9 Things You Didn’t Know About Michelle Rodriguez

  
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Michelle Rodriguez is known for her tough-chick roles, but not many people know what she’s like off-camera. Michelle Rodriguez is a well known actress in Hollywood who has taken on some pretty prominent roles in huge films like Blue Crush, Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, Avatar and even played a role in the popular television series, Lost! Despite her presence on-screen, she doesn’t spend too much time in the limelight and when she does — she’s often seen as controversial, so she’s a bit of a mystery to fans. In honor of her birthday today, here’s a look at 10 things you didn’t know about Michelle Rodriguez.

9. Childhood

Born on July 12, 1978 in Bexar County, Texas to parents Rafael Rodriguez and Carmen Milady Pared Espinal. Michelle’s father served in the U.S. Army and is originally from Puerto Rico while her mother is from the Dominican Republic. Michelle’s parents separated during her childhood, so she grew up with 10 siblings and half-siblings. After her parents split, she moved to the Dominican Republic when she was only 8-years-old and then moved to Puerto Rico. When she was 11, her family relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, but she ended up moving back to Puerto Rico in her teenage years. Not surprisingly, the bad girl character that Rodriguez takes on in films isn’t too far from her actual self. Growing up, she was expelled from five different schools and dropped out of high school when she was only 16. She got her GED later in life.

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8. Her Legal First Name

She may be internationally known as Michelle Rodriguez, but her given name is actually Mayte and her middle name is Michelle. The name is of Basque origin and means “beloved.” Rodriguez has never explained why she doesn’t go by her given name and instead prefers to be professionally credited as Michelle.

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