Genesis Rodriguez is an American actress, best known for playing Rosita Amado in the Spanish-language television series (telenovela) ‘Dame Chocolate.’ She is also famous for playing recurring roles in American TV series, such as ‘Time After Time.’ Rodriguez has made multiple appearances as a special guest in ‘Bravo’ television network’s popular show ‘Top Chef.’ Rodriguez received critical appreciation for playing Sonia Lopez in the 2012 Spanish-language American comedy film ‘Casa de mi padre.’ The film, which was premiered at the ‘South by Southwest Film Festival,’ had Will Ferrell playing the lead. Apart from acting, Rodriguez is also well-known for voicing animated characters in films and series, such as ‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘Elena of Avalor,’ ‘Big Hero 6: The Series,’ and ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.’ In 2014, ‘Elle’ magazine included her in the list of ‘8 Young Women Poised to Take Over Hollywood.’
Childhood & Early Life
Genesis Rodriguez was born on July 29, 1987, in Miami, Florida, USA, to José Luis Rodríguez González and Luisa Carolina Pérez Rodriguez. She is of mixed origin as her mother is from Cuba, while her father is from Venezuela. She was raised in Miami where she attended ‘Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart.’
Rodriguez was determined to become an actress from a young age. The fact that her parents were active in the field of entertainment encouraged her to establish an acting career of her own. When she was seven years old, she appeared as a dancer in the Spanish-language children’s television program ‘El Club de Los Tigritos.’
She attended summer classes at the famous ‘Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute’ in New York City, New York. She also attended various other acting classes to hone her skills. Subsequently, she landed her first major acting role at the age of 17.
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Genesis Rodriguez was cast to play Libertad Salvatierra Santos in a telenovela titled ‘Prisionera’ in 2004. The series was aired in 16 countries including Uruguay, Croatia, and Serbia. In 2007, she landed the lead role of Rosita Amado in the Spanish-language TV series ‘Dame Chocolate.’ The series was produced by the US-based TV network ‘Telemundo.’
From 2008 to 2009, she played Marisela Barquero in the popular Spanish-language TV series ‘Doña Bárbara.’ The series was based on a Venezuelan novel of the same name. Rodriguez’s performance in the series earned her a nomination at the 2009 ‘Premios People en Español’ (award ceremony) for ‘Best Young Actress.’
From 2010 to 2011, she played Sarah in three episodes of American comedy-drama television series ‘Entourage.’ In 2012, she was seen in three films, namely ‘Man on a Ledge,’ ‘What to Expect When You're Expecting,’ and ‘Casa de Mi Padre.’ She was also seen in a couple of TV series titled ‘Gracias por venir, gracias por estar’ and ‘Attack of the Show!’
In 2013, she played Agent Ellen Richards in the Kim Jee-woon-directed action film ‘The Last Stand.’ She was also seen in a couple of other films, namely ‘Identity Thief’ and ‘Hours.’ From 2013 to 2015, she appeared in four episodes of the long-running television talk show ‘Made in Hollywood.’ In 2014, she played Ally Leon in the American comedy horror film ‘Tusk’ and then voiced a character named Honey Lemon in the animated superhero film ‘Big Hero 6.’
In 2015, she played Gabriela Conlon in the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed American action thriller film ‘Run All Night.’ The following year, she was cast to play Ms. Wicklund in the horror comedy film ‘Yoga Hosers.’
She landed the prominent role of Jane Walker in the American science fiction television series ‘Time After Time’ in 2017. In the same year, she played Alicia in a series titled ‘The Passage’ and voiced a character named Amalay in the animated adventure television series ‘Elena of Avalor.’ She also started voicing Honey Lemon in ‘Disney’ channel’s animated series ‘Big Hero 6: The Series.’
In 2018, Rodriguez was seen in three feature films, namely ‘Delirium,’ ‘Centigrade,’ and ‘Icebox.’ In the same year, she voiced a character named Perfuma in the American animated web television series ‘She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.’ She was also seen playing Lourdes Vega in a couple of episodes of the popular American crime drama television series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’
Rodriguez’s other major works include her performance in the 2017 music video ‘Héroe Favorito.’ The video was released by American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Romeo Santos. In 2019, she reprised her role as Honey Lemon when she voiced the popular character for the action role-playing video game ‘Kingdom Hearts III.’
Family & Personal Life
Rodriguez’s parents were involved in the entertainment industry. Her mother Carolina Pérez Rodriguez is a former model, while her father José Luis Rodríguez González (El Puma) is a famous singer and actor. He has recorded several international super hits and has appeared in many television series.
Rodriguez has two half-sisters from her father’s previous marriage with Venezuelan actress and singer Lila Morillo. Her half-sisters, Lilibeth Morillo and Liliana Rodriguez, are popular actresses.
In 2004, Genesis Rodriguez started dating Mexican actor Mauricio Islas who is 14 years her senior. After breaking up with Mauricio Islas, she started dating Peruvian actor and singer Christian Meier who is 17 years older than Rodriguez. She broke up with Christian Meier in 2009. In one of her interviews, she opened up about dating older men and said that she was merely following her parents’ footsteps as her father is 23 years older than her mother.
Rodriguez advocates the usage of sunscreen to avoid suffering from skin cancer. Her great uncle and grandmother were diagnosed with skin cancer which made her aware of the potential risk posed by sunlight.
Rodriguez loves talking about sports and spends time watching different sports on TV. She is active on social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter where she has thousands of followers. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.