Michelle Rodriguez

by ethnic on April 19, 2009

Birth Name: Mayte Michelle Rodriguez

Place of Birth: Bell, Texas, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 12, 1978

*Puerto Rican (father)
*Dominican Republic (mother)

Michelle Rodriguez is an American actress, DJ, and screenwriter. She is the daughter of Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, a native of the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, a Puerto Rican who served in the U.S. army. She has starred in the films The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, and S.W.A.T., among many others.

A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012) stated that Michelle’s genetic ancestry is:

*72.4% European
*21.3% African
*6.3% Native American

Michelle’s paternal grandfather was Juan Valerio Rodríguez González (the son of Zenón Rodríguez Vargas and Pilar González Cruz). Zenón was the son of Reyes Rodríguez and María Josefa Vargas López. Pilar was the daughter of Francisco González and Josefa Cruz Camacho.

Michelle’s paternal grandmother is the daughter of Juan Santiago Rodríguez and Juana Santiago Santiago. Michelle’s great-grandfather Juan was the son of Juan Santiago Pérez and Juana Rodríguez Vargas; Juana was the sister of Michelle’s great-grandfather Zenón Rodríguez Vargas, making Michelle’s paternal grandparents first cousins, once removed. Michelle’s great-grandmother Juana Santiago Santiago was the daughter of Loreto Santiago Rivera and María Higinia Santiago López.

Michelle’s maternal grandparents were Alfredo Pared (the son of Victoria Pared) and Sarah Espinal (the daughter of Hilario Piña Batista and Raymunda Espinal).

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Multiethnicchick May 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

Wow most people on this thread are really dumb and ignorant. First of all 25% would make someone a quadroon 21% is not equal to 25%. She’s just a smidgen over 1/5 black. Now of course she doesn’t look black. According to her admixture, neither of her parents are black. Chris Rock is 20% white and he doesn’t look white. The average latino has some African ancestry. This isn’t unusual. People quoting the one drop rule are either uninformed or racist. That rule shouldn’t be applied to anything since it was made up by racist supremacist. Zoe Saldana is not black latino, she is mixed latino. there are actual black latinos who are over 80% black. Zoe Saldana is likely no more than 55% black african.

Michelle Rodriguez is about as mixed as Jessica Alba who is only 1/4 native. While she could call herself mixed with over 25% admixture, she is mostly white.

Multiethnicchick May 7, 2017 at 11:37 am


midori29 June 8, 2017 at 3:54 pm

@multiethnicchick, I disagree with you. Zoe Saldana looks about 75% or more black. She looks like a black woman and she has repeatedly told the media she is black. I dont know what youre seeing but she does not look 55%black.

Samiiraa July 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm

@midori29 She said a few months ago on Sway I guess, that she wasn’t neither black or anybother race and that she hated to be labeled. So no, she doesn’t identify as black and she doesn’t look 75% black. 75% black is like Angela Basset or Gabrielle Union. Zoe is probably 45% African (with North African so actually around 40% West African), 50% Euro and 5% taína. Look at her mother who is mostly white.
Stop claiming every mixed women, it looks pathetic and desperate.
, Zoe isn’t black.


fuzzybear44 July 19, 2017 at 3:28 pm


I don’t know what she said on sway, but I have heard her say repeatedly that she was a black woman(in English and Spanish)

Samiiraa August 27, 2017 at 8:48 am

@fuzzybear44 I always watch her interviews and she is clear about the fact that she doesn’t want to be labeled but is proud of her Latin roots.
I believe you but she only said that to black media, and probably when she was only cast on AA movies.
“Black”, “white” these are American labels and these labels are a negation of reality. Zoe is mixed-race, that’s a fact.

fuzzybear44 August 28, 2017 at 12:35 am


Quote(I believe you but she only said that to black media, and probably when she was only cast on AA movies)

No she was talking to the Dominican press, in the DR. She clearly stated that she hated that they continuously ask her the same questions over and over. She says she’s a black woman, and they tell her no you’re just dark skin. Saying Zoe is mixed race, is no different than me being of multiethnic lineage . Neither one of us or pretty much anyone over here is a FGM

xoxo November 26, 2015 at 1:01 am

Her and Zac Efron looked good together, they shouldn’t have broken up.

lelo4 October 19, 2015 at 6:26 pm

African is obvious. Quadroon.

M July 27, 2015 at 5:32 pm

This bitch seemed disappointed when she found out she had some Black ancestry. She’s ugly and looks like man anyway, it’s not like Black people are quick to claim her ass.

cwm85 October 20, 2015 at 6:39 am

Actually she thought is was cool. She is 21 percent African. She was disappointed she had so much European ancestry and little native. Its all on Gates book. Good read the book before you make up lies about her reaction, dumb ass!

Kimmel May 23, 2016 at 11:06 pm

Wasn’t that Jessica Alba?

LucarioCooper December 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

M, you’re pathetic. Just pathetic.

cwm85 July 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

She is mostly a Spanish woman. Her African mixture tho significant isn’t enough for her to appear one parent is african. In fact her family was ashamed pf african heritage according to her.

mermaid_ May 28, 2015 at 1:19 am

Latinas are beautiful

Jello April 29, 2015 at 4:17 pm

She is born in the United States, which will make her black Hispanic according to the one drop rule and she has 21% of that drop. Most Dominicans are multiracial, but considered black Hispanics in the U.S.

M June 6, 2015 at 12:48 am

She looks nothing like a black person though. Most people in America see her as a Latina. She’s not like Zoe Saldana, people consider her a black Latina.

Multiethnicchick April 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

Wow people on here are stupid. 21% black isn’t that much. It’s not even technically one black grand parents

Girll April 14, 2015 at 12:56 am

Who is stupid? And well, she isn’t seen as white. Her African blood may be smaller but it’s obvious she isn’t full European.

jaimarai April 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm

More than likely her mother is probably half black and that’s where she get the 21% Black.

midori29 June 8, 2017 at 3:57 pm

Yes her mom would half to be half black for her to get nearly 1/4th black thats high.

thomas1987 April 30, 2015 at 3:24 am

Would you people say she is a castiza?
Castizas were considered white in colonial times.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 5:51 am

no, they weren’t.. they were considered castizo LOL hence the term.. if a castizo married a white person, their kids could be considered white though

midori29 June 8, 2017 at 3:56 pm

@multiethnichick you seem to have alot of issues and racism towards black people.

SpaniardIam April 4, 2015 at 9:33 am

She is mostly one spaniard girl with some blood Afro-Caribbean. She is beautiful anyway.

Capricious April 4, 2015 at 1:44 am

Very mestizo looking.

And since when is Puerto Rican an ethnicity?

Girll April 4, 2015 at 5:29 pm

She is mostly European with some African. The Amerindian heritage is very insignificant.

Capricious April 5, 2015 at 5:15 am

She is definitely more Amerindian/Mestizo than African.

I don’t see any African in her.

Girll April 5, 2015 at 5:26 am

She got a dna test(?) done and she is more African than Amerindian(72% European, 20% African, and 6% Native American)
Some Latin American people who are mostly European can be mistaken as mestizos if their African heritage isn’t too obvious in phenotype.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 5:54 am

Her African ancestry is clear lol… you might be thinking she looks Mestizo because of her Iberian ancestry.. remember her European ancestry is most likely that. So you associate Mestizos with Iberian ancestry as well and that’s why you think she looks Mestizo, but her African ancestry is way more obvious..

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