Rosie Perez was just announced as one of the new co-hosts of The View, and how you feel about this might depend entirely on which Rosie Perez you know. Are you thinking of the tough-talking, Fly Girl-choreographing '90s actress with the thick Puerto Rican Brooklyn accent and dimples to die for? Or are you thinking of the smart-talking, memoir-writing, political activist with the thick Puerto Rican Brooklyn accent and dimples to die for?
We combed through clips of the White Men Can't Jump star, from her early club-kid days through her recent book tour to promote Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (With Great Hair), to paint a picture of the well-rounded woman about to take a seat next to Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, and fellow newcomer Nicolle Wallace.
Perez had been killing it in the New York night club scene when she took her booty-shaking talents to Soul Train in the late '80s.
With no thoughts of a performing career, Rosie went off to Los Angeles to study biochemistry. But before she graduated, she decided to go back to New York. At her going away party, she crashed a "butt" contest hosted by Spike Lee. The director called it fate. And the result of that meeting was her star-making turn in 1989's Do the Right Thing. The opening dance sequence is mesmerizing.
... as is Rosie's Tina cursing a blue streak at Lee's Mookie in front of their son. NSFW!
Her misguided attempt at asserting her independence in this clip from White Men Can't Jump is as adorable as it is infuriating.
She certainly seemed to be playing up the cute-sexy factor in this 1993 interview with David Letterman. This is not the girl you'd expect to be talking politics one day.
So let's switch gears and see the more mature Rosie, in a serious ad for gay marriage in New York, back in 2010. We'll forgive the gratuitous use of "wack."
She's spent a lot of time working for AIDS awareness, protesting military testing in Vieques, and promoting arts education in the city. Here, she shares her perspective on gentrification in Brooklyn, where she still lives, with CNN's Piers Morgan:
Which Rosie Perez do you hope to see when she takes her spot on The View couch?
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