American actress Elizabeth Rodriguez works primarily in television, where she specializes in playing strong and often intense women. A teenage Rodriguez made her film debut in 1994 with a small supporting role in the inner city drama "Fresh", starring Giancarlo Esposito and Samuel L. Jackson. This was followed by larger roles in Albert and Allen Hughes' similarly-themed crime thriller "Dead Presidents" and the gay-friendly romantic comedy "I Think I Do", but Rodriguez scored more and bigger roles on television than on the big screen. Beginning in 1994, she played a recurring character on the police drama "New York Undercover". In 1999, she joined the cast of the long-running medical drama "ER" as Nurse Sandra. In 2008, Rodriguez landed her highest profile role so far on the popular soap opera "All My Children", where she played the fiery Carmen ''Sugar'' Morales. In 2011, she joined the cast of "Prime Suspect", an American adaptation of the popular British police procedural about a rough-edged female detective. Along with a number of guest appearances on popular television series including "The Shield", "Law & Order" and "NYPD Blue", Rodriguez continued her film career with supporting roles in films ranging from Philip Seymour Hoffman's comedy-drama "Jack Goes Boating" to Tamar Simon Hoffs' crime thriller "Pound of Flesh".