When Rodrigo was kid, he wanted to be a fisherman.
Rodrigo has studied Interpretation (explanations of artistic performances) for a year at Oficina de Atores da Rede Globo.
Rodrigo had not watched Lost before being cast as a series regular on the show.
Rodrigo has appeared in TV commercials for Vivo, Credicard, Chanel, Bradesco, Shopping Ibirapuera and Toyota.
Rodrigo shaved his whole body for his role in the movie 300.
In 2007, Rodrigo became the first Brazilian to be nominated for an MTV Award when he was nominated as the Best Villain in the movie 300.
Rodrigo dated actress Cássia Linhares from 1994 to 1997. Soon after they broke up, he started dating another actress named Luana Piovani for two years till 1999.
In high school, Rodrigo's nickname was "Giraia."
Rodrigo won the Oscar equivalent Cinema Brazil Grand Prize for his performance in the movie Bicho de Sete Cabeças.
He refused to appear on the show Alias in 2004.
He was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive in 2006 as "Sexiest Addition to an already sexy cast". For the same year, Rodrigo was ranked #12 in the E!'s 101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies.
In 2004, he starred alongside Nicole Kidman in a 2-minute-long commercial for Chanel, directed by Baz Luhrmann.
He likes to read William Shakespeare's works.
He is a fan of the American rock band The Doors.
He practices Transcendental Meditation and sports.
He had his first girlfriend at 14 years old.
He showed an interest for the stage from his childhood. At home, he organized puppet theater for the family on Christmas and Easter holidays.
Rodrigo has a father named Francesco Santoro and a mother named Maria José Junqueira dos Reis. He has one sister named Flávia.
He lost weight during the filming of Behind the Sun.
He has a scar on his forehead from a surfing attempt when he was 12.
He enjoys painting.
He is shy and very reserved.
Rodrigo is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) in height.
In April 2003, he was filming a prime time soap opera called Mulheres Apaixonadas (Women in Love) on Brazil's Rede Globo network.
He dubbed the main character in Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2 in the Brazilian versions.
He studied Communications at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.
Rodrigo: (talking about getting his heart broken) I've had my heart broken before, but I'm glad I went through it.Life and love are not Disneyland. You get your heart broken, but you grow and next time you hope to be more lucky.
Rodrigo: In Brazil, when I step out the door, I see paparazzi on the street waiting. In Brazil, everywhere I go people come up to me. I'm always stopping to have my photo taken or give autographs.
Rodrigo: (On Lost before being cast on the show) I wasn't so familiar with the show when I had my first meeting. I knew it was big and what it was about, but I'd watched one episode and couldn't get into it. Then they gave me seasons 1 and 2, and I got hooked. I ended up watching them all in a row one weekend.
Rodrigo: When I was a kid, I liked watching MacGyver turn a piece of bubble gum into a bomb.
Rodrigo: I'd be happy being a professional surfer, traveling the world. (On what he'd do if he weren't an actor.)
Rodrigo: (on what he can't make it through the day without) Fresh water. I drink as much as I can.
Rodrigo: (on which Lost character he would most like to switch places with) I'd like to play Locke. This character has very interesting conflicts and approaches things using a philosophy that I find cool.
Rodrigo: I love both the Sun and the Moon, day and night. But I enjoy the day the most because I live in Rio and I can play sports.
Rodrigo: It's very normal for men in Brazil to wear Speedos. But I always do trunks.
Rodrigo: I like hiking or any sport. But good food and conversation are very important. And I like to cook.
Rodrigo: There is that stereotype of the Latin lover. Maybe it's our vision of the world or our values, but there is something about the Latin culture that is romantic.