FAST AND FURIOUS
MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ (Letty) 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 coproduce
her first film, a historical drama, with her production
company Cheshire Kat, entitled TrĂ³pico 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 excop
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.
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