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

Credit
No Score Yet F9 Letty Ortiz 2021
No Score Yet She Dies Tomorrow Actor 2020
86% LA Originals Actor 2020
61% Alita: Battle Angel Geld 2019
No Score Yet Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo Self 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
27% 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
48% S.W.A.T. Chris Sanchez $116.7M 2003
61% Blue Crush Eden $40.2M 2002
36% 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

Credit
No Score Yet LOL: Last One Laughing
2018
Reality cast member 2019
2018
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
2015-2019
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
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
2007-2019
Guest 2013
No Score Yet MTV First
2011-2014
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
2009-2011
Guest 2011
85% Lost
2004-2010
Ana-Lucia Cortez Ana Lucia 2010
2009
2006
2005
2004
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest 2009
33% The Wanda Sykes Show
2009-2010
Guest 2009
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest 2009
2008
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
No Score Yet IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix
2006
Voice

QUOTES FROM Michelle Rodriguez CHARACTERS

Letty Ortiz says: Where's the cavalry?

Letty Ortiz says: Did you bring the calvary?

Luke Hobbs says: Woman, I am the cavalry!

Letty Ortiz says: Why didn't you tell me we were married?

Dominic Toretto says: You can't tell someone they love you.

Luz says: Taco time.

Adrian says: Why do you train with Hector?

Diana says: You mean at all?

Adrian says: Yeah.

Diana says: Because I want to.

Adrian says: Aren't you afraid of gettin' hurt?

Diana says: What, and you're not?

Adrian says: No, it's just - It's a dangerous sport.

Diana says: I didn't make the cheerleading team.

Veronica says: I didn't do nothing!

Diana says: Except be your stinky stanky self!

Letty says: Yo Klaus! Ain't you team muscle? Don't make me come over there and make you team pussy.

Letty says: Wrong team Bitch!!

Letty says: Wrong team, bitch!

Machete says: Are you Shé?

Luz says: 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 says: These waves are for the big boys.

Anne Marie says: Penny didn't finish her homework.

Penny says: You weren't here to help me.

Anne Marie says: She's got to do her homework.

Eden says: Don't give us shit 'cause you were out there working it.

Anne Marie says: Shut up.

Lena says: Don't deny it. You were working it like a rib without the sauce.

Rain says: You can't kill me!

Alice says: I don't need to...

Rain says: What's with the S&M get up?

Rain says: Going somewhere?

Alice says: There's a child here.

Rain says: You're problem, not ours.

Alice says: All heart. You haven't changed a bit.

Alice says: All heart, you haven't changed a bit.

Rain says: I don't know you, lady.

Rain says: When I get out of here, I think I'm gonna get laid.

Trudy Chacon says: You're not the only one with a gun, bitch.

Trudy Chacon says: [to the others on the airship while flying by the Hallelujiah Mountains] You should see your faces!

Hector says: Inside you know yourself?

Diana says: I do

Diana says: I do.

Hector says: Then thats all you need

Hector says: Then that's all you need.

Rain says: She was psychotic, she bit me..

Rain Ocampo says: She was crazed, she bit me..

Trudy Chacon says: Rouge 1 is hit going in

Trudy Chacon says: Rouge one is hit going in.

Trudy Chacon says: I love you Norm

Trudy Chacon says: I love you Norm.

Trudy Chacon says: You're not the only one with a gun,bitch.

Trudy Chacon says: You're not the only one with a gun, bitch.

Trudy Chacon says: "I'm sorry Jake."

Trudy Chacon says: I'm sorry Jake.

J. D. says: I shot her five times. How was she still standing

J. D. says: I shot her five times. How was she still standing?

Rain says: Bitch isn't standing now.

Rain says: [Referring to when Spence locks them up in the room] Your boyfriend is a real asshole.

Rain says: [referring to when Spence locks them up in the room] Your boyfriend is a real asshole.

Rain says: She bit me man, she took a chunk right outta me.

Rain says: All the people that were working here are dead.

Spence says: Well, that isn't stopping them from walking around.

Rain says: That homicidal bitch killed my team.

Alice says: That homicidal bitch may be our only way out of here.

Alice says: There's a cure! You're gonna be okay!

Rain says: I was beginning to worry.

Diana says: Sweet? That's funny. I've always thought of myself as salty.

Rain says: Bitch isn't standing now.

Sgt. Dan "Hondo" Harrelson says: You still want to work S.W.A.T?

Chris Sanchez says: No. I just enjoy applying all the time.

Eden says: There's like a thousand dollars in here. I feel like your pimp!

Diana says: All these years, you just looked right through me.

Rain says: I don't want to be one of those things. Walking around without a soul.