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Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson
Dawson at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Press Conference
Born (1979-05-09) May 9, 1979 [1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, writer
Years active 1995–present
Website .net.rosario-dawsonwww

Rosario Dawson[2] (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress, singer, and writer. She has appeared in films such as Kids, Men in Black II, 25th Hour, Sin City, Rent, Death Proof, The Rundown, Eagle Eye, Alexander, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Unstoppable, Trance and Top Five.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Philanthropy 4
  • Filmography 5
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Dawson was born in New York City, New York. Her mother, Isabelle Celeste, is a writer and singer who is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent. Isabel was sixteen years old when Rosario was born; she never married Rosario's biological father, Patrick C. Harris.[3][4][5] When Rosario was one year old, her mother married Greg Dawson, a construction worker, who "loved and raised Rosario as his own daughter"[3] (Dawson has stated that "He's always been my dad").[4] Dawson has a half-brother, Clay, who is four years younger. Isabel and Greg divorced in 2001. Dawson lived in Garland, Texas for a year and went to Garland High School.[6]

At the age of 21, Isabel moved the family into an abandoned building squat on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where she and her husband renovated an apartment and installed the plumbing and electrical wiring for the building, creating affordable housing where Rosario and Clay would grow up. Dawson has cited this part of her history when explaining how she learned that, "If you wanted something better, you had to do it all yourself."[7][8]


As a child, Dawson made a brief appearance on Sesame Street. At the age of 15, she was subsequently discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, where Korine lauded her as being perfect for a part he had written in his screenplay that would become the controversial 1995 film Kids. She went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters including Rent, He Got Game, and Men in Black II.[9][10][11][12][13]

Dawson in 2009

In 1999, Dawson teamed up with Prince for the re-release of his 1980s hit "1999."[14] The new remixed version featured the actress in an introductory voice over, offering commentary on the state of the world in the year before the new millennium.[15] The same year, she appeared in The Chemical Brothers' video for the song "Out of Control" from the album Surrender.[16] She is also featured on the track "She Lives In My Lap" from the second disc of the OutKast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in which she speaks the intro and a brief interlude towards the end. In 2001, she appeared in the movie, Josie and the Pussycats.

Dawson starred as Naturelle Rivera, the love interest of a convicted drug dealer played by Edward Norton, in the 2002 Spike Lee film drama, 25th Hour. In the 2004 Oliver Stone film Alexander, she played the bride of Alexander the Great. In the autumn of 2005, Dawson appeared on stage as Julia in the Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" revival of Two Gentlemen of Verona.[17] It was her first appearance on stage. “That park is so beautiful,” she said of New York's Central Park.[18]

In the film adaptation of the popular musical Rent in 2005, she played the exotic dancer Mimi Marquez, replacing Daphne Rubin-Vega, who was pregnant and unable to play the part. She also appeared in the adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City, co-directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, portraying Gail, a prostitute-dominatrix. Also in that year, she appeared in a graphically violent scene in the Rob Zombie film The Devil's Rejects. Though the scene was cut from the final film, it is available in the deleted scenes on the DVD release.

She starred as Becky in 2006's Clerks II, and mentioned in Back to the Well, the making-of documentary, that the donkey show sequence was what made her decide to take the role. In May of the same year, Dawson, an avid comic book fan, co-created the comic book miniseries Occult Crimes Taskforce.[19] She was at the 2007 Comic-Con to promote the comic. She co-starred with former Rent alum Tracie Thoms in the Quentin Tarantino throwback movie Death Proof in 2007, part of the Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grindhouse. She teamed up with friend Talia Lugacy, whom she met at the Lee Strasberg Academy, to produce and star in Descent.[20] On July 7, 2007, Dawson presented at the American leg of Live Earth.

In 2008, Dawson starred with Will Smith in Seven Pounds and in the Steven Spielberg produced Eagle Eye. Beginning in August, she starred in Gemini Division, an online TV series. In the computer animated series Afterworld she voiced the character Officer Delondre Baines.[21] On January 17, 2009, Dawson hosted Saturday Night Live. Later in the year, she voiced Artemis of Bana-Mighdall in the animated film Wonder Woman.[22]

In 2009, Dawson performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.[23]

In 2009, Dawson also voiced the character of Velvet Von Black in Rob Zombie's animated feature, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.

For the Kasabian album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, she is featured singing on the track "West Ryder Silver Bullet".

