ROSARIO DAWSON (June Bailey) has garnered praise for her
numerous leading roles
alongside today's hottest film actors and directors, making her one of
Hollywood's most sought-after
leading ladies. In 2007 she was named "Supporting Actress of the Year" at
won the Best Actress in a Motion Picture prize at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards
performance in Gabriele Muccino's drama Seven Pounds, opposite Will Smith. She
also received the
Half-Life Award at the 2008 CineVegas International Film Festival.
Dawson was last seen in the Danny Boyle thriller Trance, alongside James
Vincent Cassel. The film revolves around a failed art heist that pits two men
against one another as
both men develop unusual relationships with the same woman.
Dawson has a number of films set for release in the New Year. She reprises
her role as Gail
in the crime-thriller Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, alongside Jessica Alba,
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and
Bruce Willis. She co-starred in the original Sin City alongside Willis, Benicio
Del Toro, Clive Owen
and Brittany Murphy.
Dawson also stars in Atom Egoyan's forthcoming thriller The Captive, with
and Scott Speedman, and Diego Luna's Chavez, a biopic about the civil-rights
activist and labor
organizer Cesar Chavez. Dawson will play Dolores Huerta and stars alongside
Michael Pena and
Dawson recently wrapped filming Finally Famous, directed by Chris Rock.
Dawson plays the
role of a New York journalist tasked with profiling a famous stand-up comedian
turned serious actor
(played by Rock).
Dawson made her small-screen debut in the 2011 Lifetime original movie
sewed together five personal narratives depicting the effects of breast cancer
stories. Dawson received a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for her role as
Lili in an episode
directed by Alicia Keys.
Previously, Dawson starred in Frank Coraci's romantic comedy Zookeeper,
James, Adam Sandler and Jon Favreau; Tony Scott's action thriller Unstoppable,
Washington and Chris Pine; Eagle Eye, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Shia
Webber's political drama Explicit Ills, an Audience Award winner at SXSW; Robert
Quentin Tarantino's tribute to exploitation films, Grindhouse, with Kurt Russell
and Stacy Ferguson;
Talia Lugacy's Descent, which Dawson also produced; Dito Montiel's A Guide To
Saints, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri
Tatum; Chris Columbus' Rent, based on Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning
Dawson made her film debut at the age of 14 in Larry Clark's shocking,
drama Kids, in the memorable role of Ruby. Written by Harmony Korine, Kids
depicted 24 chaotic
hours in the life of a group of New York skaters. Receiving a surprise midnight
Sundance and a spot in the main competition at Cannes, the film launched
Additional film credits include Kevin Smith's Clerks 2, Peter Berg's The
Stone's Alexander, Spike Lee's He Got Game and The 25th Hour, Barry Sonnenfeld's
Men in Black II,
Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls, Billy Ray's Shattered Glass and Ed Burns' Sidewalks
of New York.
Beyond her numerous leading roles, Dawson also lends her time to a range of
organizations including Voto Latino (which she co-founded in 2004), V-Day, The
Girls Club and the Environmental Media Association, among others. Dawson was
the President's Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the community
and efforts to get
Dawson currently resides in Los Angeles.
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