Michelle Rodriguez on Choosing Dominant Roles: "I'm A True Matriarch" - NBC 6 South Florida
Shedding light on life after dark

Michelle Rodriguez on Choosing Dominant Roles: "I'm A True Matriarch"



    Actress Michelle Rodriguez has been kicking serious you know what since her breakout flick, Girlfight, and continued through mega-hits like The Fast and the Furious, Lost, and, more recently, James Camerons' Avatar. And according to her, that's really the only way to ensure she takes the roll.

    "I look for a whiny aspect in a woman, and as soon as I see that, I'm like, 'not interested,'" Rodriguez told Niteside. "I'm not a true thespian, I don't seek the thrill of exploration of human emotion -- I'm more about projecting what I love about women and the empowerment of them as much as possible." 

    She added, "When I see strength I'm attracted to it, it's what makes me feel comfortable. I'm a true matriarch."

    Still, Rodriguez — whose latest film Battle: Los Angeleshits theaters Friday — admitted to having reservations after reading the script, in which she plays plays Air Force Tech Sergeant Elena Santos. 

    Sigourney Weaver: From "Aliens" to "Avatar"

    [NBCAH] Sigourney Weaver: From "Aliens" to "Avatar"
    Sigourney Weaver discusses James Cameron's ability to write strong female characters and how far technology has progressed since "Aliens."
    (Published Tuesday, March 4, 2014)

    "The first thing that I thought was, 'I just did Avatar -- I don't want to be in a movie that's going to be corny,'" she explained. "So my first thing was to know what these aliens are going to look like and the perspective.

    "And he [Director Jonathan Liebesman] showed me the short that he basically showed to the studio to get the funding for it, and it blew me out of the water. It's intimate -- it's not this 'blow up the Hollywood sign.'"

    In fact, Rodriguez — who underwent extensive Marine training to prepare for the part — said she wouldn't be opposed to having a real life close encounter.

    "Fast And Furious" New Films This Weekend

    [NATL] "Fast And Furious" New Films This Weekend
    A sneak peek of the new movies out this weekend, including NBC Universal's "Fast And Furious", "Adventureland", "Gigantic", "Alien Trespass", and "Sugar".
    (Published Thursday, April 2, 2009)

    "It'd be kind of cool if aliens dropped in on us," she laughed. "Maybe we'd stop fighting against each other so much. "

    At least we know if they didn't "come in peace" she'd be able to take them down.

    Sometimes it's okay to be a follower! Check us out @Nitesidemia.

    "Battle: Los Angeles"

    [NATL] "Battle: Los Angeles"
    After one great city after another falls to alien invaders, mankind makes its last stand in the City of Angels. Stars Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and Michael Peña.
    (Published Monday, Nov. 15, 2010)