Rosario Dawson: Smile, You're Being Watched

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Rosario Dawson may be letting her characters get to her head—or, get inside her head. In the new thriller Eagle Eye, Latina's October cover girl ditches the dresses for a suit to play a government agent alongside Shia LeBeouf and Billy Bob Thornton. The trio team up to take down a privacy-stealer, a battle Rosario is pretty familiar with:

"It's freaky, but I was never been able to keep diary as a child because I was always afraid that someone was going to read it," she confesses to Parade. "I remember I used to write stuff down that I really thought I should remember," she confesess. "But I would write it in code. And then I'd try to read what I wrote and I couldn't. I'm going, 'Oh, this just sucks.' But I always had this weird feeling that someone could invade my privacy."

We know she's always maintained her policy of keeping mum about boyfriends, girlfriends and everything in between, but Rosario is still afraid her secrets could fall into the wrong hands:

"It seems like everything from your e-mails to cell phone calls get recorded and there are video cameras everywhere, she says. "You go online to shop and a website tells you, 'This is what you bought last week so this is what you would like this week.' It's scary where we're going."

Privacy aside, Rosario is taking a public stance against actresses playing the victim in thrillers.

"I'm just tired of all the movies like Saw where women are the objects of brutality. We're at war right now. And it's really interesting that it seems like such a male-dominant thing," she says. "But there are a lot of women who are a part of the fight in Iraq, and people don't ever really think about that."

Amen, Rosario! Your secretive ways may not be much fun for our gossip columns, but we respect your attempt to make over the way women are portrayed on the big screen.

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