Date of Birth 12 July 1978, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Birth Name Mayte Michelle Rodriguez
Height 5′ 5″ (1.65 m)
I think empathy is a beautiful thing. I think that’s the power of film though. We have one of the most powerful, one of the greatest communicative tools known to man. It’s a form of communication and it’s gonna reach you in a way of growth – most of the time.
I don’t want people thinking of me sexually. I don’t want people to be like, “She’s hot-looking,” you know? I want them to listen to me for what I am saying. And I think the best way to do that is to sniff my armpits, and like, sit and burp every now and then. It just completely throws people off. I had a couple of offers to do some hot scenes in the shower with some guy and to make it real hot and sexy. The next thing you know, I’d be the next J.Lo or something. But that’s easy. I want [success] the hard way.
My favorite part of my body is my brain. I think no matter what my body looks like, I won’t be satisfied unless I know how to use it.
I don’t think it’s narcissistic at all to love yourself and believe in yourself. I think some people are really scared to do that. I have to. If I don’t, I would not succeed in what I do.
No matter what, people are so narrow minded that it won’t ever be Michelle Rodriguez the actress, it will always be Michelle Rodriguez the Latin actress. And it’s just something that I have to live with, because of the fact that people need labels to understand things. I can’t even get into this ignorance that I’m dealing with. So I just ignore it, you know? Ignore the ignorance.