Michelle Rodriguez's 38th birthday is upon us and there is no doubt she is still in her prime. The actress has proven time and again through her roles that she is someone you would never want to mess with. She cannot help but be the tough and empowering female inspiration, who continually proves that she is a total bad a$s with plenty of sass.
Why else would Demi Lovato choose her to feature in her "Confident" music video? Hint: It's because the actress can intimidate you with just her stare. In chronological order, here are ten of Michelle's most classic Rodriguez-esque movie roles.
1. Girlfight (2000)
In her first ever role, Rodriguez played the lead as a troubled Brooklyn-native teen named Diana Guzman. As an outlet for her aggression, Diana trains to become a boxer regardless of her father, her trainer, and other males who disapprove of a woman in their sport.
2. 3 A.M. (2001)
Rodriguez plays one of three cab drivers haunted by their past. Working the graveyard shift can be a dangerous job, and when a serial killer has it in for taxi drivers, it makes it all the worst. Rodriguez ends up shooting someone, proving once again that messing with her is an even more dangerous task that driving cabs.
3. The Fast and the Furious Franchise (2001-2017)
In this epic ongoing franchise, Rodriguez started out as Letty, Dom Toretto's lover and partner in crime. In describing his perfect woman, Dom said: "It starts with the eyes. She's gotta have those kind of eyes that can look right through the bullshit, to the good in someone. 20% angel, 80% devil. Down to earth. Ain't afraid to get a little engine grease under her fingernails." That sounds like Michelle, all right.
4. Resident Evil (2002) / Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
In yet another respected franchise, Rodriguez plays a key role as Rain Ocampo. Her character works for the Umbrella Corporation special forces commando unit in the original Resident Evil film. Rain and the other operatives were sent down to shut the Red Queen down and to contain the infection during the outbreak in The Hive... Because nothing can scare away Michelle Rodriguez.
5. Blue Crush (2001)
Rodriguez plays Eden, the best friend and fellow surfer of Kate Bosworth's role, Anne Marie Chadwick. Anne Marie falls for a guy and loses sight of her own dreams, but luckily she's got a tough Eden on her side who never lets her friend lose sight of her worth, passion or drive.
6. S.W.A.T. (2005)
Rodriguez has proven she can handle a gun at this point, so she was the obvious choice to play a member of a S.W.A.T. team that must prevent a notorious drug kingpin from breaking out of prison. You're gonna want Michelle's phone number and put it on speed dial ASAP because she'll get you out of any emergency situation.
7. BloodRayne (2005)
On that note, Rodriguez plays a guardian in the 18th century in this video game movie adaptation. Moving on from guns, she's now acquired sword-fighting skills because she needed one more asset for intimidation purposes.
8. The Breed (2006)
In this horror movie, Rodriguez doesn't play your standard victim. She confronts her enemies with her famous [email protected] stare before blowing them up to save her friends. Is she ever vulnerable?
9. Avatar (2009)
Even when she is the victim, she still isn't a victim. Rodriguez stayed tough till the very end in the legendary movie Avatar. She doesn't give in without a fight and does the bravest move of all: sacrificing herself for the greater good. Oh, Rodriguez, always showing everyone else up. We only love her more for it.
10. Machete (2010) / Machete Kills (2013)
In this franchise, Michelle plays Luz (a.k.a. Shé), a mobile fast food restaurant owner and the leader of an illegal immigrant aid movement known as the Network. She aids Machete, a former Mexican "Federal" who is injured and on the run. Who else would you run to other than Michelle Rodriguez?