|Rosie Perez Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 1½ in|
|Date of Birth||September 6, 1964|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Rosie Perez is an American actress, choreographer, voiceover artist, and community activist who rose to prominence with her theatrical film debut as Tina in the 1989 comedy-drama film, Do the Right Thing. She has since been cast in a wide range of characters including Carla Rodrigo in Fearless, Cindy in Untamed Heart, Marina De La Pena in The Take, Dahlia Morales in Lipstick Jungle, Angela in Night on Earth, Perdita Durango in Perdita Durango, Grace Santos in The 24 Hour Woman, Gloria Clemente in White Men Can’t Jump, Renee Montoya in Birds of Prey, Bertha in Lackawanna Blues, Persephone in Gods Behaving Badly, Marisol Reyes in Lies in Plain Sight, Gloria in Puerto Ricans in Paris, and Megan Briscoe in The Flight Attendant. Moreover, her performance in Fearless also got her nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture”.
Rosa Maria Perez
Rosa Maria Serrano, Rosie
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Brooklyn, New York, United States
As a child, Rosie went to Grover Cleveland High School, Ridgewood. Later, she went to Los Angeles City College to major in biochemistry. But, she dropped out.
Actress, dancer, choreographer, director, activist, author
- Father – Ismael Serrano (Merchant Marine Seaman)
- Mother – Lydia Perez (née Fontañez y Reyes)
- Siblings – Carmen Serrano (Sister)
- Others – Ana Dominga Otero Serrano (Aunt), Juan Serrano y Anglada (Paternal Grandfather), Carmen Emilia Roqué y Cruz (Paternal Grandmother), Florentino Fontañes y Reyes (Maternal Grandfather), Ramona Ramos (Maternal Grandmother)
She has been signed with –
- Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder
- Silver Lining Entertainment, Talent Management Company, Beverly Hills, California, United States
- Innovative Artists, Talent Agency, Santa Monica, California, United States
5 ft 1½ in or 156 cm
54 kg or 119 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Rosie Perez has dated –
- Tupac Shakur (1993) – If rumors are to be believed, then Rosie and Tupac were in a relationship in 1993 and parted ways the same year. Tupac, an Afro-American rapper, had a surprisingly short career as he passed away at a very young age of 25 in 1996.
- Christian Slater (February 1993-June 1993) – It is said that Rosie and actor Christian Slater had a short encounter and were possibly spending time together as per the mentioned timeline. Their stint was for only 4 months.
- Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (1998-2001) – Rosenfeld, a filmmaker, and playwright, dated her for a year and then got married in the year 1999. Their marital bliss stayed on for two years post which the couple parted ways in 2001.
- Ramon Rodriguez – Perez has been romantically linked to “The Wire” actor Ramon Rodriguez in the past.
- Eric Haze (2012-Present) – The actress got married to artist Eric Haze in 2013 in Las Vegas. Apart from being an artist, Eric is a graphic designer too.
Race / Ethnicity
Rosie Perez is of Puerto Rican descent.
- Dimpled smile
37-27-37 in or 94-68.5-94 cm
10 (US) or 42 (EU) or 14 (UK)
32DD / 32E
4.5 (US) or 35 (EU)
Rosie has endorsed the Hispanic Scholarship Fund via print and TV commercials in 2002.
In 1999 and 2003, Rosie appeared in SpongeBob SquarePants commercial.
Her religious views are not known. However, she was raised as a Catholic.
Best Known For
Playing Gloria Clemente in the sports comedy film White Men Can’t Jump (1992). This role got her nominated for Chicago Film Critics Association Award for “Best Supporting Actress” and “Most Promising Actress”.
Rosie debuted with the comedy-drama film Do The Right Thing in 1989 in the role of Tina.
First TV Show
In 1990, she appeared in a single episode of the Fox series 21 Jump Street as Rosie Martinez.
Rosie Perez Favorite Things
- Activity – Dancing, riding bikes, riding swings
- Movie – Viva Las Vegas
- Sport – Boxing
- Food – Grilled calamari in butter sauce of Madiba
Source – NY Post
Rosie Perez Facts
- Perez is known to have a troubled childhood due to physical, mental, and sexual abuse.
- Rosie’s parents were in relationships with other people, before meeting each other and welcoming Perez into this world. Their troubled alliance and an array of children, made her paternal aunt take care of Rosie in her initial years.
- Keeping dancing as her stress buster activity, she would often go to nightclubs while in college, that was the time when she got opportunities to work for Soul Train & Do The Right Thing.
- The talented actress was even nominated for Oscars and Golden Globe for her outstanding performance in Fearless (1993).
- Perez was also the official choreographer for the dance group called “Fly Girls” that got featured in “The Living Color”, a comedy show which aired on Fox TV.
- Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally marked her Broadway debut.
- During the shoot of an episode of the “Law & Order” series, Perez suffered serious injuries. She later filed a case against the producers claiming the manhandling as the reason for the same.
- Due to her troubled childhood, Perez published her autobiography in the year 2014 by the name “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling”. The book spoke about the impact that child abuse has had on her and the struggle that entailed overcoming it all.
- Rosie has been an active social figure championing various causes. Coming from a multiracial ethnicity, she faced racism in Hollywood, the movie – “Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tu lo sepas! (I’m Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!)” talks about the same.
- Her social work in the field of AIDS also landed her with an appointment at PACHA by Barack Obama in 2010. Unfortunately, she couldn’t do much when her mother was inflicted by the same disease and passed away after fighting her battle for 6 years.
- Diagnosed with PTSD, Perez challenged herself to take medical help to cure the same. Coming from a Latino background worsened the situation due to the stigma associated with psychotherapy.
- In a November 2020 interview, Perez revealed that almost a year ago, she was tested positive for coronavirus while she was shooting for her 2020 drama film, The Flight Attendant. Fortunately, she recovered from the virus and has said that the whole experience was “terrifying”.
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