Rosario Dawson is no stranger to a provocative role. From the start of her career, her debut in the 1995 film Kids, to her most recent bare-it-all role in this year’s Trance, it’s safe to say, when it involves her work, Rosario is pretty comfortable with herself.
Kids, in particular, placed Rosario on the map for its unapologetic depiction of New York teens doing drugs and having sex in the mid-‘90s. Rosario, who was 15 when she was cast, however, was nothing like the character she portrayed on screen.
“I didn’t even have sex until I was 20,” Rosario said in an interview with HuffPost Live. “My mom was a teenage mom, I was deathly afraid of being a teenage mom.”
Experience aside, the film’s director, Harmony Korine, however, saw something in her and felt she could pull off the gritty tone of the film he was going for.
“I got spotted on the street,” she said of her first movie gig. “I auditioned. I worked on it for four days.”
Being an NYC native worked in Rosario’s favor because she “grew up around all those kids,” which offered her insight with her character, an experience she talks about at length here: