Rosario Dawson

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Rosario Dawson

Born

5/9/1979, New York, New York USA

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Female
9.2
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Biography

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Rosario Dawson was born in New York City to a Native American/Irish contrustion worker father and a Bronx-born Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban vocalist mother, both of whom have been very supportive of her. She was raised in a Manhattan tenement building, living as a squatter for several months…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Rosario is ranked #30 in the "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM".

    • Ethnicity: Cuban, Native American, African American, Puerto Rican, and Irish American

    • Doesn't think she's got a great figure - because she isn't symmetrical

    • She attended an alternative school in downtown Manhattan.

    • Rosario got her first Producer credit for the film Descent, which she also starred in. The film premiered at the 2007 Tribeca film festival.

    • Rosario was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in May 2007.

    • She did voice work for the song "She Lives In My Lap" by Outkast on their album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

    • She appeared in Aaliyah's music video, "Miss You".

    • In 2003, she appears in Pharrell Williams' "Frontin'" Video.

    • Appeared in the Chemical Brothers Film Clip "Out Of Control".

    • Spoken vocals on 1999 Prince and the Revolution EP "1999: The New Master," track "Rosario (1999)."

    • In 2002 she was featured as #19 in Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100 of 2002" supplement.

    • In August 2005, she played Julia in "Two Gentlemen of Verona" musical by John Guare and Galt MacDermot, based on the play by William Shakespeare (Delacorte Theater, New York City, New York, USA).

    • She appeared in an episode of Sesame Street. The episode was about a garden in the middle of Manhatten, and how some kids grew the plants. It shows Rosario as one of the kids helping in the garden.

    • When she auditioned for the role of Mimi for the movie RENT, Rosario originally had the song Out Tonight choreographed. When she got to the audition, she was so nervous that she ended up standing still holding her music.

    • In the movie RENT, Rosario performed in Seasons of Love, Rent, Light My Candle, Out Tonight, Another Day, La Vie Boheme, I Should Tell You, Without You, I'll Cover You: Reprise, Goodbye Love, Finale A, and Finale B.

    • Rosario Dawson was nominated for Best Actress in a supporting role for RENT for the 2006 Black Movie Awards, but lost to Angela Basset.

    • She co-created the comic book "Occult Crimes Taskforce".

    • Her nickname is Rosie.

    • Rosario says that she likes a man who can do a good Christopher Walken impression and knows how to shoot a gun.

    • Disography:

      Caruso: The Complete Electrical Re-Creations
      Beniamino Gigli in Opera and Song
      Beniamino Gigli
      Greatest Hits of Christmas Past
      20 Great Basses sing Great Arias
      Rent (Highlights from the Original 2005 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
      Rent (2005 Movie Soundtrack)
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    • Movie Credits:

      Back to the Well: Making Clerks II - Herself
      Spit - Narrator
      Sin City 2 - Gail
      Killshot - Donna
      Clerks II - Becky Scott
      Descent - Maya
      A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints - Laurie
      No Day But Today: The Story of RENT - Herself
      30 Days In Hell - Herself
      RENT - Mimi Marquez
      Little Black Dress - Haley
      Sin City - Gail
      Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure - Tina
      This Revolution - Tina Santiago
      Alexander - Roxanne
      The Death of Alexander - Herself
      The Rundown - Mariana
      Shattered Glass - Andy Fox
      The Rundown (Rumble in the Jungle, Appitite for Destruction, The Amazon, Hawaii Style, Running Down the Town) - Herself
      The Girls Life - Martine
      Spike Lee's '25th Hour': The Evolution of an American Filmmaker - Herself
      The 25th Hour - Naturelle Riviera
      The Adventures of Pluto Nash - Dina Lake
      Men In Black II - Laura Vasquez
      The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest - Alisa
      Ash Wednesday - Grace Quinonez
      Love In The Time of Money - Anna
      Chelsea Walls - Audrey
      Trigger Happy - Dee
      Sidewalks of New York - Maria Tedesko
      Josie and the Pussycats - Valerie Brown
      King of the Jungle - Veronica
      Down to You - Lana
      Light It Up - Stephanie Williams
      Side Streets - Marisol Hidalgo
      He Got Game - Lala Bonilla
      Girls Night Out - Unknown
      Kids - Ruby

    • TV Credits:

