Michelle Rodriguez

by ethnic on April 19, 2009

Birth Name: Mayte Michelle Rodriguez

Place of Birth: Bell, Texas, United States

Date of Birth: July 12, 1978

Ethnicity:
*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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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

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.

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

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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