Rosie Perez

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Rosie Perez
Rosie Perez at the New York Premiere of the film, Won't Back Down, in 2012
Perez at the New York premiere of
Won't Back Down (2012)
Born Rosa Maria Perez
(1964-09-06) September 6, 1964 (age 50)
Bushwick, Brooklyn,
New York City,
United States
Other names Rosa Maria Serrano
Ethnicity Puerto Rican[1]
Education Los Angeles City College
West Lost Angeles College[2]
Occupation Actress, dancer, choreographer, director, activist
Years active 1989–present
Religion Catholic[1]
Spouse(s) Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
(1991-2001)
Eric Haze
(2013–present)

Rosa Maria "Rosie" Perez (born September 6, 1964)[3] is a Puerto Rican-American actress, community activist, talk show host, author, dancer, and choreographer. Her film breakthrough came in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989). She followed this with White Men Can't Jump (1992) and was later nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fearless (1993). She was also nominated for three Emmy Awards for her work as a choreographer on In Living Color.

She is currently a regular host on The View and in 2015 she will be returning to Broadway to star in Fish in the Dark, a new play written by Larry David.[1][4]

Early life[edit]

Perez was born in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, to mother Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine seaman from Puerto Rico.[5][6] Both of her parents, who were both from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico,[7] were married to other people when they met -- she is the product of their affair.[1][8] She was born at Greenpoint Hospital in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.[9]

Perez was not raised by her parents.[10][11] According to CNN: "Perez was raised primarily in a Catholic children's home Perez characterized as a convent[9] in New York, St. Joseph’s Catholic Home for Children in Peekskill, Westchester County,[8] with regular visits to her mother and aunt. Her father tried to get custody of Perez while she was in the home, but was not successful."[1]

Perez became a ward of the state when her mother took her from an aunt, who had been raising her. She was transferred to a group foster home at age 3 and lived in foster care until age 8, and was still legally considered a ward of the State of New York until age 12 years. She has five brothers and sisters from her mother's marriage to her mother's first husband, Ventura Perez, but also has additional half-brothers and half-sisters (a total of 10 children).[12]

These life problems left Perez with a speech impediment.[3] She eventually moved in with paternal aunt, Ana Dominga Otero Serrano-Roque,[3] and attended Grover Cleveland High School, which is located in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens.[13] Her mother died of AIDS-related complications in 1999.[12]

Perez considers herself Puerto Rican[14] and a had a strict Catholic upbringing, which she credits to the influence of the nuns during her childhood.[3][9][15]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

When she was 19 years old, Perez was noticed at dance club Funky Reggae[16] by Spike Lee in 1988, who hired her for her first major acting role in Do the Right Thing.[17] Perez started her career in the late 1980s as a dancer on Soul Train. As a college student in Los Angeles, majoring in bio-chemistry, to relieve stress she said she would go to these nightclubs for ladies night -- a talent scout from Soul Train asked her to be on the show. She was not a professional dancer but loved it so much she dropped out of school.[9]

Perez later choreographed music videos by Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, LL Cool J and The Boys.[15] She was the choreographer for the dancing group the Fly Girls who were featured on the Fox television comedy program In Living Color and also worked as a segment producer.[18]

She made her Broadway debut in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.[19] Perez had her third major role in the hit comedy White Men Can't Jump co-starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

Perez was nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Peter Weir's 1993 film Fearless. She attended the ceremony with her father.[20]

In 1997, she starred in Perdita Durango, a controversial film in which many scenes of excessive violence, sex and nudity were edited out of the version released in the United States but remained intact in the version released throughout Latin America.[21]

In 1999, Perez made the Nancy Savoca's The 24 Hour Woman.[2]

She provides the voices of Click, the camera, on Nick Jr.'s Go, Diego, Go! and Chel, a beautiful native woman in the DreamWorks Animation film The Road to El Dorado. She played corrupt police officer Carol Brazier in the Judd Apatow-produced film Pineapple Express, co-starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Perez appeared on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in October 2009 about pedophiles' rights. Executive producer Neal Baer said the writers had Perez in mind when they wrote the role of a young sexual abuse victim's mother.[22] She suffered a serious injury during the filming of the episode.[23] Most recently, Perez is the subject of a released album by Felt entitled Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez.

Perez was in a Mike Nichols production of The Play That I Wrote." In 2014, she is co-starring with Larry David in the Broadway comedy, Fish in the Dark.[24]

Injury[edit]

Rosie Perez injured her neck in 2009 while filming an episode of Law & Order SVU and underwent surgery to heal a herniated disc. One year after the accident, she appeared at the White House in a wheelchair, wearing a neck brace for a meeting with President Obama.[25] In May 2011, Perez filed a lawsuit against the producers of the show,[26] claiming that the injury she incurred was the result of being "recklessly pulled, grabbed, yanked, wrenched and manhandled" during filming.[27]

Boxing[edit]

Rosie Perez is a huge fan of the sport of boxing. In June 2013, she served as the grand marshal for the International Boxing Hall of Fame parade in Canastota, New York.[28]

Author[edit]

