Rodriguez, Michelle 1978–

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Rodriguez, Michelle 1978–


Full name, Michelle Marie Rodriguez; born July 12, 1978, in Bexar County, TX; raised in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Jersey City, NJ; daughter of Rafael (in the military) and Carmen Rodriguez. Education: Studied business. Avocational Interests: Travel, inline skating, dancing, painting, video games.

Addresses: Agent—International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Publicist—True Public Relations, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Suite 570, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Career: Actress and voice performer. Worked as a film extra and at a toy store.

Awards, Honors: National Board of Review Award, best breakthrough performance by an actress, 2000, Breakthrough Award, Gotham awards, Independent Features Project, 2000, Acting Prize, best female performance, Deauville Film Festival, 2000, Sierra Award, best female newcomer, and Sierra Award nomination, best actress, both Las Vegas Film Critics Society, 2000, Independent Spirit Award, best debut performance, Independent Features Project/West, 2001, Black Reel Award nomination, best actress in a theatrical film, Foundation for the Advancement of African Americans in Film, 2001, and Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, best cinematic debut or breakthrough performance, 2001, all for Girlfight; Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination, most promising actress, 2001; Teen Choice Award nomination, film—choice breakout performance, 2001; ALMA Award nomination, outstanding actor or actress in a television movie or miniseries, American Latin Media Arts awards, 2002, for 3 A.M.; MTV Movie Award nomination (with Kate Bosworth and Sanoe Lake), best onscreen team, 2003, for Blue Crush; Imagen Award, best supporting actress in a film, Imagen Foundation, 2004, for S.W. A.T.; member of the cast of Lost that was named entertainer of the year, Entertainment Weekly, 2005; Golden Globe Award, best television series—drama, and Screen Actors Guild Award, outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, both with others, both 2006, for Lost.


Film Appearances:

Diana Guzman, Girlfight, Screen Gems, 2000.

Letty, The Fast and the Furious (also known as Racer X, Reline, and Street Wars), Universal, 2001.

Eden, Blue Crush (also known as Surf Girls, Surf Girls of Maui, and Untitled Surf Project), Universal, 2002.

Rain Ocampo, Resident Evil (also known as Resident Evil: Ground Zero and Resident Evil the Movie), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2002.

Chris Sanchez, S.W.A.T., Columbia, 2003.

Teresa, Control, Lions Gate Films, 2004.

Voice, Sian Ka'an (animated), Paramount, 2005.

Katarin, BloodRayne, Romar Entertainment, 2006.

Nicki, The Breed, First Look Media, 2006.

Mariah, Grapefruit Moon, Americana Productions/My Own Worst Enemy, 2007.

Some sources cite appearances in Cradle Will Rock, Buena Vista, 1999; For Love of the Game, MCA/Universal, 1999; and Summer of Sam (also known as The Son of Sam), Buena Vista, 1999.

Television Appearances; Series:

Voice of Liz Ricardo, IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (anime; also known as IGPX and Immortal Grand Prix), Cartoon Network, beginning 2003.

Ana-Lucia Cortez, Lost, ABC, 2005–.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Salgado (cab driver), 3 A.M., Showtime, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Herself, The Fast and the Furious Movie Special, Black Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself, Sizzlin' Sixteen 2001, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself, Women of the Beach, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Herself, E! Entertainer of the Year 2003, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 10th Annual IFP Gotham Awards, Bravo, 2000.

The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2001.

Presenter, 17th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Independent Film Channel, 2002.

Presenter, 2002 ABC World Stunt Awards, ABC, 2002.

Presenter, Third Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards, USA Network, 2003.

2004 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2004.

2004 Taurus World Stunt Awards, 2004.

Video Game Awards 2004, Spike TV, 2004.

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2005.

12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (also known as Screen Actors Guild 12th Annual Awards), TNT and TBS, 2006.

Television Guest Appearances; Episodic:

Herself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001, 2002, 2006.

Herself, "S.W.A.T.," HBO First Look, HBO, 2003.

Herself, Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2003.

(In archive footage) Herself, Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Punk'd, MTV, 2005.



Herself, Film-Fest DVD: Issue 5—Cannes 2000 & SXSW, 2000.

Herself, Playing Dead: "Resident Evil" from Game to Screen, Columbia/TriStar Home Video, 2002.

Music Videos:

Ja Rule, "Always on Time," c. 2001.

Lenny Kravitz, "If I Could Fall in Love," 2002.

Video Games:

Voice of Rosie Velasco, True Crime: Streets of LA, Activision, 2003.

Voice of Calita, Driv3r (also known as Driver 3), Infogrames Entertainment, 2004.

Voice of marine, Halo 2, Microsoft, 2004.



Cosmopolitan, October, 2000, pp. 218-20.

Femme Fatales, September, 2001, pp. 13-14.

Gallery, December, 2002, pp. 62-64.

Interview, September, 2000, p. 165; September, 2003, pp. 206-209.

Movieline, October, 2000, pp. 56-57.

Newsweek, October 2, 2000, p. 71.

People Weekly, November 6, 2000, p. 182; October 17, 2005, p. 143.

Talk, June/July, 2000.

Time, October 2, 2000, p. 88.

Time Out New York, 5, 2000.

TV Guide, November 28, 2005, pp. 14-18.

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