Rosie Perez, a well-known American actress, is also a show host, a writer, a dancer, a choreographer, and a social activist. As a foster child and ward of the State, she had gone through some of the most trying times of her life. Because she was the product of an extramarital relationship, neither of her parents showed her much affection. She struck it lucky when director-producer Spike Lee asked her to play a part in a send-off party.
She rose to prominence after appearing in the film “Do the Right Thing,” and she went on to feature in a number of other well-received films, including “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Fearless.” She rose to prominence as a choreographer for the television program “In Living Color,” for which she received three “Emmy” nominations. The role she played as Googie Gomez in “The Ritz” helped her become famous on Broadway. She was appointed regular host of the well-known talk show “The View” in 2015. Her more recent acting credits include “The Take” and “Pineapple Express” roles.
Age: 58 Years, Female
Eric Haze (M. 2013), Seth Zvi Rosenfeld were previously wed (M. 1999–2001)
American women actors
Females are 5’1″ (155 cm) tall.
Puerto Rican American as ancestry
West Los Angeles College and Los Angeles City College are notable alumni.
Americans from New York
Rosie Perez Early Childhood & Life
- Brooklyn is where Rosa Maria Perez, a native of New York, was born on September 6, 1964. Her father, Ismael Serrano, was a Puerto Rican merchant marine, and her mother, Lydia, was a singer.
- She was the offspring of an extramarital relationship, and her parents were not married. Her mother gave birth to her at Brooklyn’s “Greenpoint Hospital.” She was raised by a maternal aunt up until the age of three, when her mother placed her in foster care.
- Her mother’s illness prevented her from filling the void in her life despite frequently traveling to Perez to care for her. Perez has 10 half-siblings who are descended from her mother. Her mother died from complications related to AIDS years later.
- Prior to being given to nuns, she lived with foster parents who gave her a strict Catholic upbringing while also putting up with some unsavory nuns.
- Because of the early traumatic events in her life, which included abuse and abandonment, she had a speech disability. This made her already challenging situation worse.
- After several miserable years, she finally found solace in the love and adoration of her paternal aunt, Ana Dominga, and at that point, she began attending “Grover Cleveland High School.”
- After graduating from high school, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in marine biology. In her second year of college, Spike Lee caught her at a club. When Lee offered her a role in a movie, her life was forever altered.
Career of Rosie Perez
- The 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” introduced the talented Perez to the public. She was cast in several projects the following year, including the television films “Criminal Justice,” “21 Jump Street,” and “In Living Colour.”
- In 1992, she portrayed Gloria Clemente in “White Men Can’t Jump” and Cyndi in “Untamed Heart.” The next year, she landed one of her most noteworthy parts in the film “Fearless.”
- She portrayed Mercedes in “Somebody to Love” and Muriel Lang in “It Could Happen to You.” She launched a voice acting career with her appearance as Thumbelina in “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.”
- In 1997, she played Debbie in “A Brother’s Kiss” and the title character in “Perdita Durango,” during a busy year for her.
- She played Chel in “The Road to El Dorado” and Grace Santos in “The 24 Hour Woman.” In the 2003 film “From the 10th Floor,” she supplied narration for many sequences.
- She also had a brief cameo on the television program “Frasier.” She portrayed Bertha in the well-received 2004 television movie “Lackawant to Blues.”
- In 2005’s “All the Invisible Children,” she portrayed Ruthie. She became well-known that year for playing “Click” in the instructional animated children’s series “Go, Diego Go!” and remained so until 2008.
- She first showed up on TV in the 2009 season of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” From 2009 to 2012, she made significant guest appearances on shows like “The Cleveland Show” and “Nurse Jackie.”
- She had two notable film appearances in 2012: the comedy “Small Apartments,” in which she portrayed Ms. Baker, and the drama “Won’t Back Down,” which was directed by Daniel Barnz.
- In 2014, she performed the roles of Red in “The Hero of Colour City,” Zowie in “Fugly,” and the presenter of “The View” in “Pitch Perfect 2.” She was supposed to take Whoopi Goldberg’s position as co-host of the television show “The View,” however she decided to leave the show in 2015.
- She describes her traumatic childhood in her 2014 book, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling.
- She portrayed the title role in both the drama “Five Nights in Maine” and the comedy “Puerto Ricans in Paris,” both of which were released in 2015.
- Viewers were able to see her in 2017 as a guest star on the shows “Pure” and “Nightcap,” following her recurring role in the television series “Search Party” from 2016.
Rosie Perez’s Prominent Works
- She received rave praises for her work in the movie “Fearless.” The movie received an 86% on “Rotten Tomatoes,” earning the label “underrated gem.” The movie’s box office earnings were $7,000,000.
- Perez starred in the comedy “Pineapple Express” from 2008, which received favorable reviews with a score of 6.3 out of 10 on “Rotten Tomatoes.”
Rosie Perez Achievements & Awards
- She won several awards for “Best Supporting Actress” in 1993 for her role in the film “Fearless.” She received a few honors, including the “Chicago Film Critics Association Award,” before taking home the “Boston Society of Film Critics Award,” which was her first trophy. Both the Golden Globes and the Oscars nominated her for the same role.
- She received the 1997 “Fanta festival Award for Best Actress” for her performance in “Perdita Durango.” She received the 2010 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Special for “Lies in Plain Sight.”
Rosie Perez Personal Legacy & Life
- She married the filmmaker Seth Zyi Rosenfeld in 1991. In 2001, after 10 years of marriage, the couple decided to split.
- In 2009, she suffered a neck injury while shooting “Law & Order: SVU.” Two years later, she accused the program of “manhandling” her on the set in a complaint.
- In 2010, President Obama gave her a position on the “Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.” In New York City, she also serves as chair of the “Urban Arts Partnership.”
- She was diagnosed with depression and post-traumatic stress disorder due to a challenging past. She is now receiving counseling and resides in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
- Before getting married on September 15, 2013, she and artist Eric Haze watched the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez boxing match together.
- She relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles after finishing high school to further her education, where she was hired as a dancer on Soul Train.
- She was found at a pub by Spike Lee, who began her film career with his 1989 smash Do the Right Thing.
- She first turned down his offer to portray her in the film.
conceived the choreography for the Fly Girls for the renowned sketch comedy show In Living Colour.
- She created and directed the 2006 documentary I’m Boricua, Just So You Know!, which examines her Puerto Rican heritage.
- Member of Working Playground’s creative board, a program for arts education that works with New York City schools
- Long a proponent of the AIDS cause, President Obama nominated her to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in 2010.
Rosie Perez AWARDS
- Nominated for 2021 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Nominated
- 2009 Independent Spirit Award nominee for Best Supporting Female
- Golden Globe nomination for 1994’s “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture”
- Nominated for 1993 Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography
1993 Oscar nomination for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role”
- 1992 Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress Award: Winner 1992
- Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography: Nominated
- Nominated for 1990 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography
Rosie Perez RELATIONSHIPS
Cousin- Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
Stepfather – Sixto Ramos
Ex-husband – Ismael Serrano
Father – Eric Haze
Husband – Lydia Pérez
Mother – Ventura Pérez