Michelle Rodriguez has been Hollywood's go-to femme fatale for over two decades. A fixture in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, Rodriguez is known for her tough-girl appearance and her reputation as one of the most outspoken -- and badass -- women in the biz.
In a candid, in-depth conversation with actress Milla Jovovich for the latest issue of Interview, Rodriguez opens up about everything from sexism in Hollywood to the expectation for her to have children. Below are some of the feminist highlights -- read the full interview here.
On being herself
"I do what I want, when I want, how I want."
On growing up in Jersey City
"I'd stare up at the sky and just dream a lot. Still do. I dreamed that I didn't belong here, that I was going to travel a lot. I just never felt like I belonged anywhere."
On re-connecting with herself
"I enjoy vanity like the best of them. But I can't stick to any of that lifestyle for too long because when its true colors come out, it's empty and cold and soulless. So I have to travel and go find some real people."
On fighting for her "Fast & Furious" character
"When I looked at Letty, I told them, 'You can't do the stereotype thing... Either you don't make her a slut and not make her a character that gets with both [Vin Diesel's character and Paul Walker's] and you respect her, or you're going to lose me. And you can sue me and do whatever because I'm from Jersey City, what the f--k do I give a f--k? I'll go back to where I came from. Whoop-de-do. You're not hurting me none -- it's not like I'm losing millions.'"
On growing older
"I f--king love getting older, man. I wouldn't trade it for the world. I mean, I'd love to have the energy I had."
On the expectation for her to have kids at 36
"I wouldn't want to sacrifice the last years that I have of being youthful in this business to have kids. I'm 36, Milla. It's been 15 years since I was the lead in my own feature, in "Girlfight." So I haven't done what I came here to do. I'm just kind of fiddling around. I haven't even been born yet... So I don't want to sell myself short by having a kid and then regret not doing what I set out to do."
On being overlooked for more serious roles
"Maybe I exclude myself from that genre by not getting dressed up often enough, by acting ghetto most of the time, and running around in sweats and Timberlands."
On the lack of kickass roles for women in Hollywood
"I'd love to see four girls who actually get along in a movie that's not about chasing some guy or marrying somebody. Like, where the f--k is our 'Pulp Fiction?' Where is our 'Reservoir Dogs'? Where's that cool s--t with the chicks kicking ass, having some fun?"
"I just want that unconditional love, the kind you get with a family member. You might get lucky enough to find that unconditional love in a friend or a lover, but it's very rare."