Rosie Perez

Rosa Perez (born September 6, 1964) is an American actress, choreographer and community activist. Her film breakthrough performance was her portrayal of Tina in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), which she followed with White Men Can't Jump (1992). Among many honors, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fearless (1993) as well as three Emmy Awards for her work as a choreographer on In Living Color (1990–1994). Perez has also performed in stage plays on Broadway, such as The Ritz, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Fish in the Dark. In addition, she was a co-host on the ABC talk show The View during the series' 18th season.

Rosie Perez
Rosie Perez at the New York Premiere of the film, Won't Back Down, in 2012
Perez at the New York premiere of
Won't Back Down, 2012.
Born (1964-09-06) September 6, 1964 (age 56)
EducationLos Angeles City College
West Los Angeles College[2]
  • Actress
  • choreographer
  • activist
Years active1986–present
(m. 1998; div. 2001)

(m. 2013)

Early lifeEdit

Perez was born on September 6, 1964 in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, to Lydia Perez and Ismael Serrano, a merchant marine seaman.[3][4][5] Lydia (née Fontañez y Reyes) was born October 13, 1939 in Humacao, Puerto Rico. Her father was from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Her mother was married to a man 20 years her senior, Arturo Perez and already had five children when she became pregnant with Rosie after having an affair with naval sea merchant Serrano. Rosie was born at the now-closed Greenpoint Hospital in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.[6] Rosie is one of ten children birthed by her mother Lydia Perez. These were Jay Perez, Ray Perez, Magda Perez, Lisy Perez, Sonia Perez, Rosie Perez, Sam Pabon, Sally Pabon, Lydia Pabon and Danny Pabon. Rosie and her siblings grew up in the Bushwick Ridgewood neighborhood. On and off Rosie’s mother was in jail. Rosie’s mother gave birth to her youngest child while incarcerated. She was for a time raised by an aunt and then, like her siblings, went through group homes and foster care. She and her siblings were often split up. She was then transferred to a group foster home and lived in foster care in New York and Peekskill until age eight, and was still legally considered a ward of the State of New York until age twelve. Her mother and aunt frequently visited, and her father made an unsuccessful custody bid at one point. [1][7] When she was in third grade, Perez learned that she had a speech impediment.[8] She had a strict Catholic upbringing, which she has credited to the influence of the nuns during her childhood.[6][9] She eventually moved in with paternal aunt, Ana Dominga Otero Serrano-Roque,[10] and attended Grover Cleveland High School, in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens.[11] Her mother died of AIDS-related complications in 1999. When her mother died she was living in poverty in Queensbridge houses. [7]


At 19 years old,[12] Perez started her career in the early 1980s as a dancer on Soul Train. As a student at Los Angeles City College,[13] with plans to major in biochemistry,[14] she said she relieved stress by going to nightclubs for ladies' night. A talent scout from Soul Train asked Perez to appear on the show. She was not a professional dancer, but loved it so much she dropped out of school.[6] In 1988, when she was 24 years old, Perez was noticed at the dance club Funky Reggae[15] by Spike Lee, who hired her for her first major acting role in Do the Right Thing.[16]

Perez later choreographed music videos by Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown, Diana Ross, LL Cool J and The Boys.[9] She was the choreographer for the dancing group the Fly Girls who were featured on the Fox television comedy program In Living Color and also worked as a segment producer.[17] She made her Broadway debut in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.[18] Perez had her third major role in the hit comedy White Men Can't Jump co-starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

Perez was nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Peter Weir's 1993 film Fearless.[19] She attended the ceremony with her father.[20] In 1997, she co-starred with Javier Bardem in Perdita Durango, a film in which many scenes of excessive violence, sex and nudity were edited out of the version released in the United States but remained intact in the version released throughout Latin America.[21] In 1999, Perez starred in Nancy Savoca's The 24 Hour Woman.[2] She provides the voices of Click, the camera, on Nick Jr.'s Go, Diego, Go! and Chel, a beautiful native woman in the DreamWorks Animation film The Road to El Dorado. She played corrupt police officer Carol Brazier in the Judd Apatow-produced film Pineapple Express, co-starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

