Rosario Dawson

Actor
Prior to being literally plucked off the street to star in Larry Clark's controversial "Kids" (1995), actress Rosario Dawson exhibited little interest in what became her eventual career. The 15-year-old was discovered ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1979 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (89)

2014 MTV Movie Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Banana Republic 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cesar Chavez 2014 (Movie)

Dolores Huerta (Actor)

Conan 2010, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Gimme Shelter 2014 (Movie)

June Bailey (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Parts Per Billion 2014 (Movie)

Mia (Actor)

Raze 2014 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

The Captive 2014 (Movie)

Nicole (Actor)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

Chelsea Brown (Actor)

The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Ever After 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trance 2013 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

10 Years 2012 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Fire With Fire 2012 (Movie)

Talia Durham (Actor)

Hotel Noir 2012 (Movie)

Sevilla (Actor)

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

They Die By Dawn 2012 (Movie)

Edmonia Lewis (Actor)

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

2010 MTV Video Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The TeenNick Halo Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Zookeeper 2011 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Girl Walks Into a Bar 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Unstoppable 2010 (Movie)

Connie Hooper (Actor)

Explicit Ills 2009 (Movie)

Babo's Mom (Actor)

Gemini Division (Internet Series) 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Killshot 2009 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Un-Broke: What You Need to Know About Money 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Eagle Eye 2008 (Movie)

Zoe Perez (Actor)

Scream 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Pounds 2008 (Movie)

Emily (Actor)

The 2007 MTV Video Music Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Proof 2007 (Movie)

Abernathy (Actor)

Descent 2007 (Movie)

Maya (Actor)

Grindhouse 2007 (Movie)

Abernathy (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2007 (Tv Show)

Voice

Scream Awards 2006 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

2005 Black Movie Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

Laurie (Actor)

Clerks II 2006 (Movie)

Becky (Actor)

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Rent 2005 (Movie)

Mimi Marquez (Actor)

Sin City 2005 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Vibe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

This Girl's Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

This Revolution 2005 (Movie)

Tina Santiago (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Alexander 2004 (Movie)

Roxane (Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

God Sleeps in Rwanda 2004 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Punk'd 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shattered Glass 2003 (Movie)

Andie Fox (Actor)

The Rundown 2003 (Movie)

Mariana (Actor)

25th Hour 2002 (Movie)

Naturelle Rivera (Actor)

Anatomy of a Scene: Sidewalks of New York 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ash Wednesday 2002 (Movie)

Grace Quinonez (Actor)

Chelsea Walls 2002 (Movie)

Audrey (Actor)

Love in the Time of Money 2002 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

Laura Vasquez (Actor)

The Adventures of Pluto Nash 2002 (Movie)

Dina Lake (Actor)

The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest 2002 (Movie)

Alisa (Actor)

Josie and the Pussycats 2001 (Movie)

Valerie Brown (Actor)

King of the Jungle 2001 (Movie)

Veronica (Actor)

Sidewalks of New York 2001 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Down to You 2000 (Movie)

Lana (Actor)

The 31st Annual NAACP Image Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Light It Up 1999 (Movie)

Stephanie Williams (Actor)

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

He Got Game 1998 (Movie)

Lala Bonilla (Actor)

Side Streets 1998 (Movie)

Marisol Hidalgo (Actor)

Kids 1995 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

Five (TV Show)

Actor

Poor Things (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (2)

Parts Per Billion 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Descent 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Prior to being literally plucked off the street to star in Larry Clark's controversial "Kids" (1995), actress Rosario Dawson exhibited little interest in what became her eventual career. The 15-year-old was discovered on the front steps of her building by the director, a life-changing event for a young girl still trying to figure out what life had to offer outside the confines of New York City. Ever since her breakthrough performance, which attracted the attention of numerous critics, as well as Hollywood, Dawson ran the film gamut, starring in such critically-appreciated independents like "He Got Game" (1998) and "25th Hour" (2002), and Hollywood duds like "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" (2002) and "Alexander" (2004). But her exotic good looks - she had an usual mix of Cuban, Puerto Rican, Irish and Native American descent - gave Dawson the opportunity to explore a variety of roles without being typecast, leading to films as divergent as "Rent" (2005), "Sin City" (2005) and "Grindhouse" (2007) - resulting in a vibrant career in which she was able to chart her own path.

