An Academy Award-nominated actress and Emmy Award-nominated choreographer, Rosie Perez continues to shine in her varied roles in front of the camera, as well as behind it. On the big screen, Perez has starred in comedic and dramatic roles with both ease and acclaim, including Fearless (which garnered her a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination), Human Nature, Riding in Cars with Boys, Do the Right Thing, Night on Earth, White Men Can’t Jump, Untamed Heart, It Could Happen to You, A Brother’s Kiss, King of the Jungle, Somebody to Love, The 24-Hour Woman, Pineapple Express, and The Take. Her performance in Lackawanna Blues earned her a 2006 NAACP Image Award Nomination for "Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special."
Perez made her Broadway debut in the hit revival of Terence McNally's Frankie & Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, and went on to star in Craig Lucas’ Reckless in Fall 2004. She recently received rave reviews for her performance in The Ritz on Broadway.
The actor and activist responds to Spike Lee’s recent criticism of gentrification: "I think it’s good and bad. It’s great that it’s safer. It’s great that it improved. But it’s bad because a lot of the people who have been there from the beginning are not allowed to participate."
Rosie Perez was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, talking about her memoir and her tumultuous childhood in Brooklyn. She also told us what she's a fan of that you might not expect.
Rosie Perez talks about the role food has had in her life.
Rosie Perez hosts an event to tell the story of a group of women who challenge the prevailing wisdom that girls don’t play rough.
Since last summer, there has been a sometimes violent standoff between students at the University of Puerto Rico and the government over an announced budget cut and an increase in tuition fees, but that may just be part of a wider pattern of First Amendment violations. Jennifer Turner, a Human Rights Researcher at the ACLU and Rosie Perez, who just returned from a fact-finding mission in Puerto Rico, describe how authorities have dealt with students, striking workers, journalists, and civilians in recent months.
Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles discussed his new film, "Confessions of a Ex-Doofus-Itchy Footed Mutha." (August 28, 2009)
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Rosie Perez seems like the quintessential city-girl: streetwise, fast-talking, and quick on her feet. At least that’s what she’s like in her roles in films like Do the Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump, The 24-Hour Woman, Riding in Cars With Boys, and It Could Happen to You. And she ...