November 11, 2010 |
Rosario Dawson has remarkable diction for someone who talks so quickly ? and, as she readily points out, someone who never formally trained in acting, a point that has shadowed her for more than a decade. "It's been the past couple of years that I thought I could say that I'm an actor," says Dawson in rapid-fire speech. She was discovered on her Manhattan stoop as a teen and cast in 1995's "Kids," but with that stroke of fortune came a haunting insecurity. "I was waiting for that Apollo [Theatre]
November 11, 2010
Since her debut in 1995's controversial "Kids" at age 16, Rosario Dawson has appeared in blockbusters ("Men in Black II"), epics ("Alexander"), musicals ("Rent"), acclaimed indies ("A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints") and cult favorites ("Grindhouse," "Sin City"). Perhaps her most acclaimed performance so far was in 2008's "Seven Pounds. " Her personal favorite, though, may be the little-seen rape-revenge drama "Descent" (2007), which she also produced. She wishes more people had seen it. "It bums me out. That movie was the beginning of being a better actor, being able to call myself an actor.
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February 13, 2009 |
"The Secret Life of Bees" won outstanding film of 2008 at the 40th annual NAACP Image Awards on Thursday evening. The female-driven drama also won outstanding director for Gina Prince-Bythewood. Will Smith and Rosario Dawson were named outstanding actor and actress for "Seven Pounds." Taraji P. Henson won supporting actress for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and Columbus Short earned supporting actor honors for "Cadillac Records."
December 18, 2008 |
America might be facing severe job shrinkage, but once in a while you still find a position opening up that hasn't been available for some time. Like this one: "romantic leading lady in a Will Smith drama." That vacancy has been filled in "Seven Pounds" by Rosario Dawson, who's better known for her prominent roles in indie films than her smaller ones in studio pictures. The film, in theaters Friday, pivots rather crucially on Smith's deeply cynical character falling hopelessly in love.
December 12, 2004 |
Having been famously discovered while sitting on her front stoop in New York City, Rosario Dawson has moved smoothly from rough-edged indie-fare like "Kids" to sleek, big-budget extravaganzas such as "Men in Black II." Though her latest film, Oliver Stone's "Alexander," in which she appears alongside high-wattage co-stars Angelina Jolie, Colin Farrell and Val Kilmer, has received a thumping in the media, her unbridled enthusiasm for the project is downright infectious.
July 7, 2002 |
A heavily bearded man in his late 30s is shifting nervously on the sidewalk outside La Conversation cafe on Los Angeles' Westside. With a Sharpie in one hand and a few ripped-out magazine pages in the other, he musters the courage to make his approach. "Um, hello ... I have this magazine, and I've gotten everyone else's autograph and yours is the only one I don't have yet," he stammers. His hands are shaking and his forehead is beaded with sweat.