||While Michelle Rodriguez was born in Bell County, Texas, her family originally hails from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Thanks in large part to "mean girl" roles in films like Resident Evil and S.W.A.T., the attractive actress has already earned a reputation as the movie industry's toughest cookie. And although showing "attitude" to casting directors may be something most aspiring performers would avoid, it was Michelle's refreshingly fiesty edge that delivered her breakthrough role in the acclaimed boxing drama Girlfight.
Her performance in the flick earned her a slew of awards and a flood of movie offers, but she is determined not to be typecast and wants to avoid the "sex symbol" route to stardom. "I don't want people thinking of me sexually," she explains. "I don't want people to be like, 'She's hot-looking'. I want them to listen to me for what I am saying, and I think the best way to do that is to sit up and burp every now and then - it just completely throws people off… I want success the hard way."