1-You have come far since your role in Girlfight? Could you have envisoned this back in 2000?
2- What impact did it have for you growing up with a father in the military and mother in a Jehovah witness, both very disciplined arts. Advantages-disavantages?
3-You moved around a lot. How did you keep your head through these times? Does it kind of mirror the life of an actor?
5-What was your favorite filming experience?
6-You play Ana Lucia Cortez in Lost. How was the experience? Also what do you like better, film or television
8- You have a lot of supporting roles but get great parts, why is that?
9- You did the film about the trijillo govt in Tropico de sangre. How close to the heart was that project?
10-The question of how far women have come in the entertainment industry is presented to you. Is it better-or not. What needs to be done to improve.
11- What is next for Michelle Rodriguez?
1.) I’m exactly where I want to be, and I feel to say with all the ups and downs to getting anywhere in life I would be lying if I said I knew ten years ago this would be My place in Life today. All i’ve ever known is I,m capable of storytelling and I knew I would pick up screen writing along the way, which is what I’m doing now.
2.) My upbringing was beautiful, My father did joining the Military And Mother was a Jehova’s witness along with her siblings but lets not let the mind drive one to think that my mother and father were defined by these aspects of their lives cause that would be far from the truth. I was way too young to even acknowledge what the military was growing up in Texas let along to see anything different in my father other than a green Army suit he wore coming home. As for my mother and the Charle’s T Russel Invention on the Jehova’s witness; My mother was a happy spirit always singing, and making homemade play-doe for me, kites for my brothers to fly, she barely ever enforced religious Law in the Home, My Grandmother was more of the influence of Religion in my Family, and believe me no one messes with Grandma. My uncle is preacher man as well, learned a lot about christianity, bible history, and I left it’s influence as a teenager around 14.
3.) Lets see I got my first passport at 7, pretty cool, the age when you have completely disguarded every single cell in the body generated by your mother. If you know about the 7 year cellular rejuvenation cycle of humans, it can almost be profound symbol to receive your first passport to the world at the age of 7. I’m happy living the students gypsy journey through life it’s stimulating enough to keep me interested in the world.
5.) My favorite experience was in Girlfight & Avatar, Girlfight I trained for 6 months ten years ago to box and gained 25 pounds of muscle in an experience of New york independent film making that I’lll never forget. For the true passion behind the story, the little money we had was proof that the people involved were involved because they really believed in the story and the meaning behind it’s political undertone. Avatar because I learned so much from Jim Cameron, a man with amazing knowledge of Science technology, physics, marine biology, really cool experience to pick his brain everyday.
6.) Lost was fun because i was living by the beach mother nature was a my doorstep every morning in Hawaii. I prefer film because with tv although you are in an amazing paradise like Hawaii, I have the Gypsy Itch that screams at my Soul every 6 months and I Need to travel & find new adventure, Movie make this process easier because every 4 months you move on. In television this process can be disrupted by an 8 month shooting schedule.
8.) Thank You, You get in Return the energy you give, so I’m just grateful to have the opportunity to express Strength & Will Power, soon that strength will evolve from a masculine energy into a very Balanced feminine Energy Hopefully Hollywood is Receptive to this Archetypical Character that has yet to be exploited as a main character in Commercial Hollywood films.
9.) I did work on a film project in Dominican Republic about Trujillo & the Mirabal Family, the Project was very close to my heart, I’m really Sad that the Production I worked on was so Amateur, because the story is compelling , truly profound about not only the liberation of women & Suppressed people in the Dominican Republic like my Mother & Grandmother were living there in the 40′s 50′s & 60′s but also the liberation of the intellectuals in the country. I can’t wait for the foundations of a film industry to be laid down in dominican republic because that place is beautiful and the youth is vibrant and ready to evolve and create an industry that can very possibly thrive if it’s driven properly. God Knows there is a lot of Talent coming from that Island it’s time to show the rest of the world what Kind of Heart comes from this little island Dominican Republic. Jared Diamond recently wrote an amazing book about it, comparing it to Haiti.
10.) All I have to say about that is it’s every woman’s responsibility once a person cares about social justice, it becomes I believe a woman’s journey to be mindful of good talented women and open, hold hands with, and partner with as many women as you possibly can, because only by women expressing themselves, to themselves, in unison being received by a male & female audience for Talent is the only way I see a possibility of balance in western society as a worldwide example in Media within the Hollywood industry. It’s not about Latino, Black, White, Girl or Boy, I feel the industry is truly about Life, Love, The Pursuit of Happiness in an Art-form that imitates life itself.
11.) Lets see I will DJ In Rio De Janairo For New Years, Visit Hawaii for a couple of Days, hit London for a mini DJ set during Fashion Week, come back to LA Writing a screenplay the Whole Time, end of January I’ll Shoot Out to Russia DJ a Nice set At a Film Festival In Moscow and Head to Austin to Shoot a Movie Called ‘The Home’, About a Nursing Home For the elderly that is Haunted. I play a Nurse with a child in the Film. After All That, During all That, I have absolutely No Clue what will Happen, Just Hoping for a Peaceful Journey through all the Chaos.