(Chris Sanchez) first came to the industry's attention with her performance in
the critically acclaimed feature, Girlfight. She was discovered at an
open casting call in New York City as one of 350 actors under consideration for
the lead role of Diana Guzman. She trained as a boxer for five months in
preparation, and her performance garnered the 2001 Independent Spirit Award for
Best Debut Performance and the 2001 National Board of Review Award for Breakout
Performance of the Year. In addition to the accolades Rodriguez received, the
film was also awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.
Since then, Rodriguez
has starred in Resident Evil alongside Milla Jovovich, The Fast and
The Furious and the hit surfing movie Blue Crush. Last summer, she
had a successful run in the off-Broadway production of "The Vagina
additional credits include the independent feature 3 AM with Pam Grier
and Danny Glover. Produced by Spike Lee's 40 Acres and A Mule, the film
premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
Now living in Jersey
City, Rodriguez divided her childhood between the Dominican Republic, Texas, and
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