Oscar Actors: Perez, Rosie–Fearless, Supporting Actress Nominee

Rosie Perez plays Carol in David Gordon Green’s new comedy, “PIneapple Express,” produced by Judd Apathow.

Perez most recently starred on the big screen in Brad Furmans The Take opposite John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson and Bobby Cannavale. She recently received good reviews for her performance as Googie Gomez in The Ritz on Broadway opposite Kevin Chamberlain.

Perez received critical acclaim for her directorial debut, “Yo Soy Boricua Paque Tu Lo Sepas!,” a documentary which celebrates Puerto Rican pride. Narrated by Jimmy Smits, the film uncovers the complex and controversial history between Puerto Rico and the United States. Yo Soy Boricua Paque Tu Lo Sepas! was the highest-attended film at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film was produced by Moxie Firecracker Films in association with Perezs own Ten In a Car Productions. Perez also served as executive producer on the project.

Perez starred in George Wolfes acclaimed film “Lackawanna Blues,” for which her performance garnered her a 2006 NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special. The film won Best Film or Mini-Series Made for Cable TV from the National Board of Review and was nominated for Eddie, DGA, WGA, Humanitas, NAACP Image, and Independent Spirit Awards. Lackawanna Blues debuted on HBO.

On the big screen, Perezs performance in Peter Weirs Fearless garnered her Golden Globe and Oscar Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actress league.

Perezs other film credits include Human Nature, Riding in Cars with Boys, Do the Right Thing, Night on Earth, White Men Cant Jump, Untamed Heart, and It Could Happen to You.

As a producer, Perezs credits include Nancy Savocas 24 Hour Woman for The Shooting Gallery and HBOs Rosie Perez Presents Societys Ride, which ran as three parts, and Subway Stories, an anthology of short films that she created.

Perez began her career as a choreographer for such artists as Bobby Brown, LL Cool J and Diana Ross. She also choreographed and directed the Fly Girls on Fox Televisions In Living Color, for which she received NAACP Image Award and Emmy nominations.

Perez made her Broadway debut in the hit revival of Terrence McNallys Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune opposite Joe Pantoliano. She went on to star in Craig Lucas Reckless opposite Mary-Louise Parker at The Biltmore Theater in Fall 2004. Previously, Rosie performed on stage in Eve Enslers critically acclaimed The Vagina Monologues in the New York, Los Angeles and Boston productions and Jose Riveras highly acclaimed References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre for which she won a Theatre World Award. Perez also performed in the Los Angeles Philharmonics A Midsummer Nights Dream and a staged reading of Borrowed Light at Alice Tully Hall, which was a series of monologues on the evolution of life behind bars written by female inmates.