I was in Jersey when the whole World Trade Center thing happened and I felt powerless. So, I went to Hawaii and did a surf movie. It's kind of fluffy.— Michelle Rodriguez
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I was born in Texas and I lived there 'till I was 8.
Then I moved to the Dominican Republic with my mom, lived there for two years and forgot every word of English I knew.
I didn't know how to box so I would have looked like a complete street fighter actually, but what we did have to do was pick up some sides and then just memorize them within two days and go there and audition.
Whenever a female takes a strong stand for herself, the majority of the time they have to really, really narrow it down to being feminine and wearing dresses and just being lipstick chic.
I just love feeling myself, and moving, flexing, jumping, expressing, dancing and doing movement. I'm in tune with it. I like to express myself with my body, more so than intellectually. But, I am a geek.
When I was about, I'd say, 18 or 19 years old, I wanted to be a part of the CIA just because they know those intimate secrets... So I was just always into knowing. I like to know things.
I'm a lone wolf. I run by myself on most things. I've got lots of really great friends, but the thought of being in a long-lasting relationship? Psh, I couldn't last more than six months with somebody, let alone have a father figure around for a kid. I mean, if I could give a kid a father figure, that would be amazing.
I knew nothing about the independent film industry.
I didn't know much about the industry itself. All I knew was how to watch movies, how to enjoy them, how to hate them, how not to like them.
I wanted to write a film and I thought the best way to do so was to train myself within the field... It was just like a cycle of people trying to make it, not making it, doing extra work, and it was pretty depressing in the end.
After Cannes every year, I end up going to some foreign country I've never been to before and introducing myself to a new religion - I'll go to Bali and research Hinduism, or I'll go to Thailand and get another tattoo from Thai tattoo artist Ajarn Noo Kanpai.
I would like to see a fierce Fantasia mixed with Blade Runner, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars all in one. That's the kind of movies I want to make.
I am looking forward to seeing my buddy Colin represent in front of Pacino. That's sweet.
The whole surf culture is starting to embrace women a lot more.
I wish that something interesting would come across the desk.
I'm bored by what people think is interesting.
At school, I was this tomboy kid who just loved to hang out with her friends and learn curse words, trying to fit in with the cool kids and defending all the kids who got picked on.
I trained with an ex-Navy Seal. We shot a lot of guns. Real bullets... I underwent commando training.
Basically I was a rebel growing up. I got kicked out of six schools. But I don't think that it makes you less of an intellect. You know, if you ever crave knowledge, there's always a library.
The Dewey decimal system really works.
So that's all I needed to know. Elementary school taught me that.
I enjoy vanity . But I can't stick to any of that lifestyle for too long because, when its true colors come out, it's empty and cold and soulless.
People love destroying mankind, for some strange reason.
You make a movie about mankind's destruction, you're going to fill seats. People just love the idea. For a couple thousand years, we've been dreaming up how we're all going to disappear and fade away from this planet.
The way I survived growing up in Jersey City was by being funny.
It wasn't by being tough. Nobody thought of me as a tough kid, except for the kids I beat up.
I think empathy is a beautiful thing.
I think that's the power of film though. We have one of the most powerful, one of the greatest communicative tools known to man.
I wanted to express myself. I wanted to be creative and I didn't want to worry about someone bossing me around in the process. You have to struggle no matter where you are to get to where you're going, so I'm like, working it honey!
I've been part of really big things that are amazing, but I haven't taken on that responsibility yet. So I don't want to sell myself short by having a kid and then regret not doing what I set out to do.
I also love the makers of South Park, because they're political, strong, and they're making all of these comments that would get you shot for if you did it in a drama.
They didn't train me to be in the ring for five and a half hours punching air.
So, it was hard, I had to get some body contact in there somewhere, it was mostly body shots and stuff. I had no clue, really.
Milla Jovovich introduced me to [anthropologist and author of the Don Juan series of books involving shamanic peyote rituals] Carlos Castaneda because I was all into the hallucinogens for a minute.
I used to go over to my friend's house and we'd watch VCR tapes, three of them a day, and I was like, "I could come up with better stories than this." And I've wanted to write films ever since.
Until they come up with an independent woman who's on an adventure of her own, I don't think I'm interested.
My dad was more, "Let's play chess. Read a book, you're stupid." He's more the intellectual type.
It's the board I had a problem with. I could totally handle being in the water and stuff. I came here to do my own stunts. Water! Ocean! Action! Big waves! That water, that water has tamed me. You can feel that the world is connected to it.
Berlin is liberation. Architecture, man!
I learned that you can make a sci-fi film that is satisfying overseas.
European people have everything in check. I'd make every sci-fi film in Europe. They only work 14 hours a day. After that, it's overtime.
There's only a handful of directors who really understand what I call the alchemical balance between a man and a woman, in a woman's body, which most people consider the strong woman character.
The only place that I'd be worried about being typecast is the independent film world.
I'm always researching ancient religions, and I was also raised Jehovah's Witness, so that kind of scarred me for life.
I have absolutely nothing consistent in my life.
But that's where serendipity comes in and I love that. One day I'm going to have to sacrifice that to bring life into the world. But the more I can hold off on that, the happier I'll be. It's scary for me.
I'd done two years' worth of extra work, and all my friends who I would go on auditions with went to school for acting. These were kids who knew when they were 14 years old that this was what they wanted to do with their lives, and they prepared for it, and they're getting canned at every audition.
I was hanging out in gers [yurts] with these Kazakh sort of Bedouins.
Drank nasty-ass camel milk. The drive [from the Souther Gobi to Ulan Bator] is insane. It's like The Road.
I had older brothers who would pick on me, and injustice always boiled my blood.
It's easy for me to work with other girls because I'm a tomboy and I don't want the guy, your boyfriend - I'm not interested in looking better than you, so don't worry. Fail or win, whatever it is, I need to go do stuff.
Guys are so predictable. They can't seem to separate fantasy from reality, so I get a lot of bikers and race car drivers hitting on me. They're all just playboys, so they don't interest me.
Growing up in Jersey City was interesting.
I got to learn a lot about different cultures: I had Hindu friends, Middle Eastern friends, black friends, Spanish friends.
I already knew, from church, that this place was raped and pillaged by Spaniards and the Pilgrims. "Don't sit here and try to tell me that they broke bread together, brother.
People forget we come from an embryo and we're part sperm and part ovary. We have both sides in us.
I want them to listen to me for what I am saying.
And I think the best way to do that is to sniff my armpits, and like, sit and burp every now and then.
I just loved storytelling. That's what I thought I would end up doing. I thought I would probably go to school and end up writing for a magazine or something.
I'm a video game fan. I played them before I became an actress.
I love action. I love to move my body. Any chance I have to do that in my youth, I'll definitely jump towards it, for sure.
I don't like weak women and I don't find it interesting to play them.
I'm inspired by them, when I see them in dramas, like with Natalie Portman, in almost every movie she's in. It's awesome that chicks can really go there, and it's beautiful to watch, but I don't think I'm interested, in any way, shape or form, in embodying those creatures.