Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mayte Michelle Rodriguez

Born on July 12, 1978
Mayte Michelle Rodriguez better known as Michelle Rodriguez, is an American actress, known for starring in films such as Girlfight, The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, and S.W.A.T. as well as her role in the television series Lost.

"My favorite part of my body is my brain. I think no matter what my body looks like I wont be satisfied unless I know how to use it."

"[on why she always plays the "tough girl"]: Well, could you really imagine me playing the girlfriend that needs rescuing? Or the girlfriend?"

"Whenever a female takes a strong stand for herself, the majority of the time they have to really, really narrow it down to being feminine and wearing dresses and just being lipstick chic."

"Until they come up with an independent woman who`s on an adventure of her own, I don`t think I`m interested."

"To get out of getting up at 5 in the morning, I`m gonna do Howard Stern next week. This time I`m
ready. I`ve got some good comebacks."

"The more confidence you have in yourself and the more you believe that you are destined to do what you are gonna do, it will happen."

"Jersey is my hometown, and I love it. I`ll probably hav
e houses in other places, but that`s my home, and nobody`s kicking me out of there."

"I don't want people to be like, 'She's hot-looking', you know? I want them to listen to me for what I am saying. And I think the best way to do that i
s to sniff my armpits, and like, sit and burp every now and then."
-Michelle Rodriguez

While some percentage of the population might get excited at the prospect of being physically assaulted by a voluptuous woman, we didn't count ourselves among them. Given Michelle's lovely exotic looks, it's a shame that she is frequently typecast as the gritty tomboy. It didn't help things that Michelle chose to fuse fiction and reality in March of 2002, when she proceeded to repeatedly punch her roommate in the head.

Now we may endorse the likes of Lennox Lewis engaging in beatings, but we're a bit more old-fashioned when it comes to the ladies. There's something distinctly unsexy about seeing a girl pound someone else's face like a hamburger patty. While some may argue that this opinion stems from a fear of having our face served as the hamburger patty, we don't really care to examine our deep-rooted motivations in judging sexiness. Low marks for Michelle in this category.

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 The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, Blue Crush, and S.W.A.T. 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), and returned for a cameo in the second episode of the show's fifth season in 2009. In 2006, Rodriguez was featured in her own episode of G4's show Icons.

In 2008 she appeared in Battle in Seattle alongside Charlize Theron. Rodriguez next appears in the latest installment of the The Fast and the Furious franchise, which is entitled simply Fast & Furious, due to hit theaters April 3, 2009. Rodriguez can also be seen in James Cameron's upcoming $200 million sci-fi adventure Avatar, due out December 18, 2009.

She recently wrapped filming on Trópico de Sangre, an independent film she is co-producing with her production company Cheshire Kat Productions, based on the Dominican Republic's historic Mirabal sisters who were assassinated in 1960 by the Dominican dictator for opposing his rule.

Notable rankings
Multiple times over the course of her career, she has been ranked in Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women In The World”, Maxim’s "100 Sexiest Women" and People En Espanol's "50 Mas Bellos".

Rodriguez co-founded a production company called Cheshire Kat Productions which is currently producing a historical drama called Trópico de Sangre (Tropic of Blood), in which she also stars.

Rodriguez is currently writing a screenplay for a family film based on a concept which she describes as "a 2012 story about purity and animals and children".

Video games
* True Crime: Streets of LA (Voice, 2003)
* Driv3r aka Driver 3 (Voice, 2004)
* Halo 2 (Voice, 2004)

1. Avatar (2009) (post-production) .... Trudy Chacon
... aka Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience (USA: IMAX version)
2. Trópico de sangre (2009) (post-production) .... Minerva Mirabal
3. Fast & Furious (2009) .... Letty
... aka Fast & Furious 4 (Singapore: English title)
4. "Lost" .... Ana-Lucia Cortez (25 episodes, 2005-2009)
- The Lie (2009) TV episode .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
- Live Together, Die Alone (2006) TV episode (credit only) .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
- Three Minutes (2006) TV episode (credit only) .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
- ? (2006) TV episode .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
- Two for the Road (2006) TV episode .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
(20 more)
5. A Cat's Tale (2008) (V) (voice) .... Jujube
... aka Cats: The Movie! (USA: DVD title)
6. Gardens of the Night (2008) .... Lucy
7. Battle in Seattle (2007) .... Lou
8. The Breed (2006) .... Nicki
9. BloodRayne (2005) .... Katarin
10. "IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix" .... Liz Ricarro (1 episode, 2005)
- Time to Shine (2005) TV episode (voice: English version) .... Liz Ricarro
11. Control (2004) .... Teresa
12. Halo 2 (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Marine
13. Driv3r (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Calita
14. True Crime: Streets of LA (2003) (VG) (voice) .... Rosie Velasco
15. S.W.A.T. (2003) .... Chris Sanchez
16. Blue Crush (2002) .... Eden
... aka Blue Crush (Germany)
17. Resident Evil (2002) .... Rain Ocampo
... aka Resident Evil (France) (Germany)
18. The Fast and the Furious (2001) .... Letty
... aka The Fast and the Furious (Germany)
19. 3 A.M. (2001) .... Salgado
20. Girlfight (2000) .... Diana Guzman

Name Michelle Rodriguez
Height 5' 4?" (164 cm)
Hair Color Black
Birthplace Bexar County, Texas
Star Sign Cancer
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Category American Actress

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