Sep. 6th, 1964
Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City
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Rosie Perez was born in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York City to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine. She is of Puerto Rican descent. Rosie attended Grover Cleveland High School located in Ridgewood, Queens, New York, and later enrolled at Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California. Rosie Perez was in her second year of college, and just about to move back to New York from Los Angeles. Her friends had given her a going away party. When Spike Lee proposed that she work in his film Do the Right Thing (1989), she accepted. It would be her first major acting role. She went on to play the supporting role of Carla Rodrigo in Peter Weir's Fearless (1993), for which was nominated an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (she lost to Anna Paquin for The Piano (1993).Later became a choreographer of music videos and stage shows for such performers as Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, LL Cool J and The Boys.Practices kung fu.
(January 6, 2000) Arrested for disorderly conduct in New York City following a rally to protest United States Navy bomb tests on Vieques, a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico.
Jumped on stage during the second Technotronic performance when Fred Savage hosted Saturday Night Live (1975) (Season 15, Episode 14: 24 February 1990).
Attended and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens, New York.
Was a former Soul Train (1971) dancer during the 1980s.
Was appointed to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS by President Barack Obama in 2010.
Suffered serious neck and hip injuries while filming Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hardwired (2009). She accepted an honor from President Barack Obama, in a wheelchair and neck-brace weeks after having surgery.
Parents are Ismael Serraro and Lydia Perez.
Cousin of Sixto Ramos.
Has one half-sister: Carmen Perez.
Friends with the late Tupac Shakur.
Most of the criticism I got early in my career was from the Latin community. They used to take me out to lunch and tell me, "Can you go and take lessons to lessen your accent?". Or, "When you're on a talk show, can you not be so funny and loud?". People gave me so much crap about my voice, and I tried. I really did try to change, but it was the way I spoke. As I got older, the octaves dropped, thank God. Now I find it flattering if a sixteen-year-old comes up and starts imitating me.
Boxing is about pushing through your fears. It's more about fighting yourself. Floyd Mayweather could get punched - like clean shot down the middle to his face - and he wouldn't flinch. And I understand what he's doing.
Rosie returned to the Broadway stage in 2015 starring in Larry David's A Fish In The Dark.