The Info List - Rosario Dawson

Rosario Isabel Dawson[2] (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress, producer, singer, comic book writer, and political activist. She made her feature film debut in the 1995 independent drama Kids. Her subsequent film roles include He Got Game
He Got Game
(1998), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), Men in Black II
Men in Black II
(2002), 25th Hour
25th Hour
(2005), Rent (2005), Sin City
Sin City
(2005), Death Proof
Death Proof
(2007), Seven Pounds
Seven Pounds
(2008), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Unstoppable (2010), and Top Five
Top Five
(2014). Dawson has also provided voice-over work for Disney and DC. For her role in Rent, Dawson won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture; for her role in Top Five, she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. Dawson currently portrays Claire Temple in five of the Marvel/Netflix shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Politics 5 Philanthropy 6 Filmography

6.1 Film 6.2 Television 6.3 Music video 6.4 Video games 6.5 Audio Books

7 Awards and nominations 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Early life[edit] Dawson was born in New York City. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer of Puerto Rican and Cuban ancestry. Isabel was 16 years old when Rosario was born; she never married Rosario's biological father, Patrick C. Harris.[3][4][5] When Rosario was a year old, her mother married Greg Dawson, a construction worker, who "loved and raised Rosario as his own daughter".[3] Dawson stated, "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
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, a squat on the Lower East Side
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] Career[edit]

Dawson in 2009

As a child, Dawson made a brief appearance on Sesame Street. At age 15, she was subsequently discovered on her front-porch step by photographer Larry Clark
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
He Got Game
and Men in Black II.[9][10][11][12][13] In 1998, 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 following 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 as band member Valerie Brown.

Dawson at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Dawson starred as Naturelle Rivera, the love interest of a convicted drug dealer played by Edward Norton, in the 2002 Spike Lee
Spike Lee
film drama, 25th Hour. In the 2004 Oliver Stone
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.[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
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 San Diego Comic-Con to promote the comic. She co-starred with former Rent alum Tracie Thoms in the Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
throwback movie Death Proof
Death Proof
in 2007, part of the Tarantino/ Robert Rodriguez
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.

Dawson at the San Diego Comic-Con
San Diego Comic-Con
in 2014

In 2008, Dawson starred with Will Smith
Will Smith
in Seven Pounds
Seven Pounds
and in Eagle Eye, produced by Steven Spielberg. 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
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. The following year, 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, a role which she reprised in Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.[24] Dawson's likeness was also used in the Jessica Jones tie-in comic as her character on both shows. Temple has continued this role in 2017 in Iron Fist and The Defenders. Personal life[edit] After months of speculation, Dawson and comedian Eric Andre
Eric Andre
confirmed in February 2017 that they were in a relationship.[25] Rosario shared in September 2017 that she and Andre were still together and he supported her during surgery due to a ruptured ovarian cyst and internal bleeding. As of November 2017, the couple had separated.[26] Dawson is a self-professed Trekkie who mentioned both her and her brother's love of Star Trek
Star Trek
in an interview with Conan O'Brien, and also demonstrated her knowledge of several Klingon
words.[27] Politics[edit]

Dawson at the Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
rally in Washington Square Park, 2016

Dawson was arrested in 2004, while protesting against president George W. Bush.[28] Dawson endorsed Barack Obama
Barack Obama
for re-election in 2012,[29] and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 Democratic Party primaries.[30] On April 15, 2016, Dawson was among the protesters arrested during Democracy Spring
Democracy Spring
in Washington, D.C.[31] In the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election Dawson endorsed US Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein, saying she could not support either Donald Trump
Donald Trump
or Hillary Clinton, as she felt they were for the elites.[32] Philanthropy[edit]

Dawson at the 2008 Willow Awards

Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side
Lower East Side
Girls Club[33] and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Operation USA, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the International Rescue Committee, Voto Latino,[34] and Stay Close.org, a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle[35] Frank Jump.[36] She has participated in the Vagina Monologues
Vagina Monologues
(she refers to her vagina as "The General")[37] 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.[38] In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor.com's philanthropy program, More Than Footprints, 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,[39] a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence. In 2012, Dawson partnered with SodaStream International
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.[40] Dawson also sits on the Board of Directors of Scenarios USA, which works to support a generation of reflective, outspoken, and confident youth through filmmaking and uses film to educate students through a variety of programs. Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1995 Kids Ruby