In 2010, she starred in the movies Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, as Persephone, and Unstoppable, as railway yardmaster Connie.

In 2013, she played Apple's mother in the independent film Gimme Shelter.

In 2014, she reprised her role as Gail, in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

In 2015, she played Claire Temple in the TV series Daredevil.[24]

Personal life

Dawson dated former Sex and the City star Jason Lewis for two years. They lived together in Los Angeles until they separated in November 2006.[25] She started dating director Danny Boyle in 2012, after having been cast in his 2013 film Trance.[26]

Dawson is also a self-professed Trekkie who mentioned both her and her brother's love of Star Trek in an interview with Conan O'Brien, and also demonstrating her knowledge of several words of Klingon.[27]


Dawson at the 2008 Willow Awards

Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club[28] and supports other SodaStream International in launching the first annual Unbottle the World Day, a campaign conceived in an effort to raise awareness to the impact of cans and plastic bottles on the environment.[36]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Kids Ruby
1997 Girls' Night Out Girl Short film
1998 He Got Game Lala Bonilla
1998 Side Streets Marisol Hidalgo
1999 Light It Up Stephanie Williams
2000 Down to You Lana
2000 King of the Jungle Veronica
2001 Josie and the Pussycats Valerie Brown
2001 Sidewalks of New York Maria Tedesko
2001 Trigger Happy Dee
2001 Chelsea Walls Audrey
2002 Ash Wednesday Grace Quinonez
2002 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Alisa
2002 Men in Black II Laura Vasquez
2002 The Adventures of Pluto Nash Dina Lake
2002 Love in the Time of Money Anna
2002 25th Hour Naturelle Riviera
2003 V-Day: Until the Violence Stops Herself Documentary film
2003 This Girl's Life Martine
2003 Shattered Glass Andy Fox
2003 The Rundown Mariana
2004 Alexander Roxana
2005 This Revolution Tina Santiago
2005 Sin City Gail
2005 Little Black Dress Haley Short film
2005 Rent Mimi Marquez
2006 Clerks II Rebecca "Becky" Scott
2006 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Laurie
2007 Death Proof Abernathy Ross
2007 Descent Maya Also Producer, direct-to-VOD
2008 Explicit Ills Babo's Mom
2008 Eagle Eye Zoe Perez
2008 Killshot Donna
2008 Seven Pounds Emily Posa
2009 Wonder Woman Artemis Voice role
2009 The Haunted World of El Superbeasto Velvet Von Black Voice role
2009 The People Speak Herself Documentary film
2010 Awake Robin Short film
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Persephone
2010 Unstoppable Connie Hooper
2011 Miss Representation Herself Documentary film
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar June Direct-to-YouTube
2011 Zookeeper Kate
2011 10 Years Mary
2011 Five Lili TV film
2012 Fire with Fire Talia Durham Direct-to-VOD
2013 Trance Elizabeth Lamb
2013 Gimme Shelter June Bailey
2013 César Chávez Dolores Huerta [37]
2013 Parts per Billion Mia Direct-to-VOD
2013 Raze Rachel Direct-to-VOD
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Gail
2014 The Captive Nicole Direct-to-VOD
2014 Top Five Chelsea Brown
2015 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Nyx Voice role
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Wonder Woman Voice role
2016 Ratchet & Clank Elaris Voice role
2016 Henchmen Voice role, filming
2016 Unforgettable Julia Banks Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Punk'd Herself (season 1: episode 8)
2007 Robot Chicken Clara Palmer / Dean's Girlfriend / Woman "More Blood, More Chocolate" (season 3: episode 8)
2008 Gemini Division Anna Diaz Web series; 50 episodes; executive producer
2009 Saturday Night Live Herself "Rosario Dawson/Fleet Foxes" (season 34: episode 13)
2009 SpongeBob SquarePants Herself "Truth or Square" (season 6: episode 23-24)
2015– present Marvel's Daredevil Claire Temple / Night Nurse 5 episodes
2015 Marvel's Jessica Jones Claire Temple / Night Nurse Guest Star
2016 Marvel's Luke Cage Claire Temple / Night Nurse Guest Star
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Tina Voice role
2012 Syndicate Lily Drawl Voice role

