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Michelle Rodriguez was born in San Antonio, Texas, on July 12, 1978.
Rodriguez has gained popularity over the years for her performances in commercially successful films like 'S.W.A.T.' in 2003 and also appearing in James Cameron's science fiction film 'Avatar', in 2009. It was in the early 2000s that Rodriguez took on the role of Letty Ortiz in The Fast And The Furious franchise.
She began her acting career in the early 2000s when she portrayed the role of a struggling boxer in the sports drama movie 'Girlfight' and went on to play the character of Rain Ocampo in the 'Resident Evil' franchise later. Rodriguez has also lent her voice to animated features like 'Turbo' and 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' while in 2010, she played the critically acclaimed role of Minerva Mirabal in the independent film 'Trópico de Sangre'. She further cemented her image as an action star with films like 'Machete', 'Machete Kills', and then starred in the action movie 'Battle: Los Angeles'. In 2018, when Rodriguez appeared in the heist film 'Widows', her acting was critically praised.
On television, Rodriguez has had success too. Her portrayal of the character Ana Lucia Cortez in the sci-fi television series 'Lost' has been highly praised. Her success continued with her roles in video game versions of 'The Fast And The Furious' and 'Avatar'.
Actress Michelle Rodriguez has a net worth of around $25 million owing to her highly successful career as an action star and her roles in commercially successful film franchises.
Rodriguez's earnings per year are under review, as of 2022.
The actress is 5 ft 5 in (165 cm) tall.
Michelle Rodriguez is 44 years old, as of 2022.
Rodriguez was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez in San Antonio, Texas, on July 12, 1978. Her parents' names are Carmen Milady Rodriguez and Rafael Rodriguez. While her mother, Carmen is of Dominican origin, her father is Puerto Rican. Rafael served in the U.S. Army for several years. Rodriguez and her mother lived in the Dominican Republic from when she was eight until she was 11 years old.
Rodriguez was a wild child and was expelled from five different schools. Though she got her G.E.D, later, she had dropped out of her high school, William L. Dickinson High School. She also spent a few years living in Puerto Rico before she finally shifted to New Jersey. She has a very large family with a total of 10 siblings and half-siblings.
Rodriguez always wanted to pursue a career as a director and screenwriter but for a while went to business school, later dropping out to try out acting. Interestingly, her D.N.A. test was done on the TV program 'Finding Your Roots,' and it revealed she is around 21% African, 73% European, and six percent Native American.
Michelle Rodriguez has been known to have dated actor Zac Efron and model Cara DeLevigne in the past. However, as of June 2022, she is single. She has no children and hasn't married.
When she went to give an audition for her first film role in 'Girlfight', she was selected by the casting directors by over 350 other applicants. Though 'Girlfight' was a low-budget independent film, it fetched the attention of filmmakers. She played the role of Diana Guzman, a disruptive young girl who takes up boxing to vent her frustration and anger.
The movie, made with a tight budget, garnered acclaim and several nominations, ultimately winning the Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival and earning other awards at Deauville Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, and many more. The film also won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
However, her first role that made Rodriguez a household name was that of Letty Ortiz in The Fast And The Furious franchise. She got her breakthrough for this role in 2001 and hasn't since looked back. One of the earlier roles in 2002 which helped her become an action star was that of Rain Ocampo in 'Resident Evil'. Rodriguez was further seen in action movies like 'Blue Crush' and 'S.W.A.T.', while she later lent her voice to the video game 'Halo 2' and the Cartoon Network series 'I.G.P.X.'.
Apart from action films, she also acted in critically acclaimed movies like the political drama 'Battle in Seattle'. The film, made in 2008, also starred Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson. In the fourth 'Fast & Furious' movie in 2009, she reprised her role again and also acted in the epic sci-fi adventure film 'Avatar'. Directed by James Cameron, broke all records and remained one of the highest-grossing films ever. This also is Rodriguez's most successful film to date.
Rodriguez reunited with James Cameron in 2019 for his film 'Alita: Battle Angel' and acted alongside Sigourney Weaver in the 2016 thriller 'The Assignment'. When Rodriguez appeared in the seventh installment of the 'Fast & Furious' series in 2015, 'Furious 7', the movie collected approximately $1.5 billion worldwide.
In her career spanning more than two decades, Rodriguez has been nominated for several awards and has won the Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award for her debut performance in the film 'Girlfight' and the Screen Actors Guild Award for 'Lost'.
For reprising her role in 'The Fast And The Furious' franchise, she has been nominated for the Teen Choice Awards several times.
Rodriguez is an adrenaline enthusiast; her hobbies range from tactical gun training to skydiving. She also loves to D.J., when she gets a chance.
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