1997 Girls' Night Out Girl Short film

1998 He Got Game Lala Bonilla

Side Streets Marisol Hidalgo

1999 Light It Up Stephanie Williams

2000 Down to You Lana

King of the Jungle Veronica

2001 Josie and the Pussycats Valerie Brown

Sidewalks of New York Maria Tedesko

Trigger Happy Dee

Chelsea Walls Audrey

2002 Ash Wednesday Grace Quinonez

First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, TheThe First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Alisa

Men in Black II Laura Vasquez

Adventures of Pluto Nash, TheThe Adventures of Pluto Nash Dina Lake

Love in the Time of Money Anna

25th Hour Naturelle Riviera

2003 V-Day: Until the Violence Stops Herself Documentary film

This Girl's Life Martine

Shattered Glass Andy Fox

Rundown, TheThe Rundown Mariana

2004 Alexander Roxana

2005 This Revolution Tina Santiago

Sin City Gail

Little Black Dress Haley Short film

Rent Mimi Marquez

2006 Clerks II Rebecca "Becky" Scott

Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, AA Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Laurie

2007 Death Proof Abernathy Ross

Descent Maya Also producer, direct-to-VOD

2008 Explicit Ills Babo's Mom

Eagle Eye Zoe Perez

Killshot Donna

Seven Pounds Emily Posa

2009 Wonder Woman Artemis (voice)

Haunted World of El Superbeasto, TheThe Haunted World of El Superbeasto Velvet Von Black (voice)

People Speak, TheThe People Speak Herself Documentary film

2010 Awake Robin Short film

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Persephone

Unstoppable Connie Hooper

2011 Miss Representation Herself Documentary film

Girl Walks into a Bar June

Zookeeper Kate

10 Years Mary

2012 Fire with Fire Talia Durham

Hotel Noir Sevilla, the Maid

2013 Trance Elizabeth Lamb

Gimme Shelter June Bailey

César Chávez Dolores Huerta [41]

Parts per Billion Mia

Raze Rachel

2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Gail

The Ever After Herself

Captive, TheThe Captive Nicole

Top Five Chelsea Brown

2015 Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Nyx (voice)

Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Voice

Puerto Ricans in Paris Vanessa

2016 Justice League
Justice League
vs. Teen Titans Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Voice

Ratchet & Clank Elaris (voice)

2017 Justice League
Justice League
Dark Diana Prince / Wonder Woman Voice

Lego Batman Movie, TheThe Lego Batman Movie Barbara Gordon
Barbara Gordon
/ Batgirl Voice

Unforgettable Julia Banks

Krystal Krystal

TBA Henchmen Jolene (voice) In post-production


Year Title Role Notes

2003 Punk'd Herself Season 1; episode 8

2007 Robot Chicken Various (voice) Episode: "More Blood, More Chocolate"

2008 Gemini Division Anna Diaz Web series; 50 episodes; also executive producer

2009 Saturday Night Live Herself Episode: "Rosario Dawson/Fleet Foxes"

SpongeBob SquarePants Episode: "Truth or Square"

2011 Five Lili Television movie

2015–present Daredevil Claire Temple Main role (8 episodes)

Jessica Jones Episode: "AKA Smile"

2016–present Luke Cage Main role (8 episodes)

2017–present Iron Fist Main role (6 episodes)

2017 The Defenders

2018 Jane the Virgin Jane Ramos Recurring role (season 4)[42]

Music video[edit]

Year Artist Song Notes

1999 Chemical Brothers Out of Control

2002 Aaliyah Miss You Cameo

2017 Jay Z
Jay Z
featuring Beyoncé Family Feud Promo video for Tidal

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice Role

2006 Marc Eckō's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Tina

2012 Syndicate Lily Drawl

2016 Ratchet & Clank Elaris

2 Meagan Foster/Billie Lurk

2017 Wilson's Heart Elsa Wolcott

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Billie Lurk

Audio Books[edit]

Year Title Author

2017 Artemis Andy Weir

Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Rosario Dawson See also[edit]

List of Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rico portal Biography portal


