Angela Rockwood

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Angela Rockwood
Born (1975-03-14) March 14, 1975 (age 43)
Clovis, New Mexico, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model
Notable work The Fast and the Furious
Spouse(s) Dustin Nguyen (m. February 14, 2002; separated 2011)

Angela Rockwood is an American model and actress, best known for her roles in The Fast and the Furious and the syndicated television series V.I.P.

Early years[edit]

Rockwood is the oldest of four children of German-Thai descent and was raised overseas in the Philippines, Spain, and Guam. At the age of 22, she moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, to finish art school and work with Michelle Bohbot and Bijan. She would later turn down a job as a composite sketch artist for the LAPD, and instead accepted a modeling job for designer Michelle of Bisou Bisou.

Car accident[edit]

On September 3, 2001, Rockwood was involved in a car accident on California's Interstate 5 Highway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. While they were returning late at night from visiting her maid of honor for her then-upcoming marriage to Dustin Nguyen, the driver (also one of her bridesmaids) lost control. The car swerved violently across the road before hitting the roadside rock face and flipping several times before hitting the safety rail and plunging over the bank. Vietnamese actress Thuy Trang (who was 27 years old) was tragically killed in the crash after she suffered internal injuries. And after being thrown out of the vehicle through a window before its final impact and surviving; having suffered catastrophic injuries, Rockwood was rendered a quadraplegic.[1] Doctors gave her a 3% chance of regaining motor skills and feeling below her neck. Through physical therapy, she regained partial motion in her left index finger two months after the accident. Three months after the accident, she could touch the top of her head. In 2003, Rockwood received Stem cell treatments in Portugal that allowed her to eventually use a manual wheelchair.

Post-accident career[edit]

In 2012, The Sundance Channel announced the creation of the series Push Girls, a reality television series about living with paralysis in Hollywood produced by Gay Rosenthal, which cast Rockwood among "four dynamic, outspoken and beautiful women" in the Los Angeles area.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Rockwood was married to actor Dustin Nguyen in February 2002. They separated and divorced in 2011.[4]


  1. ^ "NAMFAH-Angela Rockwood". Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "About". Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sexy, spirited... and paralysed: Meet the wheelchair-bound stars of a groundbreaking new reality show". Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Angela Rockwood". Retrieved 3 February 2017. 

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