Michelle Rodriguez

Actress
In a karmic twist of fate, Michelle Rodriquez's signature roles came in productions whose titles eerily sum up her Hollywood career. Between her striking debut in the female boxing movie "Girlfight" (2000), her turn as ... Read more »
Born: 07/11/1978 in Bexar County, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Furious 7 2015 (Movie)

Letty (Actor)

Control 2014 (Movie)

Theresa (Actor)

Sian Ka'an 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Fast & Furious 6 2013 (Movie)

Letty (Actor)

InAPPropriate Comedy 2013 (Movie)

Harriet (Actor)

Machete Kills 2013 (Movie)

Luz (Actor)

Turbo 2013 (Movie)

Paz (Voice)

Resident Evil: Retribution 2012 (Movie)

Rain (Actor)

Anime: Drawing a Revolution 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Battle: Los Angeles 2011 (Movie)

Elena Santos (Actor)

Punk'd 2004 - 2006, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Big Fix 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Top Gear (History Channel) 2005 - 2006, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost 2005 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Machete 2010 (Movie)

Luz (Actor)

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

Trudy Chacon (Actor)

Fast & Furious 2009 (Movie)

Letty (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Battle in Seattle 2008 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

Gardens of the Night 2008 (Movie)

Lucy (woman in car) (Actor)

The Breed 2007 (Movie)

Nicki (Actor)

Bloodrayne 2006 (Movie)

Katarin (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

Video Game Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

E! Entertainer of the Year 2003 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

3rd Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

S.W.A.T. 2003 (Movie)

Chris Sanchez (Actor)

Blue Crush 2002 (Movie)

Eden (Actor)

Resident Evil 2002 (Movie)

Rain (Actor)

3 AM 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sizzlin' Sixteen 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fast and the Furious 2001 (Movie)

Letty (Actor)

The Fast and the Furious Movie Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Girlfight 2000 (Movie)

Diana Guzman (Actor)

Biography

In a karmic twist of fate, Michelle Rodriquez's signature roles came in productions whose titles eerily sum up her Hollywood career. Between her striking debut in the female boxing movie "Girlfight" (2000), her turn as Vin Diesel's gearhead girlfriend in the action film "The Fast and the Furious" (2001), and her role as a tough ex-cop on the hit TV series "Lost" (ABC, 2004- ), the titles mirrored her hardened personality and sometimes troubled personal life. She was a raw, talented actress who found the Byzantine maze of Hollywood almost as hard to navigate as the American legal system. Her various arrests for everything from assault to drunk driving temporarily sidetracked her promising career and landed her in jail, but her fighting spirit would not allow her to go down for the count.

Relationships

Vin Diesel Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring in "The Fast and the Furious" (2001) No longer together

Kristanna Loken Actor

Companion
Met on the set of "BloodRayne" (2005) The Advocate and other LGBT news sources reported in November 2006 that they were rumored to be romantically involved

Olivier Martinez Actor

Companion
Acted together in "S.W.A.T." (2003) Reportedly had a fling in 2003 while Martinez was dating Kylie Minogue Once again seen together in early 2007 No longer together

Rafael Rodriguez

Father
Puerto Rican Separated from Rodriguez's mother c. 1986 Died in 1997

Carmen Rodriguez

Mother
Dominican Separated from Rodriguez's father c. 1986

Omar Rodriguez

Brother
Born c. 1970; twin of Raul

Raul Rodriguez

Brother
Born c. 1970; twin of Omar

EDUCATION

Dropped out of high school at 17, but later earned her GED

Milestones

2012

Reprised role opposite Milla Jovovich in action horror sequel "Resident Evil: Retribution," written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

2010

Appeared in the action thriller "Machete," directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez

2009

Reprised role for the fourth film "Fast & Furious"

2009

Cast in James Cameron's 3D sci-fi epic "Avatar"

2008

Cast in actor Stuart Townsend's directorial debut "Battle in Seattle"

2006

Starred in the big-screen version of the popular video game "BloodRayne"

2006

Co-starred in the horror film "The Breed"

2005

Joined the second season of ABC's "Lost" as ex-police officer Ana-Lucia Cortez; character killed off at the end of season

2004

Lent her voice to the video games "True Crime: Street of LA" and "Halo2"

2003

Portrayed the character Chris in the summer action feature "S.W.A.T."

2002

Co-starred with Milla Jovovich in Paul Anderson's "Resident Evil"

2002

Played one of Kate Bosworth's friends and roommates in the surfer film "Blue Crush"

2001

Co-starred as a gang member with a penchant for racing sports cars in "The Fast and the Furious"

2001

Played a tough NYC cabbie in Showtime movie "3 A.M."

2000

Landed breakthrough role as Diana, the tough and troubled high school student who finds an outlet for her aggression in boxing in "Girlfight"

1999

Cast as an extra in NYC film productions "Summer of Sam" (1999) and "For Love of the Game" (1999)

1990

Settled in Jersey City, NJ with her mother

1986

Lived with her maternal grandmother in the Dominican Republic

Briefly moved to Puerto Rico to live with her father

Raised in Texas until her parents separated at age eight

Bonus Trivia

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"Guys think a girl won't lift up her hands or defend herself. But they'd be amazed when that beast is let loose." – Rodriguez quoted in Talk magazine, June/July 2000

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"I was always the girl in Jersey City who was the big tomboy, considered the butch because I was so masculine. I was always wearing baggy jeans with my boxers coming out. It was my defense against being considered that sexy person that the guys would try to lay. So, instead, they just considered me one of the guys." – Rodriguez quoted in Time Out New York, Sept. 28, 2000

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"We had to work on calming her face and relaxing her. She got to a point where she reached that quietness on her own pretty quickly. She's got the goods to be a truly great actress." – "Girlfight" director Karyn Kusama quoted in USA Today, Oct. 19, 2000

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"If I'm a sex symbol, than so are half the people in Jersey." – Rodriguez quoted in E! online's "Sizzling Sixteen," January 2001

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In March 2002, Rodriguez was arrested for allegedly attacking her female roommate. She pleaded innocent to charges of assault and harassment, and posted $2500 bail.

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In June 2004, due to dangerous driving and a DUI, Rodriguez was sentenced to several hours in jail and took part in a community service program at two local hospitals. She was also required to attend a three-month alcohol program and get involved with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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On Nov. 30, 2005, Rodriguez was arrested and taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Oahu, HI. Rodriguez opted for jail time and a $500 fine rather than 240 hours of community service. In April 2006, she surrendered and began a five-day jail sentence.

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On Oct. 11, 2007, Rodriguez was sentenced to six months in jail for failing to complete community service and alcohol monitoring as part of her probation from the previous drunk driving incident.

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