ROSARIO DAWSON (Julia) has garnered praise for her numerous
collaborations with top actors and directors, making her one of Hollywood's most
sought-after leading ladies. In addition to her work as a successful film and
television actress, Dawson is an activist, lending her time to a range of
influential organizations, most notably Voto Latino, which she co-founded in
2004 to help empower Latino millennials to vote and influence change in
government. She also recently co-founded, alongside Abrima Erwiah, Studio One
Eighty Nine, a social enterprise composed of creatives seeking to provide a
platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content through
an e-commerce shopping site, a supporting agency and an artisan-produced fashion
collection called Fashion Rising Collection.
Dawson most recently starred in the animated worldwide box office hit "The LEGO
Batman Movie," as the voice of Barbara Gordon/Batgirl, with Will Arnett, Zach
Galifiankis, Michael Cera and Ralph Fiennes.
In 2015, Dawson starred as Claire Temple in the Netflix adaptation of the Marvel
comic book series "Daredevil," which premiered to critical and fan acclaim. She
has since reprised her role in the follow up Marvel/Netflix series "Luke Cage,"
as well as season 2 of "Daredevil." Most recently, she once again returned as
Claire Temple in "Iron Fist," which was released on Netflix on March 17, 2017.
She is also currently in production on Marvel's "The Defenders," which is set to
stream later this year.
Dawson was seen in the Scott Rudin-produced "Top Five," directed by Chris Rock.
The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival to rave
reviews and was subsequently purchased by Paramount in what became the largest
sale of the festival. The film was released theatrically in 2014 to critical
acclaim, with Dawson earning a Critics' Choice Award nomination in the category
of Best Actress in a Comedy. Earlier that year, Dawson reprised her "Sin City"
role in the sequel, "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," alongside Jessica Alba,
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, and also starred alongside Michael Pena
and America Ferrera in Diego Luna's "Cesar Chavez," a biopic about the civil
rights activist and labor organizer.
Her other film credits include "Zookeeper," opposite Kevin James; Danny Boyle's
thriller "Trance," opposite James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel; Tony Scott's
"Unstoppable," alongside Denzel Washington and Chris Pine; "Eagle Eye," opposite
Billy Bob Thornton and Shia LaBeouf; "Explicit Ills," which premiered at the
South by Southwest Film Festival, where it won an Audience Award; Quentin
Tarantino's "Grindhouse," with Kurt Russell; "Descent," her first self-produced
feature film under the production banner Trybe Films; "Clerks 2," opposite Kevin
Smith; Dito Montiel's "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," opposite Robert
Downey Jr., Dianne Wiest and Channing Tatum; Oliver Stone's "Alexander," with
Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie; "The Rundown," alongside Dwayne Johnson and
Christopher Walken; "Josie and the Pussycats," with Rachel Leigh Cook and Tara
Reid; and the Spike Lee films "He Got Game," with Denzel Washington, and "The
25th Hour," opposite Edward Norton.
Dawson's film career began at age 15 when she filmed the critically acclaimed
indie drama "Kids," directed by Larry Clark. She later went on to star in "Men
in Black II," opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in 2002. Three years
later, she gained critical acclaim and won the ShoWest Award for Supporting
Actress of the Year for her performance as Mimi Marquez in the big-screen
adaptation of the award-winning Broadway musical "Rent," in which she starred
with original cast members Anthony Rapp, Adam Pascal, Jesse Martin and Taye
Diggs. For her performance in Gabriele Muccino's "Seven Pounds," opposite Will
Smith, Dawson won the 2009 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Motion
On television, she starred in the Lifetime original movie "Five," which sewed
together five personal narratives depicting the effects of breast cancer through
survivor stories. Under Alicia Keys' direction, Dawson was nominated for a 2012
NAACP Image Award for her performance.
Dawson is also an active member of V-Day, an organization founded by Eve Ensler
to help stop violence against women, and the Environmental Media Association,
amongst others. She was also honored with the President's Volunteer Service
Award for her valuable contributions to the community. She resides in both Los
Angeles and New York.
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