series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), based on the Marvel Comics characters Claire Temple and Night Nurse. A nurse who gives medical aid to vigilantes, she was created for the first season of Daredevil (2015). Dawson then signed a deal to return for the second season of the series (2016), as well as potentially appear in any other Marvel Netflix series. She has since reprised the role in Jessica Jones (2015), Luke Cage (2016–2018), Iron Fist (2017–2018), and The Defenders (2017). The character has also appeared in a Jessica Jones tie-in comic (2015).

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