Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez


9/6/1964, Brooklyn, New York, New York

Birth Name

Rosie Maria Perez


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Rosie Perez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, a New York neighborhood, on September 6, 1964. Her mother was a singer of Afro-Puerto Rican descent, but Perez spent most of her childhood being cared for by foster parents. She attended Los Angeles City College after high school, relocating to…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Rosie is 5' 1½".

    • Rosie appears in the music video "White Men Can't Jump" by Riff. She also co-starred in the movie with the same name opposite Woody Harrelson, playing his Jeopardy obsessed girlfriend.

    • Rosie practices Kung-Fu, Yoga, and Meditation to stay in shape and centered in spirit.

    • Rosie created and executive produced the HBO television movie Subway Stories. She acted opposite Michael McGlore in the 'Love on the A Train' segment.

    • Rosie starred opposite John Leguizamo in King Of The Jungle, playing his mother's lesbian lover. The film was made in 1998, and directed by Rosenfeld.

    • Rosie co-produced and starred in the 1998 movie The 24 hour Woman. She played a television talk show host who becomes pregnant and has difficulty adjusting to juggling work, marriage, and motherhood.

    • Rosie acted in a play that was written and directed in 24 hours to raise funds for the charity 'Working Playground'.

    • Rosie is a strong supporter of AIDS education and research. Her mother suffers with the disease.

    • Rosie appears in print advertisements, as well as television commercials for Hispanic Scholarship Funds.

    • Rosie's vocals appear on the Pet Shop Boys song "The Boy Who Couldn't Keep His Clothes On". She is listed under another name on the album.

    • Rosie was arrested for disorderly conduct while protesting US Navy bomb tests on Vieques, a small island off of the coast of Puerto Rico.

    • Rosie was a Choreographer of music videos and stage shows for Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, and LL cool J.

    • Rosie was nominated in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993 for Emmy Awards for 'Outstanding Achievement in Choreography' for her role on In Living Color.

    • Rosie broke down crying on the set of Do The Right Thing, in her love scene with Spike Lee. She felt so uncomfortable with the contents of the scene, that she asked to stop, so she could regroup before continuing.

    • Rosie went to perform at the Los Angeles club 'Funky Reggae' after she left Soul Train. Spike Lee spotted her, and knew that she was the one for the part of Mookie's girlfriend in his new movie Do The Right Thing.

    • Rosie is known as an actor, dancer, choreographer, producer, and manager of the all-girl group '5AM'.

    • Rosie is known for her thick Brooklyn accent, nasal voice, fast talking, and 'in your face' attitude.

    • Rosie left New York for California after graduating from high school, to study Marine Biology at Los Angeles City college.

  • Quotes

    • Rosie: Why would someone be so arrogant and smug to think children would only want to learn one language?

    • Rosie: As far as a Latin explosion, I'm sorry, I'm the only Latino who's going to say it, but there is no Latin explosion. I'm sorry. Four or five top box office people do not make it an explosion, and it's disgusting to me that people will perceive it that way.

    • Rosie: As an actor, you may do things that aren't politically correct. Unless you're an actor who only does things for political reasons. I believe if we don't do the good, bad, and the ugly, we're not going to progress.

    • Rosie: In my circle of friends, I've always been loud and funny and talkative. But as soon as I step out of that circle, I get very quiet and introspective. I don't want the spotlight on me.

    • Rosie: The majority of Latin actresses in Hollywood were always playing either spitfires or maids. Now here is a woman who comes in and does leads opposite white people and black people and other Spanish people, and she's comfortable in her skin? Gasp! How dare she?

    • Rosie: The racism, the sexism, I never let it be my problem, it's their problem. If I see a door coming my way, I'm knockin' it down. And if I can't knock down the door, I'm sliding through the window. I've never let it stop me from what I wanna do.

    • Rosie: My aunt had five children of her own, and we all lived together in four rooms. I loved getting into bed with my aunt and listening to her tell me things. She taught me who I am.

    • Rosie: We're a peaceful, loving people, until you push a Puerto Rican against a wall. Then it's hold up, it's on. The Vieques protest personified that I felt a part of things.

    • Rosie: The biggest struggle I had was having people recognize I was an intelligent human being. They thought that since I had an accent, I must be stupid.

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