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Saturday, August 24th, 2002

Time:11:50 am.
Mood: working.
Its a very cool interview with Michelle...

That feisty gal from Girlfight and The Fast and the Furious has gone
from driving hot race cars to riding shotgun in a beat-up old Chevy
(the beach wagon for the three surf babes in the new wave rider film
Blue Crush) but that's okay with her. Michelle Rodriguez, in a tan
halter top and great white and tan hipster pants, is looking more
gorgeous than we've seen her on screen. The catch phrase from the
film is "Take the risk, feel the rush" and, when we talked to
Michelle oceanside in beautiful Hawaii, she agreed that surfing
definitely provided a new rush for her.

TeenHollywood: Did you surf before this film?

Michelle; Hell no! (laughs)

TeenHollywood: Was it as hard as you expected?

Michelle: There were a few times where I feared for my life. It was
hard man. You try it with the surf lead wrapped around your neck
submerging you into the water. I had my share of busting my butt. I
said to myself "in two weeks, look like a professional surfer," it's
not going to happen. At first I thought no problem, radical dude,
bodacious whatever, I could do this. The wave the size of me does not
weigh as much as me! (laughs) I have this new found respect for

TeenHollywood: What does surfing do for you?

Michelle: Surfing is so powerful man. It's such a beautiful place. Do
you know how amazing it is to surf the waters of the world? If you go
to Hawaii in the winter, you have Niagara Falls over and over again.
These surf chicks don't care if they eat or sleep, it's all about the
surf. They don't even care where they are sleeping that night.

TeenHollywood: Do you still surf?

Michelle: I love to whenever I get a chance, but I wouldn't do it
without a pro to help me out.

TeenHollywood: Are you into the surfer guys?

Michelle: I'll tell you one thing. I was at this food market, which
is called `Dudeland', by the way. It was my first time in Hawaii and
I do a triple take on this guy and I'm like, "Wow, this guy is
ripped!" The guy turns around and he's eighty years old! I was
like, "what was I doing?!!" (Laughs)

TeenHollywood: How did you get the part in Blue Crush?

Michelle: I don't really audition for stuff. I am the most terrible
actor in the world when it comes to auditions. I am too cheap to hire
somebody to teach me how to do it. I did read with the director [John
Stockwell]. I went in for just a meeting, but he made me read anyway -
he's like, "Ah, it's no big deal. I just want to hear your voice." I
was like, okay.

TeenHollywood: Why do you suck at auditions - is it nerves?

Michelle: I am not good at being judged.

TeenHollywood: You're a hot chick, why don't they give you a lead

Michelle: They are scared. They do send me the scripts, I get the
romantic comedies. The scripts are boring. I don't want to do the
lead roles. I don't want to be the lead one portraying the MTV ad

TeenHollywood: Are you frustrated with the business?

Michelle: I get a little bit frustrated, but I got into this business
to write, so I can't complain, I'm doing pretty good. I haven't used
my brain in three years, if that explains it. (laughs) I just use my
body and my attitude.

TeenHollywood: Are you getting recognized more?

Michelle: The Fast and The Furious did that for me. I get recognized
by kids a lot. The little boys ring my bell in my house in New
Jersey. They're like, "Hey Michelle, what are you doing? Did you
really race those cars like that? Hey, are those your rims? Does your
car go fast?"

TeenHollywood: Does that become annoying?

Michelle: Kids can never be annoying to me...I love kids. I can be in
the worst mood in the world and a little kid comes up to me and I
can't be mean.

TeenHollywood: So you just bought a house in your native New Jersey?

Michelle: I'm a homebody. It's 26 acres man all to myself. You don't
have pay millions to live in Jersey.

TeenHollywood: How does that feel to buy a house at such a young age?

Michelle: It's the most expensive thing I've ever bought in my life!
I feel happy, I am thinking of buying some land in Georgia and
getting a bunch of horses to roam free. I saw Spirit and I just
cried. I want to buy a bunch of land and do what everybody else
doesn't do. They always put a 'No trespassing' sign up. I've always
hated that. It's nature, why can't I enjoy it? I see these beautiful
hills and I can't I walk on them. I can't go to the top of the hill
and see the view, because it's owned by some military base or some
guy who's built a big mansion and that's part of his land. He never
uses it, he never goes there, but it's his. It pisses me off. So, I
bought my own thing. If Hollywood black lists me tomorrow, I can
easily just be like - hey, I'm doing my own thing. I have my own
piece of land.

TeenHollywood: Is there an actor who you have a crush on?

Michelle: [laughs] You're looking for the dirt, girl! What's up with
that! Okay, I like Matthew McConaughey from Reign of Fire. He looks
great in that movie. He buffed up for that. I was checking him out. I
saw him at the Stunt Awards once. He's cute, man.

TeenHollywood: Why didn't you introduce yourself?

Michelle: Ah, I don't do that man. I don't like mingling and rubbing
elbows. I'm not into that celeb stuff.

TeenHollywood: Are you hiding something behind your tuff girl image?

Michelle: I am hiding my sexuality, I am hiding who I am. Because if
I let it go, that's what people will like about me. I can flash you
my tits and I can tell you amazing stories about who I really am and
what my goals in life are and what you will remember most is me
flashing my tits.

TeenHollywood: What do you want people to know about you, when they
see this film?

Michelle: I just think this was another message - a grow up message.
When I make my moves, I do it instinctively. This was a female
empowering movie.

TeenHollywood: How would you spend a typical Saturday night?

Michelle: I try and go out and party. In New York all of my friends
are there, and I can still party like nothing, but I still have to
wait in line like everybody else. I'm not that kind of person. I'm
not like, "I'm Michelle Rodriquez - let me in!" I know lots of people
who are like that. It's not me. I'm still the normal everyday person.
I go to Six Flags and go bungee cord jumping, I rollerblade. I relax.

TeenHollywood: Do you realize that your honesty is rare in Hollywood?

Michelle: I'm never going to change man. But to play this Hollywood
game, I've got to do things I don't want to do and it's not always so
fun. Sometimes you have to go to Hollywood parties which you really
don't want to, so you won't be forgotten by certain people. And it's
not because these people are wrong in any way. They are a part of a
world you have to adapt to. Because it's their world, and not mine,
it's hard.

TeenHollywood: But you are really stylin' today. What are you wearing?

Michelle; Bebe - I shop where everybody else does, man!

TeenHollywood: What's your natural high in life?

Michelle: Nature. I like climbing. Anything which involves heights
because I was always so scared. Anything that involves fighting my
fears, I enjoy.
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