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Mayte Michelle Rodriguez (born July 12, 1978), better
known as Michelle Rodriguez, is a US American actress, known for
her role in the television series Lost and action films Girlfight,
The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil and S.W.A.T..
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 US military.
She has a total of ten half-siblings or siblings. She was raised
by her devoutly religious maternal grandmother and was brought up
in her mother's Jehovah's Witnesses religion. Rodriguez moved to
the Dominican Republic with her mother when she was eight and lived
in Puerto Rico when she was 11, later settling in Jersey City, New
Jersey. She dropped out of high school at age 17 and later earned
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. 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
Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, Las Vegas
Film Critics Sierra Awards, and many others. The film itself took
home top prizes at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.
Subsequently, she has had notable roles in other successful movies,
including S.W.A.T., The Fast and the Furious and Resident Evil.
In 2002, she was ranked #77 in Stuff magazines 102 Sexiest
Women In The World, and #34 in Maxims "100 Sexiest
Women". That same year, Rodriguez portrayed Eden in the surfer
girlpower flick Blue Crush.
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 on season
1's finale, Exodus: Part 1).
In 2006, Rodriguez was featured in her own episode of G4's show
Icons. Her latest film, Battle in Seattle, is released in the U.S.
in March 2008. She recently wrapped filming in New Zealand for James
Cameron's sci-fi adventure Avatar, due out in December 2009.
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Will Michelle Rodriguez appear in Avatar sequel?Yahoo! Movies UKOne of the most popular turns in the original 'Avatar' movie was Michelle Rodriguez's part as the experienced and skilled Samson helicopter pilot Trudy Chacon. The character Chacon played a critical role in the first 'Avatar' film, when she made the ...
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'Inappropriate Comedy' stars Rob Schneider, Michelle RodriguezDetroit Free PressStarring: Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez, Adrien Brody and Lindsay Lohan. The premise: A computer tablet full of the world's most hilariously offensive apps breaks through the borders of political correctness and stirs up cultural anarchy. Directed ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:01:29 GMT Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:12:33 GMT Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:52:04 GMT Mon, 01 Apr 2013 09:39:49 GMT Mon, 25 Mar 2013 20:22:26 GMT
In early 2000, Rodriguez broke off a near engagement to a Muslim
boyfriend, citing opposition to religious requirements he demanded
of her, which included covering herself completely. At one time,
Rodriguez dated her The Fast and the Furious co-star, Vin Diesel.
In 2006, she "had her eye on" Irish actor and S.W.A.T.
co-star, Colin Farrell. In July 2006, Rodriguez told UK's Cosmopolitan
magazine that she was not gay, but had "experimented with both
sexes". In November of 2006, 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. Asked about the relationship in April 2007, Kristanna
Loken said, "We're great friends. She'll always remain a great,
close friend of mine. I'll always love Michelle".
In June 2007, Curve ran a cover describing her as a "bad bi
girl" and considered by many to be trailing an interview in
which Rodriguez would out herself. Rodriguez never did an interview
with the magazine however, and therefore in response used her blog
to express her feelings on the issue. In the July/August 2007 issue
of Curve, editors responded to her criticism by stating: "If
you read the article, you will see that the author did not, in fact,
'out' Rodriguez; rather, the article stated both that 'Rodriguez
has never publicly come out' and 'Rodriguez has said she is not
a lesbian." The editors stated that the misunderstanding arose
when the Perez Hilton blog posted that she had come out in Curve
after seeing her on the cover and assuming it was a coming out story.
In early 2007, Rodriguez was seen having dinner with Kylie Minogue's
ex Olivier Martinez at Chateau Marmont Hotel. Rodriguez reportedly
spent the night at the hotel. The two had been spotted together
two years earlier.
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
DUI. 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 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
In 2005, while filming Lost in Hawaii, Rodriguez was pulled over
by Honolulu police multiple times; she was cited for driving 83
mph in a 55 mph zone on Oahu on November 1, and was fined $357,
paid a $300 fine for driving 90 mph in a 35 mph zone on October
20, was fined $197 for going 80 mph in a 50 mph zone on August 24.
On December 1, 2005, Rodriguez and her Lost co-star, Cynthia Watros
were separately pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence.
Rodriguez pleaded not guilty when arraigned, but on the day of her
trial in April 2006, 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 behaviour. The fact that her and Watros'
characters were killed off (appropriately enough, in an episode
titled "Two for the Road") led some fans to believe that
it was a result of the arrests, however Rodriguez and producers
said their exit from the show had been planned before the season
began and the arrests were just coincidental. Her hiatus from movie
roles from 2003 to 2007 also led fans to believe she was being temporarily
blacklisted for her legal troubles.
Because the Kailua incident was a violation of her Los Angeles
probation, Rodriguez was sentenced to 260 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. Because of overcrowding, she
was released from jail on the same day she entered it. As of June
2006, she will still have to serve the community service. She
wrote about the experience on her blog.
In September 2007 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 September
5, 2006, but later admitted she was actually in New York City that
day. Her lawyer claimed it was a clerical error.
On October 10, 2007, following a hearing, she was sentenced to
180 days jail time after agreeing to admit to violating her probation,
stemming from her earlier charges. The judge in the case ordered
that Rodriguez not be granted a work furlough, early release or
home confinement and must remain in jail for the entire 180 days.
On December 23, 2007, she turned herself in and began a 180-day
jail term in the Century Regional Detention Facility located in
Lynwood, CA. This stems from an earlier probation violation.
On the evening of January 9th 2008, Rodriguez was released after
serving 18 days of her 180 day sentence.
3 A.M. (2001)
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Resident Evil (2002)
Blue Crush (2002)
Sian Ka'an (Voice, 2005)
Immortal Grand Prix (2005)
The Breed (2006)
Lost (24 episodes, 2005-2006)
Adventures in Voice Acting (Documentary, 2007)
Battle in Seattle (2007)
True Crime: Streets of LA (Voice. 2003)
Driv3r aka Driver 3 (Voice, 2004)
Halo 2 (Voice, 2004)
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