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Top 10 Facts - Michelle Rodriguez
11.20.2015
Fact #1

Mayte Michelle Rodriguez ( born July 12, 1978), better known as Michelle Rodriguez, is an American actress, screenwriter and DJ. Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas. Her mother, Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, is a native of the Dominican Republic, and her father, Rafael Rodriguez, was a Puerto Rican who served in the U.S. Army.

Fact #2

She got her breakout role as a troubled boxer in the independent ?lm Girl?ght (2000), which was met with critical acclaim and earned her several awards, including the Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award for Best Debut Performance.

Fact #3

The following year, she starred as Letty Ortiz in the blockbuster ?lm The Fast and the Furious (2001), reprising her role in its sequels, Fast & Furious (2009), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Furious 7 (2015).

Fact #4

During her career, Rodriguez has played tough, independent women in a number of successful action ?lms, such as Blue Crush, S.W.A.T., Battle: Los Angeles and Avatar.

Fact #5

She is also known for her roles as She in the action comedy ?lms Machete and Machete Kills, and Rain Ocampo in the science ?ction ?lms Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Retribution.

Fact #6

Rodriguez also branched into television, playing Ana Lucia Cortez in the second season of the television series Lost as part of the main cast before making numerous guest appearances before the series ended.

Fact #7

She has also done numerous voice work in video games such as Call of Duty and Halo, and lent her voice for the 3D animated ?lm Turbo and the television series IGPX.

Fact #8

With her ?lms grossing over $5 billion collectively, a 2013 Entertainment Weekly article described Rodriguez as "arguably the most iconic actress in the action genre, as well as one of the most visible Latinas in Hollywood".

Fact #9

She gave her voice to a number of characters in video games like "True Crime: Streets of LA," “Driv3r," “Halo Z," “Avatar: The Game," and “Call of Duty: Black Ops".

Fact #10

In March 2002, Rodriguez was arrested for assault after getting into a ?ght with her roommate. The charges were later dropped after the roommate declined to press the allegations in court.

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