A good salute to the still-ascending career of Rosario Dawson, whose list of credits is both longer and more varied than I'd realized. Favorite Dawson roles: 25th Hour, Death Proof, and Unstoppable. Dawson will soon appear in the promising Danny Boyle film Trance.
The story of Rosario Dawson's discovery speaks to her enduringly cool credibility as an actress. A New York native who grew up in Manhattan's Lower East Side, Dawson had only a Sesame Street appearance under her belt when she was spotted, on her stoop, by budding director Larry Clark, who, at the urging of then-fledgling screenwriter Harmony Korine, went on to cast her in Kids. She was 15.