Relationships

Jay-Z Actor

Companion
Dated from 2000-02 No longer together

Danny Boyle Actor

Companion
Went public with relationship August 2012 He directed her in "Trance" (2013)

Greg Dawson

Father
Separated from Rosario's mother

Isabelle Dawson

Mother
Separated from Rosario's father

Clay Dawson

Brother

Josh Jackson Actor

Companion
Briefly dated in 2002 No longer together

Cris Judd Actor

Companion
Rumored to have briefly dated 2002 No longer together

Jason Lewis Actor

Companion
Began dating 2004 Lived together until 2007 split

Mathieu Schreyer

Companion
Began dating 2008 Split May 2011

EDUCATION

Attended an alternative high school in NYC

Milestones

2013

Co-starred with James McAvoy in Danny Boyle drama-thriller "Trance"

2011

Played Kevin James' love interest in "Zookeeper"

2011

Joined all-star cast for Lifetime anthology movie "Five"

2011

Cast alongside Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt in high school reunion drama "10 Years"

2010

Co-starred with Chris Pine and Denzel Washington in thriller "Unstoppable"

2010

Cast as Persephone, goddess of Springtime and Queen of the Dead in film adaptation "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"

2008

Played a woman with a heart condition who falls in love with Will Smith in drama "Seven Pounds"

2007

Reunited with Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Tracie Thoms, her "Rent" co-stars for drama thriller "Descent"

2007

Apeared in "Death Proof," Quentin Tarantino's half of gore-tastic double feature "Grind House" (a collaboration with Robert Rodriguez)

2006

Co-created (with friend David Atchison) comic book Occult Crimes Task Force

2006

Cast in Kevin Smith's "Clerks ll" the sequel to his 1994 film

2005

Co-starred in feature adaptation of Frank Miller's uber-noir series of graphic novels "Sin City"; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez

2005

Played Mimi Marquez, an HIV-positive exotic dancer and drug addict in big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Larson's Tony Award-winning musical "Rent"

2004

Co-starred in Oliver Stone's "Alexander" as Roxane, the wife of Alexander (Colin Farrell)

2003

Co-starred in "Shattered Glass," based on the true story of New Republic journalist Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen)

2003

Featured with Seann William Scott and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in "The Rundown"

2002

Cast alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in hit summer sequel "Men In Black II"

2002

Appeareed in Spike Lee's ensemble crime drama "The 25th Hour"

2002

Acted in Ethan Hawke's feature directorial debut "Chelsea Walls"

2002

Starred opposite Eddie Murphy in sci-fi comedy "The Adventures of Pluto Nash"

2001

Cast as rocker Valerie in live action adaptation of popular cartoon series "Josie and the Pussycats"

2000

Featured in Edward Burns directed romance "Sidewalks of New York"

2000

Cast in supporting role in romantic comedy "Down to You"

1999

Contributed introductory voiceover commentary to Prince's remixed timely release of his hit "1999"

1999

Played a cool-headed student with high aspirations in "Light It Up"

1998

Featured in New York City-set episodic comedy feature "Side Streets"

1998

Co-starred as the opportunistic girlfriend of basketball star Jesus in Spike Lee drama "He Got Game"

1995

Made feature debut with supporting role in "Kids"

Raised in downtown Manhattan

Bonus Trivia

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Dawson described her ethnic background as Puerto Rican, Black, Cuban, Irish, and Native American.

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"Ray had Maalox on his breath. He had this motion sickness thing, and I'm doing the nasty to him. I'm like, 'This is beautiful.'" – Dawson on her Ferris wheel-set love scene with Ray Allen in "He Got Game, "quoted in Details magazine, October 1999

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On comparisons to Jennifer Lopez: "It's hard when I'm compared to someone whom I have a likeness to. You don't compare other actresses like that. There's going to be a time when I won't have to be put under someone else or replace someone else. I'm hoping, as our careers expand, people will see the difference and stop comparing us just because we're Puerto Rican, which is ridiculous." – Dawson quoted in Austin's Insite magazine, November 1999

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"I’m very fortunate in that all I ever have to do is do research and travel and meet new people and explore different viewpoints. I’m constantly putting myself in other people’s shoes and constantly challenged to go past my own prejudices. I think it’s unfortunate that celebrity has been marred so much by just talking about who people are sleeping with and what lipstick they’re wearing. We have a very unique experience of the world, travelling the way we do and being exposed to other cultures." – Dawson to Empire magazine, 2003

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"For a long time it felt like I snuck in and someone was going to figure me out. It wasn't like I've wanted to be an actor my whole life. I didn't have any particular aspiration to be hugely famous or be in magazines all the time." – Dawson to Movieline's Hollywood Life, February/March 2005

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