Butch beauty. From the boxer in Girlfight to the pilot in Avatar, Michelle Rodriguez on screen is adrenaline personified. She's perfected that role in two of the Fast and Furious flicks, S.W.A.T., Resident Evil, the tv show Lost, and her best movie, the surfer grrrl gem Blue Crush. Rodriguez has also cemented that persona off-screen with an arrest for assault, numerous speeding violations, DUI, her decision to go to jail rather than do community service, violation of her probation, lying "clerical errors" about when she did / didn't do her forced community service, and a second stint in the slammer (18 days of a 180 day sentence, released because of overcrowding). Her lawyers blame her erratic behavior on the price of fame compounded by pressure to hide her sexuality a reaction to allergy medicine.
Half Mexican, half Puerto Rican, and happy to play with her bad girl image in a Hollywood still obsessed with blond, squeaky clean facades, Rodriguez is not quite so rad as to actually come out. While she frequently says, "I am not a lesbian," she also tells the media she has been with both sexes. Her partners and film colleagues have been even more helpful, and more specific, as when Kristanna Loken went public about their relationship and out lesbian Guinevere Turner confirmed it. Rodriguez again played a marine in Battle: Los Angeles. She will be in the fifth recycling of Resident Evil in September and the sixth Fast and Furious next May, as well as the eventual Avatar prequel. Today she's 34.