Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez

  • Highest Rated: 100% Teenage Paparazzo (2010)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% InAPPropriate Comedy (2013)
  • Birthday: Jul 12, 1978
  • Birthplace: Bexar County, Texas
  • As legend has it, when director Karyn Kusama was casting the lead for her directorial debut, Girlfight, she wanted to find a young woman who would radiate the powerful, surly charisma of the young Marlon Brando. Her search for an actor with this enviable but elusive quality ended when Michelle Rodriguez, a 20-year-old Latina whose previous experience was limited to work as an extra, answered an ad in Backstage magazine that Kusama had posted. Cast as Diana Guzman, the fierce and vibrant protagonist of Kusama's story of a high school girl who takes up boxing, Rodriguez went on to earn almost universal acclaim for her powerful portrayal, winning the admiration of audiences and critics from Sundance to Toronto.Of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, Rodriguez was born in Bell County, TX, on July 12, 1978. She moved around throughout her childhood and adolescence, living for a time in Texas, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Jersey City, NJ. It was while she was working as an extra in various film productions that she answered Kusama's ad for actors; after being cast as Girlfight's protagonist, she trained intensively to condition her body like that of a boxer to such a degree that, at one point, she was even asked to go pro. Her dedication to the physical and emotional demands of her character paid off lavishly, when Girlfight premiered at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival it received the Grand Jury Prize, with Rodriguez's performance singled out as one of the most exciting breakthroughs in years; among the many kudos she subsequently received was the National Board of Review's prize for Best Breakthrough Performance.Rodriguez's status as one of the year's New Hot Young Thangs on the Block was duly reflected by the attention she was subsequently paid in both the media and Hollywood. In the following year, her projects included Rob Cohen's The Fast and the Furious, an urban adrenaline extravaganza in which she played the tough girlfriend of a gang leader alongside Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jordanna Brewster, and 3 A.M., a made-for-cable drama which cast her as a taxi driver and was screened at the Sundance Festival.Striving to maintain the balance between sexy and tough, Rodriguez would take on zombies in Resident Evil (2002) before hitting the waves in Blue Crush. Though neither film proved a bona fide box-office smash, they did offer the up and coming actress the exposure needed to develop an enduring career. Rodriguez could next be seen opposite Colin Farrell in the hard-hitting action thriller S.W.A.T. In 2005, Rodriguez appeared briefly on the first season of NBC's endlessly enigmatic primetime drama Lost as Ana Lucia Cortez, a tough cop with a shady past. She reprised the role in the following season, when she clashed heads with fellow flight survivor Jack (Matthew Fox) and struggled with her changing status within the group. The actress also starred in The Breed and Battle in Seattle, and co-stars as a tough-as-nails pilot in Avatar (2009), director James Cameron's science fiction adventure.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

61% Alita: Battle Angel Geld 2019
91% Widows Linda 2018
No Score Yet The Limit M-13 2018
67% The Fate of the Furious Letty $225.7M 2017
34% The Assignment Frank Kitchen / Tomboy 2017
38% Milton's Secret Ms. Ferguson 2016
81% Furious 7 Letty Ortiz $317M 2015
No Score Yet I Am Evel Knievel Actor 2014
30% Machete Kills Luz/Shé $5.7M 2013
67% Turbo Paz $81.2M 2013
70% Fast & Furious 6 Letty $238.8M 2013
0% InAPPropriate Comedy Harriot ('The Porno Review') $0.2M 2013
29% Resident Evil: Retribution Rain $42.4M 2012
No Score Yet The Jesuit Actor 2012
36% Battle: Los Angeles Tsgt. Elena Santos $83.6M 2011
100% Teenage Paparazzo Actor 2010
72% Machete Shé $26.3M 2010
No Score Yet Tropico De Sangre Minerva Mirabal 2010
82% Avatar Trudy Chacon $749.8M 2009
No Score Yet Los Bandoleros Actor 2009
29% Fast & Furious Letty Marciano $155.1M 2009
56% Battle in Seattle Lou 2008
15% The Breed Nicki 2006
4% BloodRayne Katarin $1.6M 2006
No Score Yet A Cat's Tale Actor 2006
84% Mad Hot Ballroom Actor $7.9M 2005
No Score Yet Control Actor 2005
47% S.W.A.T. Chris Sanchez $116.7M 2003
61% Blue Crush Eden $40.2M 2002
35% Resident Evil Rain Ocampo $39.6M 2002
53% The Fast and the Furious Letty $142.6M 2001
No Score Yet 3 A.M. Salgado 2001
87% Girlfight Diana $0.8M 2000

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party
2016
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Billy on the Street
2011-2017
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Running Wild With Bear Grylls
2014-2018
Appearing
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet MTV First
2011-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
Guest
  • 2011
90% Lost
2004-2010
Ana-Lucia Cortez Ana Lucia
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2009
33% The Wanda Sykes Show
2009-2010
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
2004-2012
Reality cast member
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2002
  • 2001

QUOTES FROM Michelle Rodriguez CHARACTERS

Letty Ortiz
Where's the cavalry?
Letty Ortiz
Did you bring the calvary?
Luke Hobbs
Woman, I am the cavalry!
Letty Ortiz
Why didn't you tell me we were married?
Dominic Toretto
You can't tell someone they love you.
Luz
Taco time.
Adrian
Why do you train with Hector?
Diana
You mean at all?
Adrian
Yeah.
Diana
Because I want to.
Adrian
Aren't you afraid of gettin' hurt?
Diana
What, and you're not?
Adrian
No, it's just - It's a dangerous sport.
Diana
I didn't make the cheerleading team.
Veronica
I didn't do nothing!
Diana
Except be your stinky stanky self!
Letty
Yo Klaus! Ain't you team muscle? Don't make me come over there and make you team pussy.
Letty
Wrong team Bitch!!
Letty
Wrong team, bitch!
Machete
Are you Shé?
Luz
If I were Shé, do you think I'd be operating a taco truck? Shé brings hope. Shé rights the wrongs. Unfortunately, Shé is a myth.
Eden
These waves are for the big boys.
Anne Marie
Penny didn't finish her homework.
Penny
You weren't here to help me.
Anne Marie
She's got to do her homework.
Eden
Don't give us shit 'cause you were out there working it.
Anne Marie
Shut up.
Lena
Don't deny it. You were working it like a rib without the sauce.
Rain
You can't kill me!
Alice
I don't need to...
Rain
What's with the S&M get up?
Rain
Going somewhere?
Alice
There's a child here.
Rain
You're problem, not ours.
Alice
All heart. You haven't changed a bit.
Alice
All heart, you haven't changed a bit.
Rain
I don't know you, lady.
Rain
When I get out of here, I think I'm gonna get laid.
Trudy Chacon
You're not the only one with a gun, bitch.
Trudy Chacon
[to the others on the airship while flying by the Hallelujiah Mountains] You should see your faces!
Hector
Inside you know yourself?
Diana
I do
Diana
I do.
Hector
Then thats all you need
Hector
Then that's all you need.
Rain
She was psychotic, she bit me..
Rain Ocampo
She was crazed, she bit me..
Trudy Chacon
Rouge 1 is hit going in
Trudy Chacon
Rouge one is hit going in.
Trudy Chacon
I love you Norm
Trudy Chacon
I love you Norm.
Trudy Chacon
You're not the only one with a gun,bitch.
Trudy Chacon
You're not the only one with a gun, bitch.
Trudy Chacon
"I'm sorry Jake."
Trudy Chacon
I'm sorry Jake.
J. D.
I shot her five times. How was she still standing
J. D.
I shot her five times. How was she still standing?
Rain
Bitch isn't standing now.
Rain
[Referring to when Spence locks them up in the room] Your boyfriend is a real asshole.
Rain
[referring to when Spence locks them up in the room] Your boyfriend is a real asshole.
Rain
She bit me man, she took a chunk right outta me.
Rain
All the people that were working here are dead.
Spence
Well, that isn't stopping them from walking around.
Rain
That homicidal bitch killed my team.
Alice
That homicidal bitch may be our only way out of here.
Alice
There's a cure! You're gonna be okay!
Rain
I was beginning to worry.
Diana
Sweet? That's funny. I've always thought of myself as salty.
Rain
Bitch isn't standing now.
Sgt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson
You still want to work S.W.A.T?
Chris Sanchez
No. I just enjoy applying all the time.
Eden
There's like a thousand dollars in here. I feel like your pimp!
Diana
All these years, you just looked right through me.
Rain
I don't want to be one of those things. Walking around without a soul.