Rosario Dawson

 Rosario Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress, singer, and writer. She has appeared in films such as Kids, Men in Black II, 25th Hour, Sin City, Clerks II, Rent, Death Proof, The Rundown, Eagle Eye, Alexander, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Unstoppable, and Trance.
Early life
Dawson was born in New York City, New York. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer who is of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent. Isabel was sixteen years old when Rosario was born; she never married Rosario's biological father, Patrick C. Harris. When Rosario was one year old, her mother married Greg Dawson, a construction worker, who "loved and raised Rosario as his own daughter (Dawson has stated that "He's always been my dad").Dawson has a half-brother, Clay, who is four years younger. Isabel and Greg divorced in 2006.
At the age of 21, Isabel moved the family into an abandoned building squat on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she and her husband renovated an apartment and installed the plumbing and electrical wiring for the building, creating affordable housing where Rosario and Clay would grow up. Dawson has cited this part of her history when explaining how she learned that "If you wanted something better, you had to do it all yourself.
Career
As a child, Dawson made a brief appearance on Sesame Street. At the age of 15, she was subsequently discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, where Korine lauded her as being perfect for a part he had written in his screenplay that would become the controversial 1995 film Kids. She went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters including Rent, He Got Game, and Men in Black II.
Dawson researching her role in Eagle Eye, 2007.
In 1999, Dawson teamed up with Prince for the re-release of his 1980s hit "1999. The new remixed version featured the actress in an introductory voice over, offering commentary on the state of the world in the year before the new millennium. The same year, she appeared in The Chemical Brothers' video for the song "Out of Control" from the album Surrender. She is also featured on the track "She Lives In My Lap" from the second disc of the OutKast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in which she speaks the intro and a brief interlude towards the end. In 2001, she appeared in the movie, Josie and the Pussycats.
Dawson in 2009.
Dawson starred as Naturelle Rivera, the love interest of a convicted drug dealer played by Edward Norton, in the 2002 Spike Lee film drama, 25th Hour. In the 2004 Oliver Stone film Alexander, she played the bride of Alexander the Great. In the autumn of 2005, Dawson appeared on stage as Julia in the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" revival of Two Gentlemen of Verona. It was her first appearance on stage. “That park is so beautiful,” she said of New York's Central Park.
In the film adaptation of the popular musical Rent in 2005, she played the exotic dancer Mimi Marquez, replacing Daphne Rubin-Vega, who was pregnant and unable to play the part. She also appeared in the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, portraying Gail, a prostitute-dominatrix. Also in that year, she appeared in a graphically violent scene in the Rob Zombie film The Devil's Rejects. Though the scene was cut from the final film, it is available in the deleted scenes on the DVD release.
Dawson at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
She starred as Becky in 2006's Clerks II, and mentioned in Back to the Well, the making-of documentary, that the donkey show sequence was what made her decide to take the role. In May of the same year, Dawson, an avid comic book fan, co-created the comic book miniseries Occult Crimes Taskforce. She was at the 2007 Comic-Con to promote the comic. She co-starred with former Rent alum Tracie Thoms in the Quentin Tarantino throwback movie Death Proof in 2007, part of the Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grind House. She teamed up with friend Talia Lugacy, whom she met at the Lee Strasberg Academy, to produce and star in Descent. On July 7, 2007, Dawson presented at the American leg of Live Earth.
In 2008, Dawson starred with Will Smith in Seven Pounds and in the Steven Spielberg produced Eagle Eye. Beginning in August, she starred in Gemini Division, an online TV series. In the computer animated series Afterworld she voiced the character Officer Delondre Baines. On January 17, 2009, Dawson hosted Saturday Night Live. Later in the year, she voiced Artemis of Bana-Mighdall in the animated film Wonder Woman.
In 2009, Dawson performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.
In 2009, Dawson also voiced the character of Velvet Von Black in Rob Zombie's animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.
For the Kasabian album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, she is featured singing on the track "West Ryder Silver Bullet".
In 2010, she starred in the movies Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as Persephone, and Unstoppable, as railway yardmaster Connie.
Personal life
Dawson dated former Sex and the City star Jason Lewis for two years. They lived together in Los Angeles until they separated in November 2006. She started dating director Danny Boyle in 2012, after having been cast in his 2013 film Trance.
Dawson at the 2008 Willow Awards
Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Stay Close.org (a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle Frank Jump) International Rescue Committee, and Voto Latino, and she participated in the Vagina Monologues. She is on the V-Day Board. She attended both the Democratic National Convention (in 2008) as well as the Republican National Convention (also in 2008). In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor.com’s philanthropy program, More Than Footprints, involving Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. Also in October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign,a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence. In 2012 Dawson partnered with SodaStream International in launching the first annual Unbottle the World Day, a campaign conceived in an effort to raise awareness to the impact of cans and plastic bottles on the environment.
Filmography
Film Year     Title     Role     Notes
1995     Kids     Ruby   
1997     Girls' Night Out     Girl     Short film
1998     He Got Game     Lala Bonilla   
1998     Side Streets     Marisol Hidalgo   
1999     Light It Up     Stephanie Williams   
2000     Down to You     Lana   
2000     King of the Jungle     Veronica   
2001     Josie and the Pussycats     Valerie Brown   
2001     Sidewalks of New York     Maria Tedesko   
2001     Trigger Happy     Dee   
2001     Chelsea Walls     Audrey   
2002     Ash Wednesday     Grace Quinonez   
2002     The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest     Alisa   
2002     Men in Black II     Laura Vasquez   
2002     The Adventures of Pluto Nash     Dina Lake   
2002     Love in the Time of Money     Anna   
2002     25th Hour     Naturelle Riviera   
2003     V-Day: Until the Violence Stops     Herself     Documentary film
2003     This Girl's Life     Martine   
2003     Shattered Glass     Andy Fox   
2003     The Rundown     Mariana   
2004     Alexander     Roxana   
2005     This Revolution     Tina Santiago   
2005     Sin City     Gail   
2005     Little Black Dress     Haley     Short film
2005     Rent     Mimi Marquez   
2006     Clerks II     Rebecca "Becky" Scott   
2006     A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints     Laurie   
2007     Death Proof     Abernathy Ross   
2007     Descent     Maya     Also Producer
2008     Explicit Ills     Babo's Mom   
2008     Eagle Eye     Zoe Perez   
2008     Killshot     Donna   
2008     Seven Pounds     Emily Posa     NAACP Image Award For Best Actress
2009     Wonder Woman     Artemis     Voice role
2009     The Haunted World of El Superbeasto     Velvet Von Black     Voice role
2009     The People Speak     Herself     Documentary film
2010     Awake     Robin     Short film
2010     Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief     Persephone   
2010     Unstoppable     Connie Hooper   
2011     Miss Representation     Herself     Documentary film
2011     Girl Walks Into a Bar     June   
2011     Zookeeper     Kate     Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Female Movie Star
2011     10 Years     Mary   
2011     Five     Lili     TV film
Nominated—Black Reel Awards for Best Actress in a Television Miniseries or Movie
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated-Imagen Awards for Best Actress/Television
Nominated-NAMIC Vision Awards for Best Performance - Drama
2012     Fire with Fire     Talia Durham   
2013     Trance     Elizabeth   
2013     Gimme Shelter     June Bailey   
2013     Chavez     Dolores Huerta   
2013     Parts Per Billion     Mia   
2014     Sin City: A Dame to Kill For     Gail   
2014     Queen of the Night         post-production
TBA     Finally Famous (film)         Filming
Television Year     Title     Role     Notes
2003     Punk'd     Herself     (season 1: episode 8)
2007     Robot Chicken     Clara Palmer / Dean's Girlfriend / Woman     "More Blood, More Chocolate" (season 3: episode 8)
2008     Gemini Division     Anna Diaz     Web series; 50 episodes; executive producer
2009     Saturday Night Live     Herself     "Rosario Dawson/Fleet Foxes" (season 34: episode 13)
2009     SpongeBob SquarePants     Herself     "Truth or Square" (season 6: episode 23-24)
Video games Year     Title     Role     Notes
2006     Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure     Tina     Voice role
2012     Syndicate     Lily Drawl     Voice role