Date of Birth : Jul 12th 1978
American actress, known for her role in the television series Lost and films The Fast and the Furious, S.W.A.T., and Resident Evil.
Rodríguez won her first role, in the low-budget 2000 independent film, Girlfight, after attending her first audition, having run across an ad for an open casting call. She beat 350 other applicants for the starring part of Diana Guzman, a troubled teen who decides to channel her aggression by training to become a boxer. Rodríguez’s performance was recognized by both critics and audiences. Despite major industry buzz of a possible Academy Award nomination, she did not receive the Oscar nod. Rodríguez did however accumulate several other significant awards and nominations for the role in independent circles, including major acting accolades from the National Board of Review, Deauville Film Festival, Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, Las Vegas Film Critics Sierra Awards, and many others. The film itself took home top prizes at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.
In early 2000, Rodríguez broke off a near engagement to a Muslim boyfriend, citing opposition to religious requirements he demanded of her, which included covering herself completely. In 2001, Rodríguez then dated her The Fast and the Furious co-star, Vin Diesel. In 2006, she expressed a romantic interest in Irish actor and S.W.A.T. co-star, Colin Farrell. In July 2006, Rodriguez told UK’s Cosmopolitan magazine that she was not gay, but had “experimented with both sexes”. In November of 2006, her openly bisexual Bloodrayne co-star Kristanna Loken’s comments to The Advocate were widely interpreted and reported by the media as an admission that the two were in a relationship. Asked about the relationship in April 2007, Kristanna Loken said, “We’re great friends. She’ll always remain a great, close friend of mine. I’ll always love Michelle”.