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Rosario Dawson
grabs life by the horns". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved November 8, 2010.  ^ "The Kid Stays in the Pictures". The New York Times. February 19, 2009.  ^ Rosario stated this on the March 11, 2014 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! ^ Hensley, Dennis. "Rosario Dawson: From Tenement to Tinseltown". Marie Claire. Archived from the original on March 14, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2007.  ^ Rosario Dawson. "Using Fame and Fortune to Help Others" Newsweek; October 13, 2008; Page 58. ^ Adams, Jim (September 10, 2008). "New York community fosters show biz careers". Indian Country Today. Retrieved May 18, 2010.  ^ Drumming, Neil (April 14, 2006). "Spotlight on Rosario Dawson". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 10, 2007.  ^ Barlow, Helen (January 9, 2004). "Between The Rock and a hard place". The Age. Melbourne.  ^ Hensley, Dennis. "Rosario Dawson: Actress Profile". Movies.go.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2007.  ^ "Rent Party". NewYorkCool.com. November 2005. Retrieved April 10, 2007.  ^ "1999: The New Master EP". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 30, 2007.  ^ "Prince & The Revolution – The New Master Lyrics". Retrieved March 30, 2007.  ^ SlickMedia.com. August 1999 http://www.slickmedia.com/super/bn990830.htm. Retrieved April 5, 2007. Starring Rosario Dawson
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.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ Brantley, Ben (August 29, 2005). " Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare in the Park
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Rosario Dawson
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Eric Andre
Split". People. Retrieved December 14, 2017.  ^ Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
Speaks Klingon. YouTube. November 10, 2010.  ^ Silverman, Stephen M. (August 30, 2004). " Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
Arrested in NY Bush Protest". People. Retrieved February 13, 2018.  ^ Smialek, Jeanna (September 5, 2012). "Democrats use DNC to woo Latino vote". The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved April 25, 2016.  ^ Kahn, Mattie (March 25, 2016). " Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
Supports Bernie Sanders in Powerful Open Letter". Elle. Retrieved April 25, 2016.  ^ "Report: Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
arrested at rally". The Hill. April 15, 2016. Retrieved April 25, 2016.  ^ "Which Hollywood Stars are Voting for Third-Party Candidates?". The Hollywood Reporter. November 8, 2016. Retrieved October 3, 2017.  ^ "GirlsClub.org". Archived from the original on August 22, 2007.  ^ "Rosario Dawson's Charity Work". LooktotheStars.org. Retrieved July 30, 2011.  ^ "Home - Scenarios USAScenarios USA". www.scenariosusa.org. Retrieved July 30, 2017.  ^ "Pflag". StayClose.org. Retrieved July 30, 2011.  ^ Vineyard, Jennifer (April 3, 2013). " Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
Calls Her Vagina 'the General'". New York. Retrieved April 24, 2014.  ^ Schnall, Marianne (January 30, 2008). "WMC Exclusive: From Superdome to SUPERLOVE – V-Day at 10". Archived from the original on January 4, 2010.  ^ " Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
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Awards for Rosario Dawson

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Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Musical or Comedy (1996–2005, retired)

Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
(1996) Joan Cusack
Joan Cusack
(1997) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1998) Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener
(1999) Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson
(2000) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(2001) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(2002) Patricia Clarkson
Patricia Clarkson
(2003) Regina King
Regina King
(2004) Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson

Motion Picture Drama (1996–2005, retired)

Courtney Love
Courtney Love
(1996) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(1997) Kimberly Elise
Kimberly Elise
(1998) Chloë Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
/ Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(2000) Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly
(2001) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2002) Maria Bello
Maria Bello
(2003) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(2004) Laura Linney
Laura Linney

Motion Picture (2006–present)

Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson
(2006) Amy Ryan
Amy Ryan
(2007) Rosemarie DeWitt
Rosemarie DeWitt
(2008) Mo'Nique
(2009) Jacki Weaver
Jacki Weaver
(2010) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2011) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2012) June Squibb (2013) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2014) Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander
(2015) Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris
(2016) Lois Smith
Lois Smith

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Streamy Awards
Streamy Awards
Winners for Best Acting Performance


Felicia Day
Felicia Day
/ Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2009) Felicia Day
Felicia Day
/ Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis
(2010) Hannah Hart
Hannah Hart
/ Ken Marino
Ken Marino
(2013) Mamrie Hart
Mamrie Hart
/ David Milchard (2014) Mamrie Hart
Mamrie Hart


Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson
/ Alessandro Juliani (2009) Rachael Hip-Flores
Rachael Hip-Flores
/ Mark Gantt
Mark Gantt
(2010) Missy Peregrym
Missy Peregrym
/ Xander Berkeley
Xander Berkeley
(2013) Ashley Clements / Joey Graceffa
Joey Graceffa
(2014) DeStorm Power
DeStorm Power


Colleen Ballinger
Colleen Ballinger
/ James Van Der Beek
James Van Der Beek
(2015) Jenn McAllister
Jenn McAllister
/ Chris Kendall (2016)

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