Air Date: 10/21/2009 "Hardwired"
Rosie Perez was born in Brooklyn, New York and began her stage dance career on "Soul Train" in the late 1980s. Perez also choreographed music videos for top artists such as LL Cool J, Bobby Brown, Diana Ross and more. She choreographed The Fly Girls dance crew on "In Living Color" and launched the career of Jennifer Lopez.
In 1989 director Spike Lee discovered Perez and cast her in "Do the Right Thing." She has since acted in such films as: "White Men Can't Jump," "It Could Happen to You," "Riding in Cars with Boys," and "Pineapple Express." She also provides the voices of Click the camera on Nick Jr.'s "Go Diego Go!," and Chel in the animated film "The Road to El Dorado."
In addition to her film career, Perez is an activist for Puerto Rican rights. Her film "Yo Soy Boricu! Pa' Que tu Lo Sepas! (I'm Puerto Rican, Just So You Know!)" documents her activism.