Hollywood actress Michelle Rodriguez is pro-active when it comes to portraying tough-chick characters onscreen.
In fact, she has even rewritten dialogue that she believed did not fit her assumed persona.
Michelle has always been seen as a tomboyish character in past projects such as Girlfight, S.W.A.T., Avatar and Fast & Furious.
Was it a deliberate choice for her to portray empowered female characters in her projects?
“It really started with me not wanting or feeling really, really uncomfortable playing weak women. If the dialogue were weak, I’d change it.”
Michelle met with select members of the Asian press yesterday, May 16, at Fairmont Hotel in Makati City. She arrived in the Philippines with her co-stars Vin Diesel, Luke Evans and Gina Carano to promote Fast & Furious 6, which will open on May 24.
The Hollywood star also feels strongly about portraying female characters who will not be looked down upon for the choices she makes.
“If the woman’s position was illogical, I would change it. [I would say], ‘Well, this doesn’t really make sense. She’s an intelligent person.’
“If the director says, ‘She’s not an intelligent person.’ Then I’m like, ‘Then why am I here?’
“I just don’t see the point of ever playing someone that you wouldn’t want to be.
“I’m not a thespian that way. You know how actors just do a role because it is and ‘I’m doing it for the art.’
“No, I’m not like that. I have to feel proud of the person I’m playing.
“It’s just selfish…It’s me not wanting to be an idiot in front of millions of people around the world. It’s a selfish egotistic thing,” she said with her signature laugh.
She believes that by choosing to portray strong female characters, she is doing her part to change the image of women.
“It happens to help out a lot of people because you’re throwing a different message out there. That there aren’t a lot of women in Hollywood films now. Now it’s justified.”
BREAKING HOLLYWOOD ILLUSIONS. Ever since Michelle broke into the entertainment scene, she has grabbed the attention of the public for her out-of-the-box characters.
In fact, the Texas-born actress with Dominican and Puerto Rican heritage has been receiving recognitions from the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards.
Was it a conscious effort for her to represent her minority group onscreen?
“It was never my aim. It just happened that way,” admitted the Latina actress.
She lauded the producers of Fast & Furious for tapping a multi-cultural cast that best reflect modern times.
“I admire this franchise because for me, it seems like the only franchise I see today among action movies that have all these characters in the streets but from different cultures and different parts of the world.”
She quipped, “I think, for me, the only other franchise that really does that is Star Trek. But it’s sci-fi. It’s not based on reality.”
Michelle turned serious as she continued, “I think it’s so cool because they came from the streets and that’s very dear to my heart. It’s very close to where I come from.
‘For me, it’s kinda cool to see that come together on screen. I mean, when would you see a regular person…?
“Hollywood instilled so many illusions…beautiful people and sexy people…I’m not saying our cast isn’t [beautiful and sexy] but for me, it’s more real. Or closer to a reality that I can relate to.
“I’ve always admired that.”
CAR RACING SCHOOL. Since she has been part of the car racing-themed film franchise since 2001, how has Michelle’s perception about cars and driving changed?
“I got my first driver’s license for the first Fast & Furious thirteen years ago. I think my outlook on cars was changed a week later after getting my license when I’m in car racing school.
“Driving a car has always been a superhero event. I’ve always known the potential after getting my driver’s license. I’ve always known what a car can do.
“Everytime I get into a car…it doesn’t matter what kind of car it is. It could be a Prius, it could be a truck, it could be a Toyota, I’ll always know that I could take it to a certain limit and it could be fun.”
Does she herself getting married in Fast & Furious 7?
The 34-year-old actress said with a laugh: “Why is that everybody wants to get me pregnant?
“I’m sure that eventually in the franchise, you’ll have to pass it on to the next generation. And they’re gonna want a Toretto kid or an O’Connor kid. The O’Connor kid is already here but I’m not interested in playing a mom right now.
“It’s not where I am.”
Does she like doing action flicks better than starring in drama movies?
“For sure,” she enthused. “Because I live drama in my real life. Do I need to make a movie about it? Hahaha! I prefer to have fun and entertain.”
Michelle Rodriguez says she is not interested in accepting a mother role for now
by Jocelyn Dimaculangan posted on May 17, 2013