      The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Herself
      The Tony Danza Show (Episode #2.56, #1.56) - Herself
      The View (11/25/2005) - Herself
      Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (11/21/2005) - Herself
      Live With Regis and Kelly (11/17/2005, 10/13/2005, 8/16/2005, 3/16/2005, 11/19/2004) - Herself
      Late Night with Conan O'Brien (11/16/2005, 11/23/2004, 10/25/2003, 1/16/2003) - Herself
      Today (11/16/2005, 8/4/2005) - Herself
      Total Request Live (11/16/2005) - Herself
      The Daily Show (11/15/2005) - Herself
      The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (10/31/2005, 3/28/2005, 6/26/2002, 4/18/2001) - Herself
      The Black Movie Awards - Herself
      Sin City: The Premeire - Herself
      11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Herself
      HBO First Look (Alexander) - Herself
      Celebrity Poker Showdown (Tournament 2 Championship, Tournament 2, Game 1) - Herself
      The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards - Herself
      Punk'd (Episode #1.8) - Herself
      World VDAY - Herself
      The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (8/9/2002) - Herself
      AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions - Herself
      The Rosie O'Donnell Show (4/11/2001) - Herself
      Backstage Pass - Herself
      Anatomy of a Scene (Sidewalks of New York) - Herself
      The 1999 Source Hip-Hop Music Awards - Herself

    • Rosario got her role in the movie Alexander after her first audition.

    • Rosario stands at 5'8.

  • Quotes

    • Rosario: I walk into a club, and the first thing I did was notice how sticky the floor was from all the beer and how unattractive the lowlifes were. So I never got sucked into it.

    • Rosario: When I see a woman who is all gaunt and emaciated, I don't think she's beautiful. She reminds me of a Chihuahua that's freezing and shaking.

    • Rosario Dawson: I like exploring my sexuality and my body but I don't think it's ever gratuitous at all. Even if you see me on the cover of a magazine I'm not going to be up there like some porn star.

    • Rosario Dawson: I always thought my jawline was manly. I have this pockmark on my chin from when I was 9. I used to get freaked out about it because people thought it was a pimple. But those are the things I've become really comfortable with as I've gotten older. My scars.

    • Rosario Dawson: You only live once. You don't want your tombstone to read: 'Played it Safe.'

    • Rosario Dawson: As an actor there are times when you're sitting around and wishing you were working, so you've got to just take it when it comes.

    • Rosario Dawson: My grandmother just turned 71. She told me all about anal bleaching because she saw it on Jerry Springer. She's like, "They take the hair off and then they …" But the point is, me and my grandmother are talking about anal bleaching. Don't talk to me about what is appropriate or controversial!

    • Rosario Dawson (on the controversy that surrounds 'Clerks 2'): Look, sexism is real. Racism is real. All of those different things are very real, but we are not allowed to talk about them because you don't talk about that kind of stuff in mixed company. That's what makes it so funny. The only reason it's controversial is because we're uncomfortable talking about these subjects ourselves.

    • Rosario Dawson (on her unusual upbringing): My family were squatters and I grew up that way. It was very brave of them, but it was their decision and I respect that. I was discovered sitting on the [front steps] of the building and that's how I got my first role!

    • Rosario Dawson: If a guy can do a really great Christopher Walken impression, I'm really impressed.

    • Rosario Dawson: As an actor there are times when you're sitting around and wishing you were working, so you've got to just take it when it comes.

    • Rosario Dawson: I don't usually get scared about something until I try it and realize, 'Oh, that was really scary.'

    • Rosario Dawson: (About her RENT audition) I was actually really nervous when I went into the audition. It's one thing to go against some other actors for this part, but I was going against actors who originated these parts; people who have been nominated and had gotten Tony Awards for it; people who know it inside and out, who knew Jonathan Larson as well and had totally the inside track.

    • Rosario Dawson: I'm so encouraged by and inspired by Mimi's vitality, while at the same time knowing that she is doomed and needy for love, attention and all the things that I'm not starving for.

    • Rosario Dawson: I'm so encouraged by and inspired by Mimi's vitality, while at the same time knowing that she is doomed and needy for love, attention and all the things that I'm not starving for.

    • Rosario Dawson: Rent is far more than just a story about AIDS. It's about people.

    • Rosario Dawson: So I'm excited about being able to play a lot of different characters. I think as sexual and young and sprightly as someone like Mimi can be, you also see how insecure she is and how needy she is, and I think that shows so much. Just because you have that beauty on the outside doesn't mean that it's always working on the inside because otherwise she wouldn't be taking heroin every five minutes, so I think I'm lucky and I'm blessed to be able to show a diverse group of characters.

    • Rosario Dawson: (About Sin City) It was fun you know, I was just really excited about getting into it. and once you put that outfit on, with all the dialogue, all the movements really come to you because it was a very posy character and it was nice having so much pre-ordained for you just stepping into this character.

    • Rosario Dawson: (About Sin City) This is not supposed to be based on reality at all. The violence is extreme, the outfits are extreme, the love, the situations, everything is out there. It's all about entertainment.

