Mayte Michelle Rodriguez is an American actress and screenwriter. She began her career in 2000, playing a troubled boxer in the independent sports drama film “Girlfight” 2000, where she won the Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award for Best Debut Performance.
Rodriguez then began starring as Letty Ortiz in the Fast & Furious franchise and portrayed Rain Ocampo in the Resident Evil franchise. She appeared in the crime thriller S.W.A.T. (2003) and later starred in James Cameron’s science fiction epic Aviator (2009) and the action film Battle: Los Angeles in 2011.
As of 2013, Rodriguez stated she was working on several projects, including a family adventure film, a drug drama, and a female-oriented period piece.
Having run across an ad for an open casting call and attending her first audition, Rodriguez beat 350 other applicants to win her first role in the low-budget 2002 independent film “Girlfight”.
Rodriguez accumulated several awards and nominations for the role in independent circles, including major acting accolades from the National Board of Review, Deauville Film, Independent Spirit Awards, Gathams, Las Vegas Film Critics Sierra Awards, and many others.
The film itself took home a top prize at Sundance and won the Award of the Youth at the Cannes Film Festival.
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