Rosie Perez's 5 Best Movie Roles

Won’t Back Down hits theaters this weekend, and with it Rosie Perez shows she’s got range. The Puerto Rican actress plays a teacher torn between the takeover crusade and the school where she teaches. Take a look at some of her best roles and let us know which is your favorite. 

1. Rosie Perez Roles: White Men Can't Jump

White Men Can’t Jump

Critics loved her depiction of Gloria Clemente, the girlfriend of Billy (Woody Harrelson). She played the voracious reader, lover of obscure facts and a woman who keeps her word brilliantly. 

2. Rosie Perez Roles: Fearless


Earning her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, her portrayal of Carla Rodrigo who struggles with survivor’s guilt on living through a plane crash while her baby didn’t, is in a word: amazing. Seriously. Watch this film.

3. Rosie Perez Roles: 24 Hour Woman

The 24 Hour Woman

Rosie also served as a producer for this film, which focused on Grace Santos, a television producer who struggled with work-life balance and being a good mother.  She was nominated for an ALMA award for “Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film” for this film. 

4. Rosie Perez Roles: Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express

She’s got comedic chops, folks. Rosie plays officer Carol Brazier, a corrupt cop, in this stoner film with James Franco and Seth Rogen. Honestly, just watch it for the laughs.

5. Rosie Perez Roles: The Take

The Take

The role of Marina de la Pena earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.  The film focused on an armored-truck driver who survives a hijacking and becomes obsessed with finding his attackers. Rosie plays Marina, the wife of the driver.