March 14, 1975 |
Clovis, New Mexico, U.S.
|Notable work||The Fast and the Furious|
|Spouse(s)||Dustin Nguyen (m. February 14, 2002; separated 2011)|
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.
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. 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.
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.
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