Rosario Dawson graces the September 2012 cover of Latina, which hits newsstands, Nook and Kindle Fire on August 14.
The actress and activist chats about Voto Latino, which she co-founded, her social-political activities around the globe, and her upcoming high school reunion dramedy, Ten Years, co-starring Channing Tatum.
On looking back at her own high school years: "I didn’t brush my hair; I wore platform flip-flops and Converse because I had a height complex," says Dawson, who envied her mom’s six-foot stature. "I would roll in wearing my pajamas, just in the nick of time before class started. And that’s still me."
On being both excited and terrified to play "amazing icon" Dolores Huerta in the upcoming Chavez, which chronicles civil right leaders Cesar Chavez and Huerta’s fight for farmworker rights in the 1960s: "They weren’t these regimented people; they were intense but they did have fun moments."
The "happily single" actress on having kids in the future: "I won’t be able to act anymore. I’ll just be focused on trying to make the world a better place for my baby."
Voto Latino president and CEO Marisa Teresa Kumar on Dawson’s global activism: "She’s been really moved by some of the grassroots movements around the world that are putting power back in people’s hands. That kind of deeply personal, authentic action really drives her to get more and more involved over time."
Also in the September 2012 issue:
- Latina Beauty Awards: The complete head-to-toe guide to products proven to work with our hair types and skin tones.
- The 2012 LATINA Makeovers: Our fashion and beauty gurus modernized the looks of three lucky Latinas to fit their lives and styles.
- Fabulous Fall Color Combos: The season’s typical neutrals get amped up when accessorized with jewel tones from emerald green to ruby red.
- The Heartbreak Kid: Pulitzer Prize–winner Junot Díaz talks to Latina about his new book This Is How You Lose Her, a collection of short stories about love gone awry and his own failures in love.
- The Taming of Evelyn … Seriously: Evelyn Lozada may be the controversial reality star you love to hate, but she’s showing her softer side on her new show Ev & Ocho.
- Fighting Childhood Obesity: Latina’s exclusive interview with the First Lady Michelle Obama and her initiative to combat the children’s health crisis.
- For the Kids: Principal Anabel Garza risked her own career to turn around an underachieving high school in Austin, Texas, giving its mostly Latino student population a new chance.