Rosario Isabel Dawson (born May 9, 1979) is an American actress. She made her film debut in the 1995 controversial teen drama Kids. Her subsequent film roles include He Got Game (1998), Men in Black II (2002), 25th Hour (2002), The Rundown (2003), Alexander (2004), Rent (2005), Sin City (2005), Clerks II (2006), Death Proof (2007), Eagle Eye (2008), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Unstoppable (2010), César Chávez (2013), Trance (2013), Top Five (2014) and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014).
For her role in Rent (2005), Dawson won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture; for her role in Top Five (2014), she was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. Dawson currently portrays Claire Temple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in five of the Marvel Television/Netflix series, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders (2017).
Dawson is involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club and supports other charities such as environmental group Global Cool, the ONE Campaign, Operation USA, Oxfam, Amnesty International, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, the International Rescue Committee, Voto Latino, and Stay Close.org, a poster and public service ad campaign for PFLAG where she is featured with her uncle Frank Jump. She has participated in the Vagina Monologues (she refers to her vagina as “The General”) and serves on the board for V-Day, a global non-profit movement that raises funds for women’s anti-violence groups through benefits of this play.
In October 2008, Dawson became a spokeswoman for TripAdvisor.com’s philanthropy program, More Than Footprints, Conservation International, Doctors Without Borders, National Geographic Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Save The Children. Also in October 2008, she lent her voice to the RESPECT! Campaign, a movement aimed at preventing domestic violence. She recorded a voice message for the Giverespect.org Web site stressing the importance of respect in helping stop domestic violence. In 2012 Dawson partnered with SodaStream International in launching the first annual Unbottle the World Day, a campaign conceived in an effort to raise awareness to the impact of cans and plastic bottles on the environment.