Mayte Michelle Rodríguez is the full name of American actress Michelle Rodriguez. Her most well-known role is that of Letty Ortiz from the Fast and Furious series, which she returned to in the most recent entry, Fast X.

Michelle’s film career took off with a bang, as she won several breakthrough acting awards for powerful, dramatic performances in writer-director Karyn Kusama’s. Which critically acclaimed first sports drama, Girlfight (2000). Rodriguez starred opposite Jaime Tirelli and Paul Calderon in the film, which had its Sundance premiere. And went on to win the best director and grand jury prizes.

Quick Info

REAL NAMEMayte Michelle Rodríguez
BORNJuly 12, 1978
AGE45 years old
BIRTHPLACESan Antonio, Texas
NET WORTH$25 million
HEIGHT5 feet 5 inches

Early Life

On July 12, 1978, in San Antonio, Texas, she was born. Michelle’s father, Rafael Rodriguez, is Puerto Rican, and her mother, Carmen Milady Rodriguez (née Pared Espinal), is of Dominican heritage. Rodriguez moved to the Dominican Republic with Carmen’s(mom) when she was eight years old, and they lived there for three years—then, she relocated to Puerto Rico, where she lived for the following six years.

Rodriguez returned to the United States and settled in Jersey City, New Jersey, after turning seventeen. This turned out to be a difficult time for her and she eventually encountered issues that made Rodriguez decide to drop out of high school. She did, however, eventually receive a General Educational Development (GED) credential. Michelle Rodriguez has ten siblings in total, including half-siblings. Eventually making her a notable member of a large family.

Net Worth

Rodriguez is 45 years old and has an incredible net worth of $25 million as of 2023. Her acting is the source of income. Rodriguez has made eleven different appearances in the Fast and Furious franchise, which provides her with revenue. Her work outside of the Fast & Furious franchise is also noteworthy.


With the 2000 release of the low-budget independent film “Girlfight,” Michelle Rodriguez made her acting debut. An advertisement announcing an open casting call was the impetus behind Rodriguez’s decision to try her luck in the movie. She won the main role despite competition from 350 other candidates. Rodriguez’s outstanding performance won her recognition from the independent film community and awards from esteemed institutions. Like the Gotham Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and National Board of Review. Notably, “Girlfight” was honored at both the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals.

Rodriguez’s portrayal of a disturbed teenager using boxing as a way to express her aggression in “Girlfight”. Finally established her reputation as a tough yet seductive female lead. Her performances in box office successes such as “The Fast and the Furious” (2001) as Letty Ortiz, “Resident Evil” (2002) as Rain Ocampo, “Blue Crush” (2004), and “S.W.A.T.” (2004) further cemented this image. She made the switch to television in 2005 when signed on to play tough police officer Ana Lucia Cortez in the second season of the highly regarded show “Lost.” In 2010, she came back to play the same role in the penultimate episode of the show.

More On Her Career

After role time on “Lost,” Rodriguez returned to the big screen in the 2008 political drama “Battle in Seattle,”. Where she starred alongside Woody Harrelson and Charlize Theron. In 2009, she made a comeback to the “Fast & Furious” franchise, playing Letty Ortiz in “Fast & Furious” (2009). Sequel through “Fast Five” (2011), “Fast & Furious 6” (2012), “Furious 7” (2015), and “The Fate of the Furious” (2017). Following “Avatar” (2009), “Machete” (2010), “Battle: Los Angeles” (2011), “Resident Evil: Retribution” (2012), “Machete Kills” (2013), “The Assignment” (2016), “Milton’s Secret” (2016), “Widows” (2018),. Also in “She Dies Tomorrow” (2020) are some other noteworthy movies in her repertoire. 

Michelle as Voice Actress and Video appearance.

In addition to her on-screen roles, Rodriguez has provided voice acting for several projects. She provided the voice of Rosie Velasco for the video game “True Crime: Streets of LA” in 2003. Michelle also made appearances in “Halo 2” as a Marine and “Driver 3” in 2004 as Calita Martinez. Additionally, she has contributed motion capture to video games including James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game (2009), Call of Duty: Black Ops II (2012), and Fast & Furious Crossroads (2020). Rodriguez has also provided voices for characters in animated movies, including “Turbo” (2013) as Paz and “Smurfs: The Lost Village” (2017) as Smurf Storm. 

The songs “I Can Do Too” (2000) by Cole featuring Queen Latifah, “Always on Time” (2001) by Ja Rule and Ashanti, “If I Could Fall in Love” (2002) by Lenny Kravitz. Some famous singers like “Confident” (2015) by Demi Lovato, and “Nice for What” (2018) by Drake are just a few of the music videos she has appeared in.

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