Rosario Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress and singer, perhaps best known for her roles in the films Sin City, He Got Game, Rent and most recently as a lead character in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof.
Dawson was born in New York City, the daughter of Isabel, a Bronx-born professional vocalist, and Greg Dawson, a construction worker.
The two are now divorced. Dawson’s mother is of Puerto Rican and Afro-Cuban descent and her father is of Irish and Native American ancestry.
Dawson grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and has a brother named Clay. She and her family squatted in an abandoned building during most of her childhood. While attending school, she had aspirations of becoming a marine biologist.
Although showing no interest in acting as a child, Rosario was discovered on her front porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, where Harmony lauded her with praise as being perfect for a part he had written in his screenplay that would become the 1995 controversial films Kids. Since then Dawson’s films have varied; ranging from independent films, to highly successful big budget blockbusters, and large scale box office bombs.
Among her successes are He Got Game, opposite professional basketball player Ray Allen, and Men in Black II, which saw her sharing the screen with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones; among her failures are The Adventures of Pluto Nash (which was nominated for six Golden Raspberry Awards) and the live-action film adaptation of Josie and the Pussycats.
Dawson dated former Sex and the City star Jason Lewis for two years. They lived together in Los Angeles until they separated in November 2006. She has also been rumored to have dated Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson.
For her 27th birthday party, she asked Guns N’ Roses to perform. At the event, Axl Rose and Tommy Hilfiger got into a physical altercation which garnered some press attention.
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