Michelle Rodriguez: I Can’t “Last More Than Six Months” In A Relationship, Don’t Want To “Sacrifice” Career To Have Kids
Michelle Rodriguez sheds light on her flings with Zac Efron and Cara Delevingne in a new Interview feature. Though the star never mentions her famous exes by name, she candidly speaks about her all-over-the-place personality, and how it has prevented her from having a long-term relationship and starting a family.
Rodriguez is interviewed for the piece by her Resident Evil co-star Milla Jovovich, who is currently pregnant with her second child. Jovovich asks Rodriguez about potentially becoming a mother herself, and the Fast & Furious star admits she’s not thrilled with the idea. “I do what I want, when I want, how I want, and because of that, it has taken me so long to grow into an adult human being. I wouldn’t want to sacrifice the last years that I have of being youthful in this business to have kids,” she explains.
Rodriguez goes on, “I’m 36, Milla. It’s been 15 years since I was the lead in my own feature, in Girlfight. So I haven’t done what I came here to do. I’m just kind of fiddling around. I haven’t even been born yet. I’ve been part of really big things that are amazing, but I haven’t taken on that responsibility yet. So I don’t want to sell myself short by having a kid and then regret not doing what I set out to do.”
Still, Rodriguez admits that there’s another aspect holding her back beside her career. “I’m a lone wolf. I run by myself on most things. I’ve got lots of really great friends, but the thought of being in a long-lasting relationship?” she says. “Psh, I couldn’t last more than six months with somebody, let alone have a father figure around for a kid. I mean, if I could give a kid a father figure, that would be amazing.”
“I just want that unconditional love, the kind you get with a family member. You might get lucky enough to find that unconditional love in a friend or a lover, but it’s very rare,” says the actress. “So if I ever have a kid, it’d be so that I could look in those eyes and know that this child is a piece of me and will love me the same way I love, but I think that’s selfish of me.” She further notes, “I have absolutely nothing consistent in my life. But that’s where serendipity comes in and I love that. One day I’m going to have to sacrifice that to bring life into the world. But the more I can hold off on that, the happier I’ll be. It’s scary for me.”
Jovovich points out that many seem to be interested in Rodriguez’s sexuality, and asks if it bothers her. “I’ve always been and will always be very private about my personal life. If anything ever goes public, it is by default, because I happened to be in a place where I was being watched,” she replies, perhaps referring to her heavily-photographed romances with Efron and Delevingne. “But for the most part, I honestly don’t care what people think. I never have. If I did, I’d probably present myself a little more carefully.”
Rodriguez, who cops to writing erotic stories as a kid and jokes that she’s going to “play with myself” after their phone chat, deems herself a “picky little b*tch” when it comes to choosing projects. “I hate everything. I say no to everything. That’s my problem. Maybe I’ve been sitting here with this gift and not using it appropriately,” she says, further wondering if her look has hurt her. “Maybe I exclude myself from [certain genres] by not getting dressed up often enough, by acting ghetto most of the time, and running around in sweats and Timberlands.”
The movie star also says her ethnicity plays a role. “People don’t like talking about it, but if you’re Spanish, you feel a weight. I don’t have much history — I’ve got Rosie Perez, Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno. That’s it. That’s the history of Latin women in Hollywood, really,” says Rodriguez. “I’m like, ‘Well, damn, that means that I have to carry a flag.’ I don’t have the freedom to just do anything, because I have the political weight of having this last name and my heritage. It’s not like I’ve transcended, Will Smith-style. It takes a lot to pull that off, to cross over, and transcend.”
“I’m like a f*cking onion, man; I’m always peeling. I never got attached to anything I was. I never fall in love with things that I believe in,” she sums herself up to Jovovich. “I always leave room for it to evolve into something else.” What do you think of Rodriguez’s comments?