Before Michelle Rodriguez became famous as her character “Letty” in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, she played “Diana Guzman” in the 2000 film “Girlfight.” It was her first starring role after playing an extra in movies such as Spike Lee’s “Summer of Sam.”
Rodriguez tells Yahoo Entertainment the audition for “Girlfight” was “an open cattle call.” “I remember there were 200 girls trying out for that,” she says.
Rodriguez also recalls the director, Karyn Kusama, had to fight to cast a Latina actress in the role. She explains the studio wanted to bring on a big name like Alyssa Milano. “They were picking all of these girly girls,” Rodriguez says. “Women that didn’t have that kind of ghetto characteristic.”
“Girlfight” also opened the door for her to meet Vin Diesel and ultimately star in the “Fast” movies. “Vin saw it and he told the director of ‘Fast and Furious’ that he wanted me for Letty,” she says.
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