Rosie Perez

(Rosa María Perez)

Rosie Perez
Rosie Perez
  • Born: September 6, 1964
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actress, Dancer, Choreographer, Director, Activist, Comedian, Author

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Rosa María Perez is an American actress, community activist, talk show host, author, dancer and choreographer. Her film breakthrough was in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), which she followed with White Men Can't Jump (1992). Among many honors, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fearless (1993). She was also nominated for three Emmy Awards for her work as a choreographer on In Living Color. In 2007, Perez starred on Broadway as Googie Gomez in a revival of The Ritz, and she was nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for her performance in The Take. Perez was a regular host on The View and in 2015 she returned to Broadway to star in Fish in the Dark, a play written by Larry David.

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A lot of women feel ashamed to be weak. Women
As an actor, you may do things that aren't politically correct. Unless you're an actor who only does things for political reasons. I believe if we don't do the good, bad, and the ugly, we're not going to progress.
As far as a Latin explosion, I'm sorry, I'm the only Latino who's going to say it, but there is no Latin explosion. I'm sorry. Four or five top box office people do not make it an explosion, and it's disgusting to me that people will perceive it that way.
Certain people who care about me a lot have said 'You don't play the game, and if you don't play the game, you don't get picked for the team all the time. Time
I am a positive person. I never think of the glass as half empty. I just keep pushing forward.
I did not try to conform to anybody's ideal of what a Latin celebrity or movie star should be. I took a lot of hits for it.
I didn't appreciate Brooklyn until I left it.
I don't call myself Latin, I call myself Puerto Rican.
I get bored in Hollywood.
I have a great career, and no matter what I am doing, a big blockbuster movie... or my small documentary, David Letterman will call and say I would like you to sit on my couch.
I see explicit covers on magazines, and they're getting even more explicit, and it's like, Are women being empowered, or is this just what sells magazines? Are they feeling pressured, or have they really come into themselves and are saying, 'I am woman, hear me roar?' Women
I started lying about my age when I was 18 to be older. When I turned 21, I started lying that I was 18. It's a weakness in me.
I think I just have this need to be a storyteller. That's why I wasn't a great dancer - I couldn't articulate a story. I was a better choreographer. I have the need to to just express myself in that way. I can't explain it.
I want to be in shape.
I was very willing to take on controversial roles that people didn't really want to look at.
If we can't look at the good, bad and ugly of who we are, we are never going to progress as people - ever.
I'm a lucky gal.
In movies, you shoot out of sequence, so the issue of reality is really taken out of it. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
In my circle of friends, I've always been loud and funny and talkative. But as soon as I step out of that circle, I get very quiet and introspective. I don't want the spotlight on me. Humor
The racism, the sexism, I never let it be my problem. It's their problem. If I see a door comin' my way, I'm knockin' it down. And if I can't knock down the door, I'm sliding through the window. I'll never let it stop me from what I wanna do.
We all like indie directors - heck, I even married one... but we're divorced now.
You can learn steps, but you cannot learn how to boogie.
You know, you may not be born in Puerto Rico, but Puerto Rican is definitely born in you.

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