Rosario Dawson

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Rosario Dawson
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Dawson at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Press Conference
Born(1979-05-09) May 9, 1979 (age 35)[1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, writer
Years active1995–present
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Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson 2015 Film Indepedent Spirit Awards (cropped).jpg
Dawson at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Press Conference
Born(1979-05-09) May 9, 1979 (age 35)[1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer, writer
Years active1995–present

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, Clerks II, Rent, Death Proof, The Rundown, Eagle Eye, Alexander, Seven Pounds, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Unstoppable, and Trance.

Early life[edit]

Dawson was born in New York City, New York. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer who is of Puerto Rican and Afro-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 was announced in a guest starring role in the upcoming TV series Daredevil.[24]

Personal life[edit]

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 at the 2008 Willow Awards

Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club[27] and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the International Rescue Committee, Voto Latino,[28] and Stay, a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle Frank Jump.[29] She has participated in the Vagina Monologues (she refers to her vagina as "The General"[30]) and serves on the board for V-Day, a global non-profit movement that raises funds for women's anti-violence groups through benefits of this play.[31] In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for’s philanthropy program, More Than Footprints,[32][33] Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. Also in October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign,[34] a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence. In 2012 Dawson partnered with 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.[35]


1997Girls' Night OutGirlShort film
1998He Got GameLala Bonilla
1998Side StreetsMarisol Hidalgo
1999Light It UpStephanie Williams
2000Down to YouLana
2000King of the JungleVeronica
2001Josie and the PussycatsValerie Brown
2001Sidewalks of New YorkMaria Tedesko
2001Trigger HappyDee
2001Chelsea WallsAudrey
2002Ash WednesdayGrace Quinonez
2002The First $20 Million Is Always the HardestAlisa
2002Men in Black IILaura Vasquez
2002The Adventures of Pluto NashDina Lake
2002Love in the Time of MoneyAnna
200225th HourNaturelle Riviera
2003V-Day: Until the Violence StopsHerselfDocumentary film
2003This Girl's LifeMartine
2003Shattered GlassAndy Fox
2003The RundownMariana
2005This RevolutionTina Santiago
2005Sin CityGail
2005Little Black DressHaleyShort film
2005RentMimi Marquez
2006Clerks IIRebecca "Becky" Scott
2006A Guide to Recognizing Your SaintsLaurie
2007Death ProofAbernathy Ross
2007DescentMayaAlso Producer
2008Explicit IllsBabo's Mom
2008Eagle EyeZoe Perez
2008Seven PoundsEmily Posa
2009Wonder WomanArtemisVoice role
2009The Haunted World of El SuperbeastoVelvet Von BlackVoice role
2009The People SpeakHerselfDocumentary film
2010AwakeRobinShort film
2010Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning ThiefPersephone
2010UnstoppableConnie Hooper
2011Miss RepresentationHerselfDocumentary film
2011Girl Walks Into a BarJune
201110 YearsMary
2011FiveLiliTV film
2012Fire with FireTalia Durham
2013TranceElizabeth Lamb
2013Gimme ShelterJune Bailey
2013Cesar ChavezDolores Huerta[36]
2013Parts Per BillionMia
2014Sin City: A Dame to Kill ForGail
2014The CaptiveNicole
2014Top FiveChelsea Brown
2015Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeastNyxVoice role
2015Justice League: Throne of AtlantisWonder WomanVoice role
2003Punk'dHerself(season 1: episode 8)
2007Robot ChickenClara Palmer / Dean's Girlfriend / Woman"More Blood, More Chocolate" (season 3: episode 8)
2008Gemini DivisionAnna DiazWeb series; 50 episodes; executive producer
2009Saturday Night LiveHerself"Rosario Dawson/Fleet Foxes" (season 34: episode 13)
2009SpongeBob SquarePantsHerself"Truth or Square" (season 6: episode 23-24)
2015DaredevilClaire Temple / Night Nurse
Video games
2006Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under PressureTinaVoice role
2012SyndicateLily DrawlVoice role

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 2006, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Rent) Nominated
  • 2004, Rising Star Award Won
  • 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
  • 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[37]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1258): 30. May 10, 2013. 
  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". Marie Claire. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  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". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007-04-10. 
  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. ^ "Rent Party". Retrieved 2007-04-10. 
  14. ^ "1999: The New Master EP". Retrieved 2007-03-30. 2. Rosario 1999 
  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[dead link]
  24. ^ "Rosario Dawson Joins Marvel's Daredevil For Netflix". Marvel. June 20, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Rosario Dawson and Jason Lewis Split". Us Weekly. Archived from the original on February 12, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  26. ^ Sierra Marquina (August 5, 2012). "New Couple Alert: Danny Boyle and Rosario Dawson". E!Online. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  27. ^ Girls Club
  28. ^ "Rosario Dawson's Charity Work". Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  29. ^ "Pflag". Stay Close. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  30. ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (3 April 2013). "Rosario Dawson Calls Her Vagina ‘the General’ -- Vulture". New York. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  31. ^ WMC Exclusive: From Superdome to SUPERLOVE—V-Day at 10 by Marianne Schnall - January 30, 2008
  32. ^ Yahoo![dead link]
  33. ^ Rosario Dawson Online (2007-04-26). "Rosario Dawson Online | The Official Site Of Rosario Dawson". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  34. ^ Rosario Dawson Online (2007-04-26). "Rosario Dawson joins the RESPECT! Campaign". Retrieved 2010-05-18. 
  35. ^ Carrion, Kelly (20 July 2012). "Rosario Dawson helps kickoff 'Unbottle the World Day'". NBC Latino. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  36. ^ Wilkinson, Tracy. "Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez Movie Marches in Mexico." Los Angeles Times. July 1, 2012. Accessed 2012-10-14.
  37. ^ "First Wave of "Teen Choice 2010" Nominees Announced". The Futon Critic. June 14, 2010. Retrieved June 15, 2010. 

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