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Rosie Perez          

Actress, Choreographer, Activist & Former Co-Host of "The View"

An Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actress and choreographer, Rosie Perez has been a cultural mainstay since her breakout performances in such classic films as Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” Ron Shelton’s “White Men Can’t Jump” and Peter Weir’s “Fearless.” Most recently, Perez can be starring opposite Bryan Cranston in the second season of “Your Honor” on Showtime and in HBO Max’s critically acclaimed series, “The Flight Attendant,” opposite Kaley Cuoco. Perez starred in “The Last Thing He Wanted,” opposite Anne Hathaway and Ben Affleck for Netflix and as ‘Detective Renee Montaya’ in Warner Bros. “Birds of Prey,” opposite Margot Robbie.

Perez is a proud Puerto Rican, born and raised in Brooklyn New York. Throughout her career, Perez has been a vocal activist for a number of causes. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed her to The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Perez is the author of "Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)." She is also a long-time boxing fan who can often be found ringside — it's how she earned the nickname "The First Lady of Boxing."

Speech Topics

Education & the Arts

Empowering All Women of All Cultures

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

AIDS Activism: Get the Message Out!

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.


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.
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.

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