Perez appeared on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in October 2009 about pedophiles' rights. Executive producer Neal Baer said the writers had Perez in mind when they wrote the role of a young sexual abuse victim's mother.[22] She injured her neck while filming the episode and underwent surgery to heal a herniated disc.[23] One year after the accident, she appeared at the White House in a wheelchair, wearing a neck brace for a meeting with President Obama.[24] In May 2011, Perez filed a lawsuit against the producers of the show,[25] claiming that the injury she incurred was the result of being "recklessly pulled, grabbed, yanked, wrenched and manhandled" during filming.[26]

In June 2013, she served as the grand marshal for the international Boxing Hall of Fame parade in Canastota, New York.[27] In February 2014, Perez published an autobiography titled Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling... She is also the reader of the audio CD of this book. Perez said that she didn't initially set out to write an autobiography, but rather a book that analyzes the causes and effects of child abuse.[6] She said it wasn't until about 6 months after the book was published and she heard responses from others that she found the experience cathartic.[6]

On September 3 of the same year, ABC announced Perez would join The View as a new co-host alongside moderator Whoopi Goldberg, newcomer Nicolle Wallace, and returning co-host Rosie O'Donnell.[28] The new season began on September 15, 2014.[29][30] Perez said she was initially hesitant about the job because "I didn't want to be on a show where people were just screaming at each other disrespectfully."[6] She decided to join the cast when she learned that Bill Wolff, whom she knew from The Rachel Maddow Show, was going to be the new executive producer.[6][31][32] In 2015, she returned to Broadway to star in Fish in the Dark, a play written by Larry David.[1][33] On July 8, 2015, Perez announced she would be leaving The View.[34]

In 2018, in a series regular role, Perez portrayed Tracey Wolfe in the NBC musical drama television series Rise, which ran for one season.[35] She starred in the 2020 superhero film Birds of Prey, as comic book character Renee Montoya.[36][37]

Perez is next set to star in the film adaptation of the children's book series Clifford the Big Red Dog.[38]


Perez is an activist for Puerto Rican rights:

Personal lifeEdit

Perez suffered abuse during her childhood along with her siblings from her mother. As a result, she has suffered from high anxiety, PTSD, and depression but with therapy it has been greatly reduced.[1][6][42] Perez resides in Clinton Hill Brooklyn. She has a few siblings that also reside in NYC. Her oldest brother Jay Perez, second oldest brother Ray Perez, youngest sister Lydia Pabon and her sister Sally Pabon, who was on Soul train with her. Perez had a wedding in Brooklyn to her ex husband and had much of her family attend along with a few celebrities.[citation needed]

Perez married artist Eric Haze on September 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. They had decided to get married the night before while attending the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez boxing match.[43] The couple slept over at the MGM Grand hotel-casino and were married in the morning. They live in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.[7] Perez had previously married filmmaker and playwright Seth Zvi Rosenfeld in 1998 but the couple divorced in 2001 after ten years together.[44]

Perez stated on the Pineapple Express DVD commentary that she is allergic to dairy products. She was a friend of the late rapper and actor Tupac Shakur.[42]



Year Film Role Notes
1989 Do the Right Thing Tina
1991 Night on Earth Angela Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
1992 White Men Can't Jump Gloria Clemente Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
1993 Untamed Heart Cindy Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
Fearless Carla Rodrigo Berlin International Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance (Special Mention)
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (tied with Anna Paquin)
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)
1994 It Could Happen to You Muriel Lang
Somebody to Love Mercedes
1997 A Brother's Kiss Debbie
Perdita Durango Perdita Durango Fantafestival Award for Best Actress
1999 The 24 Hour Woman Grace Santos