In February, 2014, Rosie Perez published an autobiography titled Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling... She is also the reader of the audio CD of this book. Perez said that she didn't set out to write a book about herself, per se; instead she wanted to write a book about "the anatomy of child abuse: where it starts, how it happens, and what are the aftereffects."[9] She said it wasn't until about 6 months after the book was published and she heard responses from others that she found the experience cathartic.[9]

The View[edit]

On September 3, 2014, ABC announced Perez would join The View as a new co-host alongside moderator Whoopi Goldberg, newcomer Nicolle Wallace, and returning co-host Rosie O'Donnell.[29] The new season first aired on September 15, 2014.[30][31]

Perez said she was initially hesitant about the job because "I didn't want to be on a show where people were just screaming at each other disrespectfully."[9] She found out Bill Wolff from the Rachel Maddow Show was going to be the new executive producer, who she knew from appearing on said show.[9][32][33] An additional and important framework for Perez, and the bottom line, to her, of the show: "Respect has to be in the room."[9]

Activism[edit]

Perez is an activist for Puerto Rican rights:

Personal life[edit]

Perez was mentally, physically and sexually abused for much of her childhood and diagnosed with PTSD.[1] She says she suffered from high anxiety and a form of depression called dysthymia, but that with hard work in therapy much of that has been reduced.[9] In interviews and her book, Perez said that she experienced physical and mental abuse from the nuns at the group home where she grew up and was also severely abused by her mother,[9] who was mentally ill and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.[1][36]

In her memoir, Perez said her half-brother sexually assaulted her twice during her childhood while she visited her mother's house. When she told her mother, Perez said she was smacked and punished for lying.[1]

Perez married artist Eric Haze on September 15, 2013 in Las Vegas.[37] They had decided to get married the night before while attending the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez boxing match.[38] The couple slept over at the MGM Grand hotel-casino and were married in the morning. They live in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.[12]

Perez was previously married to filmmaker and playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfeld but the couple divorced in 2001 after ten years of marriage.[37]

She was a friend of rapper and actor Tupac Shakur.[36]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1989 Do the Right Thing Tina
1991 Night on Earth Angela
1992 White Men Can't Jump Gloria Clemente Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
1993 Untamed Heart Cindy Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Fearless Carla Rodrigo Berlin International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance (Special Mention)
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress tied with Anna Paquin
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 It Could Happen to You Muriel Lang
Somebody to Love Mercedes
1997 A Brother's Kiss Debbie
Perdita Durango Perdita Durango Fantafestival Award for Best Actress
1999 The 24 Hour Woman Grace Santos Also Producer
Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress
2000 The Road to El Dorado Chel Voice
2001 Human Nature Louise
Riding in Cars with Boys Shirley Perro
2003 From the 104th Floor Narrator Voice
2004 Exactly Angela Short
2005 All the Invisible Children Ruthie Segment "Jesus Children of America"
Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas! Herself Director
Documentary
2006 Home
Just Like the Son Mrs. Ponders
2008 The Take Marina De La Pena Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Pineapple Express Officer Carol Brazier
2012 Won't Back Down Brenna Harper
2013 The Counselor Ruth
2014 The Hero of Color City Red Voice
TV Films
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Criminal Justice Barbara Von Busch
1995 In a New Light: Sex Unplugged Herself Host
1997 Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground Mystery Girl Also producer
Segment "Love on the A Train"
2004 Copshop Heaven
Lackawanna Blues Bertha Television Movie
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2006 Lolo's Cafe Maria Voice
2009 Exit 19 Lorna
2010 Lies in Plain Sight Marisol Reyes Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Special
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress – Television
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 21 Jump Street Rosie Martinez Episode "2245"
1990 In Living Color Herself Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography (1990, 1992, 1993)
choreographer, seasons 1–4
1990–1991 WIOU Lucy Hernandez Episodes "Without Prejudice"
"Labored Relations"
"Mother Nature's Son"
"They Shoot Sources, Don't They"
1995–1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Thumbelina / Witch Episodes "Thumbelina"
"Hanselito y Gretelita"
2002 Widows Linda Perelli Episodes "Hour One"
"Hour Two"
"Hour Three"
"Hour Four"
1995–2004 Frasier Francesca / Lizbeth Episodes "Roz in the Doghouse (1995)"
"Crock Tales (2004)"
2005–2008 Go, Diego, Go! Click, the camera Episodes "Diego Saves the Humpback Whale"
"Linda the Llama Saves Carnaval"
"Diego's Wolf-Pup Rescue"
"The Bobos' Mother's Day"
"Tuga Helps the Moon"
"Freddie the Fruit Bat Saves Halloween!"
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Dahlia Morales Nominated—ALMA Award for Best Actress in Television – Comedy
Episodes "Pandora's Box"
"Let It Be"
"The F-Word"
"The Lyin', the Bitch and the Wardrobe Dahlia Morales"
"Thanksgiving"
"La Vie En Pose"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eva Banks Episodes "Hardwired"
2011–2012 The Cleveland Show Choni / Aunt Chonie Episodes "There Goes El Neighborhood"
"Y Tu Junior Tambien"
Episode #3.11
2012 Nurse Jackie Jules Episodes "Slow Growing Monsters"
2014 An American Education Rita Gomez Pilot
2014-Current The View Co-Host

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

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