Michelle Rodriguez is known for taking on strong and adventurous female roles. From Letty Ortiz in the "Fast and Furious" franchise to Trudy Chacon in "Avatar," Michelle's characters always have a certain edge and vibrancy to them, like Michelle herself. On April 14, 2017, Michelle will reprise her role as Letty in "The Fate of the Furious," which was filmed in Cuba. Read on for Wonderwall.com's list of 12 things you might not know (but should!) about Michelle…
1. She has 10 siblings
Talk about a big family! Texas-born actress Michelle Rodriguez has 10 siblings, including two half siblings.
2. She plays a transgender woman in new film "The Assignment"
Staying on-brand with her fierce woman-focused roles, Michelle Rodriguez plays a female transgender hitman in new movie "The Assignment." Michelle defended the film's controversial premise on Instagram, writing, "I never felt more like a woman than when I played a man."
3. She's dedicated to the environment
In March 2017, Michelle Rodriguez traveled with Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd on an expedition to save endangered baby seals from hunters and ended up finding herself in the center of an ecological plight. "I was expecting to see thousands of seals on a solid ice pack. What I saw is an ecological disaster," she told People. Michelle also frequently tweets articles about climate change awareness and ocean exploration.
4. She's bisexual
According to Michelle Rodriguez, being bisexual is "something natural and organic." The actress told "ET," "I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f—— curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks." Michelle was linked to model Cara Delevingne in 2014 and just a short while later, she was spotted with Zac Efron, with whom she enjoyed a hot and heavy summer romance.
5. She's a hardcore feminist
Michelle Rodriguez is one of the biggest feminists in Hollywood. She's played countless tough-girl roles and is incredibly comfortable her own skin. "To sit there and explain to a guy what it's like to be a kick-ass woman is hard. I think there're only a handful of directors out there that get it," she told Interview Magazine. "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— is our 'Pulp Fiction'? Where is our 'Reservoir Dogs'?
6. She cherishes her friendship with the late Paul Walker
Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker were very close friends up until his death in 2013 in a fiery car crash. The two met on the set of 2001's "The Fast and the Furious" and developed a tight bond. "What he embodied in one persona is almost impossible to find out there. He had a swag to him. He wasn't just another Caucasian male. He had some something that united him to the streets, that made him a little bit edgier than everybody else," she told Entertainment Weekly.
7. She was raised Jehovah's Witness
Although Michelle Rodriguez grew up as a Jehovah's Witness, she no longer practices in the faith. But her childhood indoctrination in the religion has made her extremely curious about other faiths and spirituality. Her friend Milla Jovovich piqued her interest in shamanism and Michelle has since read several books by New Age author Carlos Castaneda. She told Interview magazine, "Sometimes I wake up in awe that I'm alive. I can't get over that part, so I guess it makes me kind of like an existentialist. I'm always researching ancient religions."
8. She went to jail
In 2007, Michelle Rodriguez's bad-girl streak got the best of her. The former "Lost" star spent 18 days in jail in late 2007 and early 2008 after receiving a 180-day sentence for violating probation in a drunk driving case. She was released early due to overcrowding.
10. She DJs
Michelle Rodriguez: actress, environmentalist and DJ! Michelle DJs from time to time and told Page Six, "There's no secret, it just comes. If it's there, it's some abnormal mutation and you just do it."
11. She's a bookworm
It's not all wild and crazy times with Michelle Rodriguez. She's also an avid reader and frequently tweets book suggestions to her fans. She's recommended "Boomerang" by Michael Lewis and "David and Goliath" by Malcolm Gladwell.
12. She's a high school dropout
Michelle Rodriguez dropped out of high school but later earned her GED. She briefly attended business school before quitting to pursue a career in acting. Looks like it worked out!