    • Rosario Dawson: I like to see these women go out there and strut it and be powerful in the face of all of that and still be feminine. That's just something that appeals to me more.

    • Rosario Dawson: (About costuming) You should try it sometime, you'll be amazed at the strut and the life that would come out of you.

    • Rosario Dawson: All the times being like, 'Who rented this car and why are we going to this place?' You take the easy route and go, 'Oh, thanks for the champagne. I'll have another.'

    • Rosario Dawson: (About Sin City) He uses his good powers for evil, and that's when it gets to the dangerous side of it.

    • Rosario Dawson: People in Hollywood don't have that much sex, or at least I don't.

    • Rosario Dawson: I'd love to be the first one to say this, but it automatically turns into - we all have those responsibilities that we ignore because we don't feel like they're ours.

    • Rosario Dawson: All the times that you take the easier route of just kind of ignoring how that transaction's going down and not taking responsibility of putting your foot down.

    • Rosario Dawson: You can only avoid responsibility for so long. The catalyst ended up being the law coming down and finally saying, 'You guys suspended judgement and that's fine, because we're not.'

    • Rosario Dawson: (About RENT) The protagonists are not the usual sort of people in musicals.

    • Rosario Dawson: When I was a kid, I had this idea that I would have a beard when I got older. I thought it'd be nice to rub my chin.

    • Rosario Dawson: (About Sin City) The only thing that I probably would've really enjoyed doing that I didn't get to do was dance in Jessica Alba's chaps. Chaps are super sexy.

    • Rosario Dawson: Well, women can dispense their own justice. It's about just taking that power for yourself.

    • Rosario Dawson: I like romantic comedies and all that kind of stuff. But seeing a klutzy woman walk around and be insecure in front of a guy in order for him to be able to handle her sexuality? Like she's beautiful, but she doesn't know it, so it's cute? No. I want to see a woman walk in there and be like, "What? I have breasts and you're staring at them. Hmmm. Interesting."

    • Rosario Dawson: (About RENT) It's been a real labor of love for everyone, trying to stay as close as possible to the spirit of the play. I mean, you really can't touch it: It's a Pulitzer Prize-winning play! We haven't added anything, but mostly have just taken some things out, so that it's not a six-hour movie.

    • Rosario Dawson: (On NYC vs. L.A.) I think there's just a difference in energy for one. There's an easier way of resource here. You can go to the museums and the restaurants and just walking around, it's a bustling place because it's ripe for creativity. LA is a lot more stressed out and isolated and it's what people who are the big guys want to have a house and raise their kids in sunshine.

    • Rosario Dawson: When you are here [in New York] you are constantly being stimulated all the time. It's crazy. It's ripe for any kind of artist to get ideas.

    • Rosario Dawson: New York is a very spontaneous place. It's fun to do a New York movie that is trying to capture New York moments, couples and relationships and those types of things, you know it's transient. The people who do it right, try to be true to the moment and not try to make a New York movie. To make a New York movie is almost impossible because there is a million movies happening all the time...

    • Rosario Dawson: What I do is very organic stuff here. I have to be with people who really want to do it like kids who really want to make a project, that's thrown together and they went after it with love and are trying to make it and make it exciting and are putting a lot of energy into it. It's not like some regular Hollywood movie that's a big ego trip and you're just getting paid to look good and then you get paid again. A lot of stuff I've done for experience and that I try things out just to see, you know branch out and see what else I'm interested in doing or not.

    • Rosario Dawson: I really like the whole production of making a movie. I'm always interested in what's going on throughout the entire thing, the actual having it happen. It's hard to make a movie whether you are making a big budget or an independent. It's hard to make it. You have to be focused.

    • Rosario (about the movie Rent): Here were these amazing singers, all these professionals who created these roles and there I was coming into this tight knit group.
      It was a very scary situation. I was happy to have Tracie there.
      Ultimately, everyone was amazing to work with and extremely welcoming.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Rosario is so beautiful.

    10
    I love this woman. She is beautiful,talented,and a kind person. She can play anything. Her range is great and she is so racially diverse that she can play any ethnic role. She is THE ethnic actress right now. Her films roles are as diverse as she is. This young woman is an inspiration to all. She was born into a very poor family but she made something of herself. I believe she tries to help others who are now in her situation. She can do it all. The wonderful movie Rent allows her to sing,act, and dance. Rosario is also kind enough to answer her fan mail at RoRo_DawsonNYC@yahoo.commoreless
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    6.0
    I think that Rosario Dawson is a decent young actress, but she really has not done much that has been top notch. She has pulled off a variety of great roles, but I'd like to see her do a little more.
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