Nominated—ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress

2000 The Road to El Dorado Chel Voice
King of the Jungle Joanne
2001 Human Nature Louise
Riding in Cars with Boys Shirley Perro
2003 From the 104th Floor Narrator Voice
2004 Exactly Angela Short
2005 All the Invisible Children Ruthie Segment "Jesus Children of America"
Yo soy Boricua, pa'que tu lo sepas! Herself Director
2006 Home
Just Like the Son Mrs. Ponders
2008 The Take Marina De La Pena Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Pineapple Express Officer Carol Brazier
2010 The Other Guys Herself
Pete Smalls Is Dead Julia
2012 Small Apartments Ms. Baker
Won't Back Down Brenna Harper
2013 The Counselor Ruth
The Being Experience Herself
Gods Behaving Badly Persephone
2014 The Hero of Color City Red Voice
Fugly! Zowie
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 The View Host
Puerto Ricans in Paris Gloria
Five Nights in Maine Ann
2017 Active Adults Zoe
2019 The Dead Don't Die Posie Juarez
2020 Birds of Prey Renee Montoya
The Last Thing He Wanted Alma Guerrero
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics Herself
2021 Clifford the Big Red Dog Post-production
TBA With/In Post-production; Also writer and director

TV filmsEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Criminal Justice Denise Moore
1995 In a New Light: Sex Unplugged Herself Host
1997 Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground Mystery Girl Also producer
Segment "Love on the A Train"
2004 Copshop Heaven
Lackawanna Blues Bertha Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2006 Lolo's Cafe Maria Voice
2009 Exit 19 Lorna
2010 Lies in Plain Sight Marisol Reyes Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Special
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated—Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actress – Television


Year Title Role Notes
1990 21 Jump Street Rosie Martinez Episode: "2245"
1990 In Living Color Herself Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Choreography (1990, 1992, 1993)
Choreographer: Seasons 1–4
1990–1991 WIOU Lucy Hernandez Episodes: "Without Prejudice"
"Labored Relations"
"Mother Nature's Son"
"They Shoot Sources, Don't They"
1995–1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Thumbelina / Witch/ Robinita Hood Episodes: "Thumbelina"
"Hansel and Gretel"
"Robinita Hood"
1995–2004 Frasier Francesca, Lizbeth Episodes: "Roz in the Doghouse (1995)"
"Crock Tales (2004)"
2002 Widows Linda Perelli Episodes: "Hour One"
"Hour Two"
"Hour Three"
"Hour Four"
2004 Whoopi's Littleburg The Flashlight Lady Episode: "But I Still Like You"
2005–2008 Go, Diego, Go! Click, the camera Episodes: All
2008–2009 Lipstick Jungle Dahlia Morales Nominated—ALMA Award for Best Actress in Television – Comedy
Episodes: "Pandora's Box"
"Let It Be"
"The F-Word"
"The Lyin', the Bitch and the Wardrobe Dahlia Morales"
"La Vie En Pose"
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eva Banks Episode: "Hardwired"
2011–2012 The Cleveland Show Choni / Aunt Chonie Episodes: "There Goes El Neighborhood"
"Y Tu Junior Tambien"
Episode #3.11
2012 Nurse Jackie Jules Episode: "Slow Growing Monsters"
2014 An American Education Rita Gomez Pilot
2014–2015 The View Co-Host Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
2014–2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Aunt Rose Voice, recurring role
2016 Search Party Lorraine De Coss Recurring role
2017 Pure Phoebe O'Reilly 6 episodes
2017 Nightcap Herself Episode: "Guest in a Snake"
2017–2019 Bounty Hunters Nina Morales Recurring role
2017–2019 Elena of Avalor Dulce Voice; recurring role
2017 The Untitled Action Bronson Show Herself 1 episode
2018 Rise Tracey Wolfe Main role
2019 High Maintenance Adriana Episode: "Proxy"
2019 She's Gotta Have It Doña Lucy Christina Episode: "#OhJudoKnow?"
2020 The Flight Attendant Megan Briscoe Main role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series

Published worksEdit

  • Bourke, Alison P.; Shapiro, Evan; Perez, Rosie; Sherman, Roger M.; Garbus, Liz; Kennedy, Rory; Smits, Jimmy; Taverna, Kathryn; Hurwitz, Tom; Valdez, Carlos (2007). ¡Yo Soy Boricua, Pa'que Tu Lo Sepas!: I'm Boricua, Just So You Know!. Santa Monica, Calif.: Genius Entertainment. ISBN 978-1-59444-303-9. OCLC 123120491.
  • Perez, Rosie (2014). Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair). New York: Crown Archetype. ISBN 978-0-307-95239-4. OCLC 858159344.

See alsoEdit


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