There are so many talents waiting to be discovered out there…so here’s a story that will make you a little more hopeful! It takes a great attitude towards life, charisma, and a little bit of luck & timing to get discovered: this is exactly the mix that got NYC beauty Rosario Dawson noticed on her front stoop one day.
Born in New York City to a 17-year-old mother, Dawson grew up in the Lower East Side in an abandoned apartment her mother broke into. Rosario lived by the quote in her own words: “If you wanted something better, you had to do it yourself.” One afternoon the 15 year old Dawson was sitting on the front stoop of her building in NYC’s Lower East Side and a photographer named Larry Clark, and a young screenwriter named Harmony Korine, walked up to Rosario and told her that she would be perfect for one of the characters in their new screenplay. She was subsequently cast in the edgy & controversial film Kids alongside Chole Sevingy. Though the film’s subject matter was shocking to audiences and critics, Rosario’s performance was a standout that set her showbiz career in motion. (She had had no formal acting training prior to this film).
Dawson’s unique multicultural background, her great look, and her natural acting talent — along with training from the Lee Strasberg Institute — helped her from being typecast in Hollywood. Six years after Kids, Dawson landed her first feature-film role in Josie and the Pussycats (2001), based on the popular 1970s cartoon of the same name. More roles followed in bigger productions, including Men In Black II (2002),Sin City (2005), Eagle Eye (2008) and Unstoppable (2010). Recently, Rosario has appeared in Chavez (2013), about civil rights activist Cesar Chavez; the Sin City sequel Sin City: A Dame To Kill For(2014); and the Chris Rock comedy Finally Famous.
Let Rosario’s story be an inspiration to us all!