Michelle Rodriguez

Michelle Rodriguez


7/12/1978, Bexar Country, Texas, USA

Birth Name

Michelle Maria Rodriguez


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Michelle is well known for tough-girl roles. Her biggest role prior to Lost was as a street-smart boxer in the movie Girlfight. Michelle has also starred in The Fast and the Furious with Paul Walker and the thriller Resident Evil. Born in Bexar County, Texas, Michelle always knew…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In October 2007 Michelle was sentenced to 180 days imprisonment after admitting to failing to complete community service obligations despite a signed document stating she had.

    • In 2006 Michelle was sent to jail for violating her drink-driving probation. Her sentence was to spend 60 days in prison but she served only four hours and 27 minutes of her term before being released because the LA institution was too crowded.

    • Michelle's first acting audition was for Girlfight. She was successful and beat out 350 other girls for the role of 'Diana Guzman' in the film; many of them had prior acting experience while she did not.

    • Jessica Tandy is Michelle's role model.

    • Michelle was expelled from six schools while growing up. She later got a GED and went to business school, but decided to drop out after four months.

    • Michelle has two half-sisters on her father's side, and two older twin brothers named Raul and Oscar.

    • Michelle was raised a Jehovah's Witness.

    • Michelle and her Lost co-star Cynthia Watros were pulled over separately and arrested on the morning of December 1, 2005 in Kailua, Hawaii. According to the arresting officers, the two actresses were weaving in and out of traffic and were arrested at 12:05 and 12:20am, respectively, and both failed sobriety tests.

    • In 2004, Michelle pleaded no contest in relation to two motor vehicle incidents.

    • Michelle enjoys inline skating and plays the piano.

    • Michelle briefly dated her The Fast and the Furious co-star Vin Diesel in 2001.

    • Michelle once worked at Toys 'R Us, but was fired for playing with the kids!

    • Michelle provided the voice for Rosie Velasco on the video game True Crime: Steets of L.A.

    • Michelle has appeared on the following lists:
      Maxim magazine
      2002 - #34 "100 Sexiest Women"

      Stuff magazine
      2002 - #77 "102 Sexiest Women In The World"

    • Michelle is 5'5".

  • Quotes

    • Michelle: Whenever a female takes a strong stand for herself, the majority of the time they have to really, really narrow it down to being feminine and wearing dresses and just being lipstick chic.

    • Michelle: I took the GED, and left the option open to go to school. I did go to business school but left after four months because I just didn't want to be a puppet of society, stuck in an office, craving some sunlight.

    • Michelle: When I was about, I'd say, 18 or 19 years old, I wanted to be a part of the CIA just because they know those intimate secrets... So I was just always into knowing. I like to know things.

    • Michelle: I do have a delicate side.

    • Michelle: Jersey is my hometown, and I love it. I'll probably have houses in other places, but that's my home, and nobody's kicking me out of there.

    • Michelle: Basically I was a rebel growing up. I got kicked out of six schools. But I don't think that it makes you less of an intellect. You know, if you ever crave knowledge, there's always a library.

    • Michelle: (after a court appearance) I'm a gypsy, I can see beauty in a jail cell.

    • Michelle: No matter what, people are so narrow minded that it won't ever be Michelle Rodriguez the actress, it will always be Michelle Rodriguez the Latin actress. And it's just something that I have to live with, because of the fact that people need labels to understand things. I can't even get into this ignorance that I'm dealing with. So I just ignore it, you know? Ignore the ignorance.

    • Michelle: I don't think it's narcissistic at all to love yourself and believe in yourself. I think some people are really scared to do that. I have to. If I don't, I would not succeed in what I do.

    • Michelle: I don't want people thinking of me sexually. I don't want people to be like, 'She's hot-looking,' you know? I want them to listen to me for what I am saying. And I think the best way to do that is to sniff my armpits, and like, sit and burp every now and then. It just completely throws people off. I had a couple of offers to do some hot scenes in the shower with some guy and to make it real hot and sexy. The next thing you know, I'd be the next J.Lo or something. But that's easy. I want it (success) the hard way.