Michelle Rodriguez

Mayte Michelle Rodriguez[1] (born July 12, 1978)[2][3] is an American actress. 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[4] and Gotham Award for Best Debut Performance.[5] 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.

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.[6] 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".[7]

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Rodriguez at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival
Mayte Michelle Rodriguez

July 12, 1978 (age 40)
Years active2000–present

Early life

Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas.[8][3] Her mother, Carmen Milady Rodriguez (née Pared Espinal),[a] is Dominican, and her father, Rafael Rodriguez, was a Puerto Rican, who served in the U.S. Army.[9][3][10] 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.[11] In total, she was expelled from five schools.[12] She briefly attended business school before quitting to pursue a career in acting, with the ultimate goal of becoming a screenwriter and director.[13]

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.[14][15] 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.[16] 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.


Film and television

Michelle Rodriguez at the New York Fashion Week crop
Rodriguez at the New York Fashion Week in 2006

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,[17] 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,[18] Independent Spirit Awards,[4] Gotham Awards,[5] Las Vegas Film Critics Sierra Awards, and many others. The film itself took home a top prize at the Sundance[19] and won Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival.

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..[20] In 2004, Rodriguez lent her voice to the video game Halo 2, playing a Marine.[21] She also provided the voice of Liz Ricarro in the Cartoon Network series IGPX.[6] From 2005 to 2006, she played tough cop Ana Lucia Cortez[22] 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.[23]

Rodriguez in December 2009

In 2008, Rodriguez appeared in the political drama Battle in Seattle opposite Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson.[24] In 2009, she appeared in Fast & Furious, the fourth installment of The Fast and the Furious film series.[25][26] 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.[27][28]

Battle Los Angeles cast by Gage Skidmore
From left to right, Rodriguez, Jonathan Liebesman and Aaron Eckhart at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International

In 2010, Rodriguez appeared in Robert Rodriguez's Machete.[29] 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. 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.[30]

In 2015, she appeared in Furious 7 which grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33][34]


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.[35]

Personal life

Rodriguez's hobbies include tactical gun training,[36] skydiving,[37] and DJing.[38]


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Rodriguez in 2013 at San Diego Comic Con

In early 2000, Rodriguez broke off an engagement to a Muslim boyfriend, citing opposition to religious requests he made of her.[39] She has since reportedly dated actors Vin Diesel,[40] Olivier Martinez[41] and Zac Efron, and model Cara Delevingne.[42]

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."[7]

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."[43]

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."[44] 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."[45]

Legal issues

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.[46]

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).[47] 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.[48] 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.[49]

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.[50][51] In April 2006, she pleaded guilty to one charge of driving under the influence, and chose to pay a US$500 fine and spend five days in jail.[48]

She cited her high doses of allergy-relieving steroids as part of the reason for her erratic behavior.[52] 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.[53] Because of overcrowding, she was released from jail on the same day she entered.

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.[54] On October 10, 2007, 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 but was released 18 days later due to overcrowding.[55] In January 2009, Rodriguez completed her community service.[56]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Girlfight Diana Guzman
2001 The Fast and the Furious Letty Ortiz
2001 3 A.M. Salgado
2002 Resident Evil Rain Ocampo
2002 Blue Crush Eden
2003 S.W.A.T. Officer Chris Sanchez
2004 Control Teresa
2005 BloodRayne Katarin
2006 The Breed Nicki
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
2012 Resident Evil: Retribution Rain Ocampo[57]
2013 InAPPropriate Comedy Harriet
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Letty Ortiz
2013 Turbo Paz Voice
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[58] Voice
2017 The Fate of the Furious Letty Ortiz
2018 Widows Linda
2019 Alita: Battle Angel Gelda Uncredited
TBA Dreamland Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Slavi's Show Herself TV show (1 episode)
2005 Punk'd Herself 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"

Music videos

Year Title Artist
2000 "I Can Do Too"[59] Cole featuring Queen Latifah
2001 "Always on Time" Ja Rule and Ashanti
2002 "If I Could Fall in Love"[60] Lenny Kravitz
2015 "Confident" Demi Lovato
2018 "Nice for What" Drake

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2003 True Crime: Streets of LA Rosie Velasco
2004 Driver 3 Calita Martinez
2004 Halo 2 Marine
2009 James Cameron's Avatar: The Game Captain Trudy Chacon
2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Strike Force Soldier

Theme park ride

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Fast & Furious: Supercharged Letty

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2001 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Most Promising Newcomer
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
The Fast and the Furious
Outstanding Actor/Actress in a Made for Television Movie or Miniseries
3 A.M.
2002 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team (with Kate Bosworth and Sanoe Lake)
Blue Crush
Imagen Foundation Award Best Supporting Actress in a Film
2005 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2006 Golden Raspberry Award Worst Supporting Actress
2009 ALMA Award Actress in a Film
Fast & Furious
2011 ALMA Award Favorite Movie Actress-Drama/Adventure
Battle: Los Angeles
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie Star: Female
Fast & Furious 6
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action
Furious 7
People's Choice Award Favorite Action Movie Actress Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Action The Fate of the Furious Nominated


  1. ^ This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is "Pared" and the second or maternal family name is "Espinal".


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External links

3 A.M. (2001 film)

3 A.M is the first film written and directed by Lee Davis, a protégé of Spike Lee. The film stars Danny Glover, Sergej Trifunovic, and Michelle Rodriguez. The film follows the lives of several New York taxi drivers.

Ana Lucia Cortez

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.

Rodriguez provoked controversy after being stopped by the police for driving under the influence a few weeks before her character was killed, leading to speculation that this was the reason for her death. The producers of Lost stated that Rodriguez was only interested in appearing for one season, so Ana Lucia's death was written in from the beginning. She is shot and killed by Michael Dawson.

