Mayte Michelle Rodriguez[needs IPA] (born July 12, 1978), simply credited as Michelle Rodriguez, is an American actress, screenwriter anddisc jockey. Rodriguez got her breakout role in the independent film Girlfight (2000), which was met with critical acclaim for her performance as a troubled boxer, and earned her several awards, including the Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award for Best Debut Performance. The following year, she made her Hollywood debut starring as Letty Ortiz in the blockbuster film The Fast and the Furious (2001), and would reprise the role with its sequels Fast & Furious (2009) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013).
During her career, she has appeared in a number of successful action-themed films, playing tough, independent roles in films including Blue Crush,S.W.A.T., Battle: Los Angeles and James Cameron's record-breaking Avatar. She is also known for her reprising roles as Shé in Robert Rodriguez'saction comedy films Machete and Machete Kills and as Rain Ocampo in the science-fiction franchise Resident Evil and Resident Evil: Retribution.
Rodriguez also branched into television, playing Ana Lucia Cortez in the second season of the television series Lost as part of the main cast and then making numerous guest appearances before the series' end. She has also done numerous voice work jobs in video games such as Call of Duty andHalo and lent her voice for the 3D animated film Turbo and in television for IGPX.
With her films grossing over $5 billion collectively, a 2013 Entertainment Weekly article described Rodriguez as "arguably the most iconic actress in the action genre, as well as one of the most visible Latinas in Hollywood".