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Rosie Perez        

Actress, Choreographer, Activist and "The View" Co-host

An Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actress and choreographer Rosie Perez was stealing eyes with riveting dramatic performances since the 90s in Spike Lee’s renowned classic “Do the Right Thing,” Ron Shelton’s White Men Can’t Jump, and Peter Weir’s Fearless.

The past year proved very busy for Rosie Perez as she returned to Broadway for the highly-successful Fish in the Dark with Larry David.

On the big screen, her performance in Peter Weir’s Fearless garnered her a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination. Perez’s film credits include Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Andrew Bergman’s It Could Happen to You, among many others. She received rave reviews for her performance in The Ritz and made her Broadway debut in the hit revival of Terence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

Perez received critical acclaim for her directorial debut, Yo Soy Boricua Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas!, a documentary which celebrates Puerto Rican pride.

Throughout her career, Perez has been a vocal activist for a number of causes and serves as the Artistic Board Chair for Urban Arts Partnership. Rosie details her childhood upbringing and career in her book, Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair).

Speech Topics


Yo Soy Boricua

After trying to respond every time somebody made an ignorant remark about Puerto Rico and her people, Rosie Perez decided it was time to educate the world about the rich and important history of her homeland. This led to the creation of the documentary Yo Soy Boricua, Pa' Que Tu Lo Sepas! (I'm Boricua, Just So You Know!)

Featuring Perez (who is director and executive producer), her family and friends, Yo Soy Boricua, is both broad history lesson and personal tale. In fact, a lot of it feels like a home movie about a little girl who grew up beyond poor in Bushwick but learned self-respect from the aunt who never let her forget where she came from. Featuring historical footage and interviews with leading Puerto Rican leaders, educators and artists, Perez has captured the intricate, often conflicted, but enduring relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico.

AIDS Activism: Get the Message Out!

Pa'que tu lo sepas!: Activism for Women's Health

Empowering All Women of All Cultures

Education & the Arts

News


Actress Rosie Perez: Hillary Clinton Ready 'On Day One' - NBC News

Rosie Perez was in Washington, D.C. for the LULAC conference and spoke to NBC News Latino about her support for Hillary Clinton.

Rosie Perez joins cast of CBC's new Mennonite mob drama Pure

CBC has added actress Rosie Perez to the cast of its upcoming Mennonite mob drama Pure.

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