This actress has been booking gigs consistently since she was just 15 years old. She's a passionate philanthropist. And she's been a spokeswoman for various environmental and non-profit organizations. As we near the end of Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor the very talented Rosario Dawson.
How You Know Her
Rosario Dawson has had a large breadth of work with a variety of roles that you know her for. Besides her electric debut in the seminal '90s movie "Kids," one of her earliest commercial roles was that of a pizzeria waitress who's also humanity's last hope in "Men in Black 2." She also earned a Critics Choice Award nomination for her performance in Chris Rock's film "Top Five." More recently, you've seen her as the unstoppable zombie-killing machine known as Nevada in "Zombieland: Double Tap." But she probably received the most attention when she made an appearance as Ahsoka Tano in the Disney+ show "The Mandalorian."
Her Life So Far
Dawson was born in the year 1979 in New York City. Her ancestry is a mix of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican decent. Dawson's career began at age 15. She was literally discovered on her own front porch where she earned a part in 1995's "Kids." From there, she began booking roles in various films, some indie and some big budget. In 2002, she had roles in "25th Hour," "Men in Black 2," and "The Adventures of Pluto Nash" along with three other films. That's when her career really started to take off.
She began starring in a lot of higher-budgeted films. In 2005, she nabbed roles in both "Rent" and "Sin City." In 2008, she acted opposite Will Smith in "Seven Pounds." And in the same year, she was chasing down Shia LaBeouf in "Eagle Eye." With Dawson scoring gigs left and right, she started getting into voice acting as well. Eventually, she was given the opportunity to voice Batgirl in "The LEGO Batman Movie."
Finding great success as a voice actress, Dawson has voiced Wonder Woman in 8 animated films to date. Her most recent film voicing Wonder Woman was "Justice League Dark: Apokolips War" in 2020. Before that, she was the gun-slinging owner of an Elvis-themed motel in "Zombieland: Double Tap."
The Movie to See
She's had plenty of spectacular roles throughout the years. But the movie you NEED to see is "Zombieland: Double Tap." Lover of Elvis Presley and driver of monster trucks, Dawson's character Nevada is one tough cookie. She's the sole owner and resident of a rundown motel in Graceland. In a time of need when the Zombieland crew is seeking refuge, she lends a helping hand. If she trusts you, then you've made quite the ally. If you're a zombie, be ready for a bullet to the head. With this character, we get to see Dawson completely let loose. It's one of those roles where she's probably having just as much fun acting as we are watching.
What's Up Next
A project that we're super excited about on this day in Hispanic Heritage Month is one for the diehard Rosario Dawson fans. Kevin Smith will be writing and directing the third film in his iconic franchise, "Clerks III." And Rosario Dawson is signed up to reprise her role as Becky Scott. The release date is still to be determined.
The other project that Star Wars fans should look out for is the upcoming Disney+ show "Ahsoka." Dawson will be reprising her role as Ahsoka Tano who was a big hit in "The Mandalorian." The release date for this show has yet to be announced as well.
For any gamers who are reading this, Dawson will be one of the main characters, Lawan, in survival horror game "Dying Light 2 Stay Human." The game is set to be released February 4, 2022.
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.