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Michelle Rodriguez

Facts about Michelle Rodriguez

Date of Birth:12 July 1978
Birthplace:Bexar County, Texas
First Name:Michelle
Middle Name:Mayte
Last Name:Rodriguez
Height:5' 4?" (164 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Black
Star Sign:Cancer
Claim to Fame:Girlfight, Resident Evil
Religion:Jahovah's Witness
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Michelle Rodriguez

Mayte Michelle Rodriguez (born Jul. 12, 1978 (43 years ago)), better known as Michelle Rodriguez, is an American actress, mostly known for playing tough-girl roles and starring in Hollywood blockbusters such as Fast & Furious, Resident Evil, and S.W.A.T. as well as her role as Ana Lucia Cortez in the TV series Lost.

Early years

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 U.S. 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 one of Jehovah's Witnesses (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 11, 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 (21 years ago) independent film, Girlfight. Rodriguez's performance as Diana Guzman, a troubled teen who decides to channel her aggression by training to become a boxer, was recognized by both critics and audiences, but despite major industry buzz of a possible Academy Award nomination, she did not receive the Oscar nod. Rodriguez did however accumulate several other significant awards and nominations for the role in independent circles, including major acting accolades from the National Board of Review, Deauville movie Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, Las Vegas movie Critics Sierra Awards, and many others. The movie itself took home top prizes at both the Sundance and Cannes movie Festivals.

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 (17 years ago), Rodriguez lent her voice to the video game Halo 2 (22 walls), playing a Marine. She also provided the voice of Liz Ricarro in the Cartoon Network series IGPX. From 2005 (16 years ago) to 2006 (15 years ago), she played tough cop Ana Lucia Cortez on the TV 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 (12 years ago). In 2006 (15 years ago), Rodriguez was featured in her own episode of G4's show Icons.

In 2008 (13 years ago), she appeared in Battle in Seattle alongside Charlize Theron. Rodriguez next appeared in the latest installment of the The Fast and the Furious franchise, which was titled simply Fast & Furious and released to theaters on Apr. 3, 2009 (12 years ago). Rodriguez can also be seen in James Cameron's upcoming $200 million sci-fi adventure Avatar, due out dec. 18, 2009 (12 years ago).

She recently wrapped filming on Trópico de Sangre, an independent movie she is co-producing with her production company Cheshire Kat Productions, based on the Dominican Republic's historic Mirabal sisters who were assassinated in 1960 (61 years ago) by the Dominican dictator Trujillo for opposing his rule.

Rodriguez is currently slated to begin filming on Robert Rodriguez's Machete, after which she will appear alongside Aaron Eckhart in the sci-fi movie Battle: Los Angeles.

Personal life

In early 2000 (21 years ago), Rodriguez broke off a near engagement to a Muslim boyfriend, citing opposition to religious requirements he demanded of her, which included covering herself completely. Around 2001 (20 years ago), Rodriguez dated her The Fast and the Furious co-star, Vin Diesel. In 2003 (18 years ago), 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 (15 years ago), she "had her eye on" Irish actor and S.W.A.T. co-star, Colin Farrell. In Jul. 2006 (15 years ago), Rodriguez told UK's Cosmopolitan magazine that she was not gay, but had "experimented with both sexes." In Nov. of 2006 (15 years ago), 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 Loken has since married Noah Danby.

In early 2007 (14 years ago), 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 didn't emerge from the hotel until the following morning. In Jun. 2007 (14 years ago), 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.

When asked by Latina Magazine in Apr. 2008 (13 years ago) about the constant questions and speculation surrounding her sexuality, Rodriguez responded, "I don't answer those questions. I just keep it to myself and it's nobody's business. If I wanna fuck a girl, a boy, a dog—that's my business."

In Nov. 2008 (13 years ago), during an interview with the Dominican Republic's women's magazine Cayena, Rodriguez stated that she is not a lesbian.

Legal troubles

In Mar. 2002 (19 years ago), 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 Nov. 2003 (18 years ago), Rodriguez went to court to face eight misdemeanor charges based on two driving incidents including a hit and run and DUI. In Jun. 2004 (17 years ago), 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 (16 years ago), while filming Lost in Hawaii, Rodriguez was pulled over by Honolulu police multiple times; she was cited for driving 83 mph (134 km/h) in a 55 mph (89 km/h) zone on Oahu on Nov. 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 Oct. 20, was fined $197 for going 80 mph (130 km/h) in a 50 mph (80 km/h) zone on Aug. 24. On dec. 1, 2005 (16 years ago), 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 Apr. 2006 (15 years ago), 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 (15 years ago). Because of overcrowding, she was released from jail on the same day she entered it. She wrote about the experience on her blog.

In sep. 2007 (14 years ago) 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 sep. 5, 2006 (15 years ago), but it was later confirmed she was actually in New York City that day. Her lawyer claimed it was a clerical error. On Oct. 10, 2007 (14 years ago), 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 dec. 23, 2007 (14 years ago), Rodriguez was released 18 days later on Jan. 9, 2008 (13 years ago) due to overcrowding.


  • Battle: Los Angeles (2010, 11 years ago) (pre-production).... Corporal Adriana Santos
  • Machete (2010, 11 years ago) (pre-production).... Luz
  • Avatar (2009, 12 years ago) (post-production).... Trudy Chacon
  • Trópico de Sangre (2009, 12 years ago) (post-production).... Minerva Mirabal
  • Fast & Furious (2009, 12 years ago).... Letty
  • Gardens of the Night (2008, 13 years ago).... Lucy
  • Battle in Seattle (2007, 14 years ago).... Lou
  • The Breed (2006, 15 years ago).... Nicki
  • BloodRayne (2005, 16 years ago).... Katarin
  • Control (2004, 17 years ago).... Teresa
  • S.W.A.T. (2003, 18 years ago).... Chris Sanchez
  • Blue Crush (2002, 19 years ago).... Eden
  • Resident Evil (2002, 19 years ago).... Rain Ocampo
  • The Fast and the Furious (2001, 20 years ago).... Letty
  • 3 A.M. (2001, 20 years ago).... Salgado
  • Girlfight (2000, 21 years ago).... Diana Guzman

TV voice acting

  • Adventures
  • A Cat's Tale (2008, 13 years ago)

TV-shows (series)

  • Punk'd
  • Immortal Grand Prix
  • Lost

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