ROSARIO DAWSON (Emily Posa) has garnered praise for her numerous leading roles with today's hottest film actors and directors, making her one of Hollywood's most sought after leading ladies.
Dawson will next be seen in the Weinstein Company's Killshot, directed by John Madden and starring Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane and Johnny Knoxville. The film is based on the best-selling crime novel about a couple who enters a witness protection program, but still find themselves targets of two hit men.
Dawson received critical acclaim for her performance as Mimi Valdez in the Chris Columbus-directed film adaptation of the famed Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Larson Broadway musical Rent, joining many of the original Broadway cast members including Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse Martin and Taye Diggs.
Most recently, Dawson starred opposite Shia LaBeouf in the smash hit Eagle Eye, which opened #1 at the box office and went on to take in nearly $100,000,000.
In 2008, Dawson also starred in the political drama Explicit Ills, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival. The film received praise from critics, as well as three awards including the Audience Award at the festival.
Prior to that, she appeared in Deathproof, Quentin Tarantino's half of the horror project Grindhouse. Deathproofâ€ť was chosen as an in-competition film for the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and has continued its success overseas.
Dawson starred in and produced the film Descent for director Talia Lugacy. Premiering in 2007 at the Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews, it was Dawson's first self-produced feature film under her production banner, Trybe Films. Dawson also produced a 15-minute short film entitled Bliss Virus, written and directed by Talia Lugacy. Additionally, Dawson hopes to produce Lugacy's first feature sometime in the near future.
Dawson won critical acclaim for her portrayal of Becky in Kevin Smith's Clerks 2 for the Weinstein Company in 2006. She was also seen in A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints opposite Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri and Channing Tatum. The film was honored at the Sundance Film Festival and received the award for Special Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film.
In 2004 and 2005, Dawson carved out memorable performances in three films featuring fabulous ensemble casts. Dawson played Roxanne, wife of Alexander the Great in the Oliver Stone epic Alexander, rounding out an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins and Jared Leto; she made a huge impact starring in the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film noir drama Sin City starring Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen and Brittany Murphy (and will reprise her role in the highly anticipated Sin City 2).
In 2003, Dawson co-starred with Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott and Christopher Walken in Universal/Columbia's action/comedy The Rundown,. She also appeared in Shattered Glass with Hayden Christensen, Chloe Sevigny and Steve Zahn; and in the indie film This Girl's Life, starring James Woods and Juliette Marquis.
Dawson shone on screen when she starred in the acclaimed Spike Lee film The 25th Hour opposite Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Barry Pepper. She starred opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Columbia Pictures' Men in Black II, and in Chelsea Walls for director Ethan Hawke, based on the play of the same name.
Dawson appeared in Paramount Classics' Sidewalks of New York, a romantic comedy written and directed by the film's star Ed Burns, in which she also co-starred with Heather Graham, Stanley Tucci and Brittany Murphy. She subsequently appeared in Burns' follow-up, Ash Wednesday, along with Burns and Elijah Wood.
She can also be seen in the independent film Love in the Time of Money written and directed by theater director Peter Mattei, which premiered to acclaim at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The film also stars Steve Buscemi, Carol Kane, Michael Imperioli and Adrian Grenier.
Dawson made her film debut in the highly acclaimed and controversial hit Kids. Directed by photographer Larry Clark with a script by Harmony Korine, Kids depicts a chaotic 24-hour period in the lives of several New York skaters. The film features a group of kids pulled from the streets of New York, as opposed to professional actors. When the film was given a surprise midnight screening at Sundance and a spot in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Dawson's film career was well underway.
Dawson also received critical acclaim for her performance in Spike Lee's He Got Game, in which she starred opposite Denzel Washington.
Dawson's other film credits include Light It Up opposite Forest Whitaker and Vanessa Williams; and Josie and the Pussycats with Rachel Leigh Cook and Tara Reid.
Dawson currently resides in Los Angeles.
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