Awards and nominations

  • 2006, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
  • 2004, Rising Star Award Won
  • Black Movie Awards
  • 2006, Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Rent) Nominated
  • 2012, Best Actress in a Television Miniseries or Movie (Five) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Actress (Rent) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Ensemble (Rent) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Supporting Actress (Sin City) Nominated
  • 2003, Best Supporting Actress (25th Hour) Nominated
  • 2000, Best Actress (Light It Up) Nominated
  • Broadcast Film Critics
  • 2006, Best Song (Rent) "Seasons of Love" Nominated
  • 2012, Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special (Five) Nominated
  • 2009, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Seven Pounds) Won
  • 2006, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
  • 2000, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Light It Up) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Kiss (Sin City) Nominated
  • 2006, Best Supporting Actress Comedy or Musical (Rent) Won
  • 2006, Gamer's Choice: Breakthrough Performance Won
  • 2009, Best Female Actor in a Dramatic Web Series Won
  • 2001, Film – Choice Breakout Performance (Josie and the Pussycats) Nominated
  • 2010, Choice Movie Actress: Fantasy (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) Nominated[38]

See also


  1. ^ "Monitor".  
  2. ^ Latina. Latina publications. 1998. 
  3. ^ a b "Isabel Celeste". 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  4. ^ a b Mills, Nancy (2007-09-23). "Rosario Dawson grabs life by the horns". London: The Daily Mail. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  5. ^ "The Kid Stays in the Pictures". New York Times. February 19, 2009.
  6. ^ Rosario stated this on the March 11th, 2014 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  7. ^ Hensley, Dennis. "Rosario Dawson: From Tenement to Tinseltown".  
  8. ^ Rosario Dawson. "Using Fame and Fortune to Help Others" Newsweek; October 13, 2008; Page 58.
  9. ^ Adams, Jim (2008-09-10). "New York community fosters show biz careers | Indian Country Today | Archive". Indian Country Today. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  10. ^ Drumming, Neil (2006-07-14). "Spotlight on Rosario Dawson".  
  11. ^ Helen Barlow (2004-01-09). "Between The Rock and a hard place". The Age (Melbourne). 
  12. ^ Hensley, Dennis. "Rosario Dawson: Actress Profile". Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  13. ^ Party"Rent". Retrieved 2007-04-10. 
  14. ^ "1999: The New Master EP".  
  15. ^ "Prince & The Revolution – The New Master Lyrics". Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  16. ^ " – August 1999". Retrieved 2007-04-05. Starring Rosario Dawson of "Kids" and "He Got Game" as a cola-brandishing rebel, the new video is said to deal with a revolution in a fictional Latin American banana republic. 
  17. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Shakespeare in the Park Review; Enter 'Two Gentlemen' For a Sexy Sip of Sangría", The New York Times, August 29, 2005
  18. ^ "In Step With: Rosario Dawson". Parade Magazine. November 6, 2005. 
  20. ^ "Rosario Dawson & Talia Lugacy on Descent". ComingSoon. 
  21. ^ "Welcome to GD Files". Gemini Division 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  22. ^ "Comics Continuum cast list". 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  23. ^ The People Speak – Credits
  24. ^ "imdb: Daredevil (TV Series 2015-)". Marvel. April 10, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Rosario Dawson and Jason Lewis Split".  
  26. ^ Sierra Marquina (August 5, 2012). "New Couple Alert: Danny Boyle and Rosario Dawson". E!Online. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  27. ^ Rosario Dawson Speaks Klingon. YouTube. 10 November 2010. 
  28. ^ Girls Club
  29. ^ "Rosario Dawson's Charity Work". Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  30. ^ "Pflag". Stay Close. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  31. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (3 April 2013). "Rosario Dawson Calls Her Vagina ‘the General’ -- Vulture".  
  32. ^ WMC Exclusive: From Superdome to SUPERLOVE—V-Day at 10 by Marianne Schnall - January 30, 2008
  33. ^ Yahoo!
  34. ^ Rosario Dawson Online (2007-04-26). "Rosario Dawson Online | The Official Site Of Rosario Dawson". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  35. ^ Rosario Dawson Online (2007-04-26). "Rosario Dawson joins the RESPECT! Campaign". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  36. ^ Carrion, Kelly (20 July 2012). "'"Rosario Dawson helps kickoff 'Unbottle the World Day.  
  37. ^ Wilkinson, Tracy. "Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez Movie Marches in Mexico." Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.
  38. ^ "First Wave of "Teen Choice 2010" Nominees Announced". The Futon Critic. June 14, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 

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