Michelle Rodriguez on Being Tough and Authentic in Hollywood
Michelle Rodriguez, the 35-year-old spitfire who has earned a great deal of fame and acclaim for her fierce roles in high-wheeling action films, has been active in Hollywood since she was 21-years-old. The fourteen years of experience has given Rodriguez perspective on what it means to live and thrive in Hollywood as an actress, particularly when you're looking for life beyond the fame.
The Puerto Rican/Dominican actress constantly reveals herself. Beyond being a talented actress, she's also an aspiring screenwriting and a prolific DJ. The interesting and creative actress shows audiences and critics everything that she's made of with every single role she takes on; and single-handedly proves that being typecast as a strong, independent Latina is nothing to frown about.
"You allow yourself to be typecast...but at the end of the day, I'm not in it for the acting. I only wanna be someone I respect or someone that I consider interesting or fun. I'm here to entertain people and make a statement about female empowerment and strength, and that's what I've done for the last 10 years." Rodriguez said to The Hollywood Reporter in 2010."Eventually, I just got left with the strong chick [roles] that's always being killed, and there's nothing wrong with that."
Not too long ago, Rodriguez sat down with Feliciano Garcia, the host and producer of NBC Latino's Cafecito. During that interview, she spoke about her love life, but more importantly, she talked about being authentic and having good intentions when you arrive in Hollywood:
"Before you step onto the scene and try to manifest anything in life, make sure that your intent is pure. Because I really am a believer that if you're trying to be a sheep and you're really are a wolf, you're going to be unveiled." Rodiguez said. "And, it's not a good time to be a liar, a scoundrel or a vain empty carcass of a person. It's good time open up your heart and to give. And, I know this because I've seen Hollywood for the last 13 years, and it's very sad to watch people drink themselves to death, to watch people do pills, to watch people party...chase sensations all around the world, because they're empty. And, that emptiness comes from lack of love. And, you're not going to get that from audience adoration. When they're screaming and shouting and throwing their panties at you because you're some famous guy. Or, they're screaming and shouting, telling you you're the sexiest creature on earth, that's empty, babe. And, you know what, you're only going to see that in your personal life.
"But you know what, I've seen so much of it...and I moved from Hollywood, California to Venice to run from it, because I almost fell it into it, myself. Sometimes you sedate yourself because you feel like everyone is so empty around you. You're at a party and people are talking to you about air, and you're like, "Oh my god, I need another drink...." Make sure you step into this game with a mission and intent that's greater than fame."
Rodriguez will be reprising her role as Letty Ortiz in "Fast and Furious 7" in 2014, and she has two films that are on there way to theaters "Unity and Turbo."