Rosa Maria “Rosie” Perez (born Sep­tem­ber 6, 1964) is an Amer­i­can actress, dancer, chore­o­g­ra­ph­er, direc­tor and com­mu­ni­ty activist. Perez was born in Brook­lyn, New York, in the neigh­bor­hood of Bush­wick, to Puer­to Rican par­ents: Rosie was born to Lydia Perez; her father is Ismael Serrano,a mer­chant marine sea­man. She was trans­ferred to a group fos­ter home at age 8. Because of prob­lems in her life, Perez end­ed up hav­ing a speech imped­i­ment. She even­tu­al­ly moved in with an aunt. She attend­ed Grover Cleve­land High School, which is locat­ed in Ridge­wood, in the New York City bor­ough of Queens, and Los Ange­les City Col­lege in Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia.