Rodriguez, Michelle: Actress Profile

Michelle Rodriguez stars as Letty in “Fast & Furious,” which is being released by Universal Pictures on April 3. 2009. Rodriguez is a versatile actress known for her ability to combine a tough-girl physicality with a natural beauty and unforced sex appeal. 

She was recently seen in Battle in Seattle, co-starring with Charlize Theron, and recently wrapped filming James Cameron’s $200 million sci-fi epic Avatar, scheduled for release in December 2009.  She will both star and co-produce her first film, a historical drama, with her production company Cheshire Kat, entitled Trópico de sangre. 

Born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez in Bexar County, Texas, she worked as an extra for two years, satisfying her curiosity about moviemaking.  After that, she decided to pursue acting and landed her first audition from an ad she spotted in Back Stage newspaper, and was soon acting in the hit indie film Girlfight.  The role garnered Rodriguez numerous awards and much critical acclaim.  This success quickly launched her as a young star on the rise in Hollywood.
Still going strong off of the success of her acting debut, she went on to co-star opposite Danny Glover in the Showtime network drama 3 A.M., and the adrenaline-charged mega-hit The Fast and the Furious, starring opposite Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.  An avid video-game fan who has since lent her voice to various popular games, including True Crime: Streets of LA, Driv3r and Halo 2, Rodriguez jumped at the opportunity to take a role in Resident Evil, an adaptation of the hit video-game series.  

Her other feature film credits include Blue Crush; the summer blockbuster S.W.A.T., starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Farrell; and Control, with Ray Liotta.

In 2005, a new chapter of her career began when she took a starring role in ABC’s hugely popular television series Lost, playing haunted and hardened ex-cop Ana-Lucia Cortez, who was revealed during the show’s second season after making a brief appearance at the end of the first.

Rodriguez is in the process of launching a clothing line called Ishkadada, from which a portion of the profits will benefit various animal and children’s charities.