Rosario Dawson (1979- ) is an American actress. She mostly plays supporting characters in Hollywood and independent films. In 2004 she won the Rising Star Award at the American Black Film Festival.
Among other things she was:
- Abernathy in “Death Proof” (2007)
- Becky in “Clerks II” (2006)
- Gail in “Sin City” (2005)
- Mimi in “Rent” (2005)
- Roxanne, Alexander the Great’s wife in “Alexander” (2004)
- Dina Lake in “Pluto Nash” (2002)
- Laura Vasquez in “Men in Black II” (2002)
- one of the Pussycats in “Josie and the Pussycats” (2001)
- Denzel Washington’s son’s girlfriend in “He Got Game” (1998 )
In 2005 she also played Julia in “Two Gentlemen of Verona” in Central Park in New York. I wish I had seen her!
Many of her films have failed at the box office, like “Pluto Nash” and “Alexander”. She has not yet starred in a film that made it big, so not everyone knows who she is.
She is from the Lower East Side in New York. For most of her childhood her family lived in an abandoned building there.
One day sitting on the steps in front of her building, Larry Clark and Harmony Korine walked by. Korine took one look at her and knew she was just the woman for a part in a film he was writing. That was her audition. That is how she became Ruby in “Kids” (1995).
It changed her life.
Growing up she did not dream of becoming an actress. Despite her beauty, she was something of a nerd: she wanted to be a marine biologist. She is one of those Star Trek fans who can speak broken Klingon!
According to this blog she is one of the most beautiful women in the world. I love the way she looks, especially her eyes and lips. I am so glad she keeps her hair black – unlike, say, Jennifer Lopez or Beyonce.
People ask, “Is she black?”
Her mother is Puerto Rican, Black and Cuban, her father is Irish and Native American. So that makes her part black, part white, part Native American and part Hispanic! She is almost America in one woman.
When she was cast to be Roxane, Alexander the Great’s wife, some people got upset and said, “Why did they hire a black girl?” But an Afghan friend told her not to worry: she looks just like the women in his family, meaning that the woman Alexander married could have looked like her.
People say things like, “I don’t understand why she just doesn’t say she’s black – Puerto Ricans aren’t that brown!”
She says that race was not an issue for her, “until I got older and it became an issue for other people.”
She says her race sometimes affects what parts she is offered, sometimes not.
In 2006 she went with Jason Lewis of “Sex and the City”.