ROSARIO DAWSON (DOLORES HUERTA) 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. At the age of 14,
Dawson debuted in the critically acclaimed Kids and went on to gain accolades in
roles such as 'Mimi Marquez' in the film Rent. She was honored in 2007 at the
esteemed ShoWest where she received the award for "Supporting Actress of the
Year." Dawson was awarded the "Best Actress in a Motion Picture" Award at the
2009 NAACP Image Awards for her performance in Seven Pounds and the "Half-Life"
Award at the 2008 Cine Vegas International Film Festival alongside Don Cheadle,
Viggo Mortensen and Sam Rockwell.
Most recently Dawson can be seen on the big screen in Gimme Shelter, which
was released on January 24th, 2014. Dawson plays as 'June Bailey' the drug
addicted mother alongside Brendan Fraser and Vanessa Hudgens. Following Gimme
Shelter, Dawson will star in Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez, a biopic on the
civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Dawson stars alongside
Michael Pena and America Ferrera. The
film is slated for release March 28, 2014. Dawson also stars in the
crime-thriller Sin City: A Dame to Kill For alongside Jessica Alba, Joseph
Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Based on the graphic novel, Dawson will resume
her role as "Gale." The movie is slated for domestic release on August 22, 2013.
Dawson will also be seen next year in Atom Egoyan's directed thriller The
Captive. Dawson recently wrapped production on Finally Famous, directed by Chris
Rock. Dawson stars as a New York journalist tasked with profiling a famous
stand-up comedian turned serious actor played by Chris Rock.
Dawson was last seen in the Danny Boyle thriller Trance alongside James
McAvoy and Vincent Cassel. The film is centered on a failed art heist that pits
two men against one another, though they both develop unusual relationships with
the same woman. Dawson was in the Sony Pictures' romantic comedy Zookeeper
starring star opposite Kevin James, Sylvester Stallone, Adam Sandler and Jon
Dawson made her small screen debut in the Lifetime original movie, "Project
Five," which sewed together five personal narratives depicting the effects of
breast cancer through survivor stories. Dawson, directed by Alicia Keys,
received a 2012 NAACP Image Award nomination for her role as 'Lili'.
In 2010 Dawson starred in the Fox action thriller Unstoppable alongside
Denzel Washington and Chris Pine directed by Tony Scott. Unstoppable was #1 at
the box office during its opening weekend, and has earned well over $100 million
Dawson appeared in the Sony drama Seven Pounds opposite Will Smith in 2008.
Gabriele Muccino, of The Pursuit of Happyness, directed the film that follows a
guilt-ridden man who falls in love during his extraordinary journey of
redemption. Her moving performance gained her acclaim and praise from critics
and fans alike.
Also in 2008, Dawson co-starred in Eagle Eye opposite Billy Bob Thornton and
Shia LaBeouf for Paramount/Dreamworks. This thriller follows a young slacker and
single mother as they mistakenly get caught up in a terrorist political
assassination. Eagle Eye was number one in the box office opening weekend. That
same year Dawson was seen 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.
Dawson worked with Quentin Tarantino in the horror project Grindhouse. The
project was a joint venture consisting of two feature films, one directed by
Tarantino and the other by Robert Rodriguez. The films featured an ensemble cast
ranging from Kurt Russell to Stacey Ferguson. Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino's
half of the double feature, 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.
This was her first self produced feature film under her production banner, Trybe
Films. Descent premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews.
Dawson starred in Kevin Smith's Clerks 2 for the Weinstein Company in which
she earned much critical acclaim for her comedic portrayal of 'Becky'. She was
also seen in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints opposite Robert Downey Jr., Shia
LaBeouf, Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri and Channing Tatum. A Guide to
Recognizing Your Saints was honored at the Sundance Film Festival where it
received the award for "Special Jury Prize for a Dramatic Film."
In 2005, Dawson showed great range in the film adaptation of famed Broadway
play Rent. Dawson shone as 'Mimi Valdez' in the Chris Columbus directed version
of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Jonathan Larson musical, joining many of the
original cast members including Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse Martin, and
Taye Diggs. The film was produced by Michael Barnathan, Jane Rosenthal and
Robert De Niro, and was distributed by Revolution Studios under the SONY
umbrella. Rent received enormous acclaim from both critics and industry peers
Dawson made a huge impact in the 2005 Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film noir
drama Sin City. She played the role of 'Gail' in the third and final installment
of the film based on Miller's graphic novel series, which also stars Bruce
Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen, and Brittany Murphy. This
Miramax/Dimension film opened #1 at the box office and was in dramatic
competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
Dawson co-starred in the Oliver Stone epic Alexander for Warner Brother's
pictures alongside an all-star cast including Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie,
Anthony Hopkins, and Jared Leto. Dawson played the roll of 'Roxanne,' wife of
Great (Farrell). She was also seen co-starring with Dwayne Johnson and
Christopher Walken in Universal's action/comedy The Rundown.
Dawson shone on-screen starring in the acclaimed Spike Lee film, The 25th
Hour, opposite Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Barry Pepper. She had
recently starred opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Columbia Pictures',
Men in Black 2 and in The Adventures of Pluto Nash, a futuristic action/comedy,
starring opposite Eddie Murphy. She also starred in two Lions Gate films,
Chelsea Walls, for director Ethan Hawke, which was based on the play of the same
name and the drama Shattered Glass with Hayden Christensen, Chloe Sevigny and
Steve Zahn. The film has received considerable critical acclaim and was an award
show contender in 2004.
Some of Dawson's other credits include the independent film Love In the Time
of Money, written and directed by theater director Peter Marrei, which premiered
with high acclaim at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The dark comedy chronicles
the lives of nine New Yorkers connected through searches for love and sex in the
city. The film also stars Steve Buscemi, Carol Kane, Michael Imperioli and
Adrian Grenier. She can also be seen in Paramount Classic's Sidewalks of New
York, a romantic comedy, written, directed, and starring Ed Burns as well as
Heather Graham, Stanley Tucci and Brittany Murphy.
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 depicted 24 hours in the life if a group of New York Skaters and the havoc
that runs through it. The film features a group of kids actually pulled from the
streets in New York, as opposed to professional actors. With a surprise midnight
screening at the Sundance and a spot in the main competition at the Cannes Film
Festival, her film career was well underway.
Dawson's other film credits include: Spike Lee's He Got Game opposite Denzel
Washington; Light It Up, opposite Forrest Whitaker and Vanessa Williams; Down To
You with Freddie Prinze Jr.; and, Josie and the Pussycats, with Rachel Leigh
Cook and Tara Reid.
In addition to her numerous leading roles, Dawson also lends her time to a
range of influential organizations including Voto Latino, which she co-founded
in 2004, V-
Day, The Lower Eastside Girls Club and the Environmental Media Association
amongst others. Dawson was recently awarded the President's Volunteer Service
Award for her valuable contributions to the community and encouragement in
getting others involved.
Dawson currently resides in Los Angeles.