Michelle Rodriguez (full name Mayte Michelle Rodriguez) was born on July 12, 1978 in Bexar County, Texas to Rafael Rodriguez (who is Puerto Rican) and Carmen Milady Pared (a native of the Dominican Republic) who divorced in 1986. Michelle Rodriguez height : 5'5"/170 cm.
Biography and Career :
Michelle Rodriguez was raised a Jehovah's Witness by her devoutly religious maternal grandmother, and has a total of ten half-siblings or siblings, some of whom she has never met.
Michelle Rodriguez moved to the Dominican Republic with her mother when she was 8 and lived in Puerto Rico when she was 11, later settling in New Jersey. She dropped out of high school at age 17 (after having been kicked out of 6 different schools), but later earned her GED.
In 2000-2001 Michelle Rodriguez w
as engaged to a man with Muslim beliefs whom she broke it off with after he informed her she'd have to change and "cover up" once they were married.
Michelle Rodriguez briefly dated the Fast and Furious costar, Vin Diesel in 2001.
From 2002 to 2004 Michelle Rodriguez was linked to a male model, and had been photographed with a couple of unknown men who appeared to be possible boyfriends.
In late 2004/January 2005 tabloid rumors made speculation on Michelle Rodriguez's sexuality due to time spent with singer Blu Cantrell, though the relationship was ever confirmed.
In March 2005 Michelle Rodriguez was spotted kissing her S.W.A.T. costar Olivier Martinez outside a hotel in Los Angeles and reportedly shouted to paparazzi "Can't a girl spend some time with her man alone?"
Currently Michelle Rodriguez appears to be single, though she was recently spotted walking the red carpet at a People En Espanol gala with Prison Break star Amaury Nolasco.
Michelle Rodriguez is also well known for the many problems she had with the law.In March 2002, Michelle Rodriguez was arrested and charged for assaulting her female roommate. The charges were later dropped after the roommate declined to press the allegations in court.
In November 2003, Michelle Rodriguez went to court to face eight misdemeanor charges based on two road incidents: On July 22, Michelle Rodriguez left the scene of an accident after hitting another motorist. And on November 4, Michelle Rodriguez sped through an intersection while under the influence of alcohol. She had a suspended license both times.
In June 2004, Michelle Rodriguez pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to three of the charges: hit and run, drunken driving, and driving with a suspended license. Michelle Rodriguez went to jail for 48 hours, performed community service at the morgues of two New York hospitals, completed a three-month alcohol program, and was placed on probation for three years.
In 2005, while filming Lost in Hawaii, Michelle Rodriguez was pulled over by Honolulu police multiple times; she was cited for driving 83 mph in a 55 mph zone on Oahu on Nov. 1 and was fined $357, paid a $300 fine for driving 90 mph in a 35 mph zone on Oct. 20, was fined $197 for going 80 mph in a 50 mph zone on August 24.
Michelle Rodriguez and her Lost costar, Cynthia Watros, who were driving in separate cars, were each pulled over and arrested on the morning of December 1, 2005 in Kailua, Hawaii. According to the arresting officers, the actresses were weaving in and out of traffic on Pali Highway, which connects Kailua and Honolulu. Michelle Rodriguez and Watros were arrested at 12:05 and 12:20 am, respectively, and both failed sobriety tests. They were booked at the main Honolulu police station for driving under the influence (Michelle Rodriguez was booked under her birth name, "Mayte Michelle Rodriguez"). They were released on $500 bail. Their police mugshots were posted at The Smoking Gun website. Michelle Rodriguez pleaded not guilty when arraigned, but on the day of her trial in April 2006, she pleaded guilty to one charge of driving under the influence. Michelle Rodriguez chose to pay a $500 fine and spend five days in jail instead of doing 240 hours of community service. Michelle Rodriguez blamed her allergy-relieving steroids for the drunk driving and "energetic" behaviour.
During a May 2006 interview with on ABC's Good Morning America, Michelle Rodriguez said that the ordeal forced her to grow up. Her Lost character was killed off five months later, a development Rodriguez said was planned from the beginning which producers confirmed.
Because the Kailua incident was a violation of her Los Angeles probation, Michelle Rodriguez was sentenced to 60 days in jail, a 30 day alcohol rehabilitation program and another 30 days of community service, including work for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, by a judge in Los Angeles on May 1, 2006. Because of overcrowding, Michelle Rodriguez was released from jail on the same day she entered it. Michelle Rodriguez will still have to serve the community service.
Michelle Rodriguez was a struggling actress when she ran across an ad advertising an open casting call for the low-budget, independent film, Girlfight. Michelle Rodriguez beat out 350 other applicants for the part, and was cast in the starring role of Diana Guzman, a troubled teen who decides to channel her aggression by training to become a boxer. It was her first audition. The film was released in 2000, and Michelle Rodriguez's performance was recognized by both critics and audiences.
Subsequently, Michelle Rodriguez has had notable roles in other successful movies, including The Fast and the Furious and Resident Evil. In 2002, she was ranked #77 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World", and #34 in Maxim's "100 Sexiest Women".
In 2004, Michelle Rodriguez gave her voice to the hit video game "Halo 2", playing one of the Marines. Michelle Rodriguez also currently provides 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. Rodriguez has recently completed filming of the horror movie The Breed.
The Breed (2006) (completed) .... Nicki
1. "Lost" .... Ana-Lucia Cortez (2005-)
- Live Together, Die Alone: Part 1 (2006) TV Episode .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
- Live Together, Die Alone: Part 2 (2006) TV Episode .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
- (2006) TV Episode .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
- Two for the Road (2006) TV Episode .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
- S.O.S. (2006) TV Episode .... Ana-Lucia Cortez
2. "IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix" (2005) TV Series (voice: English version) .... Liz Ricarro
3. BloodRayne (2005) .... Katarin
4. Sian Ka'an (2005) (voice)
5. Control (2004) .... Teresa
6. Halo 2 (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Marine
7. Driv3r (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Calita
8.True Crime: Streets of LA (2003) (VG) (voice) .... Rosie Velasco
9. S.W.A.T. (2003) .... Chris Sanchez
10. Blue Crush (2002) .... Eden
... aka Blue Crush (Germany)
11. Resident Evil (2002) .... Rain Ocampo
... aka Resident Evil (France) (Germany)
12. The Fast and the Furious (2001) .... Letty
... aka The Fast and the Furious (Germany)
13. 3 A.M. (2001) .... Salgado
Girlfight (2000) .... Diana Guzman
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