Rosie Perez is eager to tackle the role of a lifetime by playing Sonia Sotomayor if a biopic of the Supreme Court nominee were ever to be made.
"Oh my God, I'd be so honored," the actress told the NY Daily News at screening of the documentary Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech at HBO Studios. Perez would relish the challenge the role would present, playing a real person, who is still alive and able to judge the performance. There is no denying the parallels in the life stories of the Bronx-born-and-bred boricua judge, who pulled herself up from the housing projects to find wild success, and the Brooklyn-bred Perez.
Maybe the similarities are what prompted such strong emotions from the pint-size Puerto Rican thespian. "There needs to be a fearlessness in approaching that role," Perez said. "That's
who she is. Balancing the human being versus the judge is the biggest
challenge that would face me personally," she continued. "But I also think
that to play her, you have to dive in and discover her true spirit.
Otherwise, don't even f-ing go there. Don't even f-ing try it."
Jennifer Lopez, you have officially been warned!