|Born||Génesis Rodríguez Pérez
July 29, 1987
Miami, Florida, U.S
|Years active||1994; 2004–present|
Genesis Rodríguez Pérez (born July 29, 1987) is an American actress. She is known for her leading roles in Telemundo telenovelas such as Prisionera, Dame Chocolate and Doña Bárbara. She also played Becky Ferrer on Days of our Lives, and has starred in the films Man on a Ledge, Casa de Mi Padre, What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Last Stand and Tusk. She voiced Honey Lemon in the 2014 animated film Big Hero 6.
Early life and education
Rodríguez was born July 29, 1987 in Miami, Florida. Her mother, Carolina Pérez, is a Cuban model. Her father, José Luis Rodríguez, is a Venezuelan actor and singer who is also known by the nickname "El Puma". She speaks both English and Spanish fluently. Rodríguez has two half-sisters through her father (who are also telenovela actresses), Liliana Rodríguez and Lilibeth (Rodríguez) Morillo. When she was 2½ years old, she entered the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami. She participated in school dramatic productions and, at a very young age, decided to pursue an acting career. As a teenager, she studied acting, dance and vocal preparation.
When Rodríguez's parents observed her determination for the craft, they enrolled her in more intense training programs. She attended summer classes at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film institutes in New York. She also studied with well-known acting instruction programs in California.
Upon returning to Miami, she continued private instruction and obtained a recurring role on the American daytime series Days of our Lives from November 2005 through January 2006. She was also a repeat special guest on the Bravo TV series Top Chef. In addition to American television, Rodriquez explored Spanish language roles and played dual leads as Rosita Amado and Violeta Hurtado in the primetime series Dame Chocolate, which aired on Telemundo. In 2012, Rodríguez had a substantial role as the love interest of Will Ferrell in the movie comedy Casa de Mi Padre, a spoof in the style of the Mexican soap operas of the 1970s.
In 2004, Rodriguez (then 16 years old) was involved in an underage sex scandal with her Prisionera co-star Mauricio Islas, who was then 30 years old and married. The case was settled out of court, allowing Islas to avoid jail time, with Rodriguez being awarded millions of dollars in a large payout from Telemundo.
|2004||Prisionera||Guadalupe Santos (young) / Libertad Salvatierra||Starring role|
|2006–07||Dame Chocolate||Rosita Amado / Violeta Hurtado||Starring role|
|2008–09||Doña Bárbara||Marisela Barquero / Young Bárbara Guaimarán||Starring role|
|Entourage||Sarah||Episodes: "Stunted" (7.1), "Dramedy" (7.3), "Out with a Bang" (8.2)|
|2012||Man on a Ledge||Angie||Theatrical film debut|
|2012||Casa de Mi Padre||Sonia||Starring role|
|2012||What to Expect When You're Expecting||Courtney|
|2013||The Last Stand||FBI Agent Ellen Richards||Supporting role|
|2013||Identity Thief||Marisol||Supporting role|
|2014||Big Hero 6||Honey Lemon||Voice role|
|2015||Run All Night||Gabrielle|
- Gisela Orozco (January 26, 2012). "Chisme, chisme: Génesis Rodríguez, la nueva latina en Hollywood" [Gossip, gossip, Genesis Rodriguez, the new American in Hollywood]. Vivelohoy.com (in Spanish). Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "La hija de El Puma da el salto a Hollywood-Gente-El Periódico" [The daughter of Puma makes the leap to Hollywood-People-El Periódico]. El Periódico de Catalunya (in Spanish). January 19, 2012. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- "Génesis Rodriguez". MSN Latino. Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved November 28, 2011.
- Ryland, Amber (6 December 2013). "Paul Walker’s Co-Star Involved In Shocking Sex Scandal When She Was 16, Was Paid Millions To Make It Go Away". RadarOnline.com. Retrieved 8 January 2015.