Blue Crush

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.

Control (2004 film)

Control is a 2004 American direct-to-video film directed by Tim Hunter and starring Ray Liotta, Willem Dafoe and Michelle Rodriguez. It was produced by a United States production company and filmed in Bulgaria. Originally given a proposed theatrical release in the United States by Lionsgate, the film was instead shelved until it was eventually given a release on home video by Millennium Entertainment.


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.

Kusama wrote the screenplay for Girlfight after learning to box, wanting to make a film about the sport with a female protagonist. Although she struggled to find financiers for the film's $1 million (U.S.) budget, the production was eventually funded by John Sayles, Maggie Renzi and the Independent Film Channel. Rodriguez was cast in the lead role, despite having never acted before, and trained for four months to prepare for the role before filming commenced in New York and New Jersey.

Girlfight premiered on January 22, 2000 at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It was released theatrically on September 29, 2000 and grossed $1.7 million at the box office. The film was well received by critics, who offered particular praise to Rodriguez for her performance and Kusama for her direction. Both Kusama and Rodriguez received numerous accolades, including two National Board of Review Awards, two Independent Spirit Award nominations, and two Gotham Awards.

Inappropriate Comedy

Inappropriate Comedy (stylized as

inAPPropriate Comedy) is a 2013 American satirical sketch comedy film directed by Vince Offer. It stars Ari Shaffir (who also co-wrote), Rob Schneider, Michelle Rodriguez, Adrien Brody and Lindsay Lohan, and was released on March 22, 2013.The film was originally envisioned as a sequel to Offer's previous anthology, The Underground Comedy Movie, and called Underground Comedy 2010. It is also a partial remake of Offer's previous film, recycling the sketches "Flirty Harry" and "Sushi Mama".


KSCS (96.3 MHz) is an FM station which serves the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in Texas. The station transmits a modern country music format. 96.3 KSCS is also the home of Hawkeye In The Morning, currently the longest running morning radio show in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. The show features, Mark "Hawkeye" Louis and Connected K. The show, formally known as 'The Dorsey Gang' featured Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame member Terry Dorsey. Dorsey and Louis won numerous awards including Billboard Magazine's Major Market Air Personalities of 1998 and the Academy of Country Music's 2008 Personalities of the Year. The pair teamed up in July 1988. Dorsey announced his retirement in December of 2014. KSCS was named "2009 Major Market Radio Station of the Year" by the Academy of Country Music. Middays have been handled by Michelle Rodriguez since 2011. Afternoons currently handled by Al Farb since 2018.

KSCS is currently owned by Cumulus Media. Also, KSCS, and sister station WBAP are responsible for activation of the North Texas Emergency Alert System when hazardous weather alerts, Disaster area declarations, and child abductions are issued.The station's studios are located in the Victory Park district in Dallas just north of downtown, and the transmitter site is in Cedar Hill.

Los Bandoleros (film)

Los Bandoleros (Spanish for The Outlaws) is a 2009 American short film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Vin Diesel. It is the second short film in The Fast and the Furious franchise, and stars Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Tego Calderón and Don Omar. Los Bandoleros details the events prior to Fast & Furious where runaway fugitive Dominic Toretto plots to steal oil from a tanker in the Dominican Republic.

It was released on July 28, 2009. It was later included as a bonus on the Blu-ray and Special Edition home releases of Fast & Furious. Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster both appear on the poster, but are not in the film.

Machete Kills

Machete Kills is a 2013 American action exploitation film co-written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is a sequel to Machete, and the third film based on a Grindhouse fake trailer. Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Tom Savini, Billy Blair, Electra and Elise Avellan, Felix Sabates, and Jessica Alba reprise their roles from the first film, and are joined by series newcomers Mel Gibson, Demián Bichir, Amber Heard, Sofía Vergara, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Hudgens, Alexa Vega, William Sadler, Marko Zaror, and Charlie Sheen (credited by his birth name of "Carlos Estévez"). The film follows the titular ex-federal (Trejo) as he is recruited by the U.S. President (Sheen) to stop an arms dealer (Gibson) and a revolutionary (Bichir).The film was released on October 11, 2013, failing to recoup its budget of $20 million and received mixed reviews. Critics cited the overuse of plot points, poorly produced CGI, and the 'out-of-place' science fiction elements.

S.W.A.T. (film)

S.W.A.T. is a 2003 American action crime thriller film directed by Clark Johnson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, and Jeremy Renner. It is based on the 1975 television series of the same name. It was produced by Neal H. Moritz and released in the United States on August 8, 2003.

The Assignment (2016 film)

The Assignment (also known as Tomboy, and formerly known as (Re) Assignment and Tomboy: A Revenger's Tale) is an action crime thriller film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Denis Hamill. The film stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia, Caitlin Gerard and Sigourney Weaver.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2016, before being released through video on demand on March 3, 2017, prior to a limited release on April 7, 2017, by Saban Films.

Widows (2018 film)

Widows is a 2018 heist film directed by Steve McQueen from a screenplay by McQueen and Gillian Flynn, based upon the 1983 British television series of the same name. The plot, set in Chicago, follows a group of women who attempt a heist in order to pay back a crime boss after their criminal husbands are killed on a botched job. A British-American co-production, the film features an ensemble cast consisting of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson.

Widows premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2018 and in the United States on November 16, by 20th Century Fox. The film has grossed $76 million worldwide and received praise for its direction, screenplay and performances (particularly Davis, Debicki and Kaluuya), with critics crediting it for blending "dramatic themes with popcorn thrills". It received several award nominations, among them one for Davis for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Awards for Michelle Rodriguez

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