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From movie star, activist to social entrepreneur, Rosario Dawson, continues to leave her mark on the world with a new clothing collection

The actress got candid with HOLA! about her new projects, challenges, family memories and relationship with Senator Cory Booker


Rosario Dawson, the 41-year old, Puerto Rican/Afro-Cuban actress and activist invited HOLA! to spend a very special day with her, in a very loving setting surrounded by family and friends. Rosario opened up to us about her childhood memories and of her grandmother, her recent challenges, and her passion for her social enterprise, Studio 189, which she co-founded with her friend Abrima Erwiah.

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The photoshoot took place at the beautiful N.J. home of her friend Jerry Duplessis, the Haitian musician and producer, and bass guitarist for the Fugees. They share a close friendship, and along with her mom’s presence, made the interview feel like a warm family gathering, filled with dancing and laughter, which is something her mom missed during these Covid-19 times.

Rosario Dawson©Hola
Photographer: Jesus Cordero | Fashion stylist: Jason Rembert | Look: Studio 189 | Makeup: Shanell | Hair stylist: Zoe Verdejo | Behind the scenes video and music: Jalen James

This day was also very significant and emotional, as it marked the 10th anniversary of Rosario’s grandmother‘s passing. Both Rosario and her mom talked about her (Mami and Mima) throughout the photoshoot and expressed their deep love for her. Her mother, Isabel Celeste mentioned how proud her mother would be of Rosario’s success as a Latina in the film industry, with all her work as an activist, and now with her new clothing line for social change that will empower communities through education and training.

“Today is a beautiful day. We celebrate my mother‘s transition and today is 10 years of missing her and honoring her and supporting her. I’m really happy HOLA! is doing this. It is a Portada Latina and Mami was a very proud latina!” - Isabel Celeste
Rosario Dawson©Jesus Cordero
Photographer: Jesus Cordero | Fashion stylist: Jason Rembert | Look: Studio 189 | Makeup: Shanell | Hair stylist: Zoe Verdejo | Behind the scenes video and music: Jalen James

Tell us about your childhood and your best childhood memories.
Seems like from a young age, you felt the need to express yourself and always stand by what is right, what do you think molded your personality and what event or moment in your life do you believe made a huge impact and shaped your ideas of today?
“I will forever be grateful to have captured that special moment on film with HOLA. My grandmother was a force to be reckoned with.” - Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson©Hola
Photographer: Jesus Cordero | Fashion stylist and look: Jason Rembert | Makeup: Shanell | Hair stylist: Zoe Verdejo | Behind the scenes video and music: Jalen James

Let’s talk about two very important people in your life. Your mom and brother! What are your relationships with them like?
What was your first experience with acting?

Rosario Dawson©Jesus Cordero
Photographer: Jesus Cordero | Fashion stylist: Jason Rembert | Look: Studio 189 | Makeup: Shanell | Hair stylist: Zoe Verdejo | Behind the scenes video and music: Jalen James


How do you channel your energy? The energy that makes Rosario Dawson transform into an empowered woman that battles the world of acting and in your role as an activist?
How did your love story with Cory Booker begin?
We all went through difficult moments during the pandemic, and we learned a lot. What is the biggest lesson you had during these complex times?
Rosario Dawson©Jesus Cordero
Photographer: Jesus Cordero | Fashion stylist and look: Jason Rembert | Makeup: Shanell | Hair stylist: Zoe Verdejo | Behind the scenes video and music: Jalen James
“What is your life really but a reflection of your time -- and what I would like my time to show is that I spent it connecting with the people closest to me and that we supported each other to be happy and healthy. The present truly is a gift.” - Rosario Dawson

Let’s talk about your passion for fashion and your very special social enterprise. Tell us a bit.
And what can you share regarding your upcoming TV and movie projects? The Water Man has been recently released in theaters…

Rosario Dawson©Jesus Cordero
Photographer: Jesus Cordero | Fashion stylist and look: Jason Rembert | Makeup: Shanell | Hair stylist: Zoe Verdejo | Behind the scenes video and music: Jalen James
“Studio 189 is focused on being a conscious, ethical, sustainable, no waste, fashion brand that upcycles, recycles, supports regenerative farming and is firmly rooted in defining fashion as an agent of social change.” - Rosario Dawson

Tell us what is next for Rosario Dawson, politics or continue with your journey as an entrepreneur?

Credits:

  • Photographer: Jesus Cordero
  • Fashion stylist: Jason Rembert
  • Makeup: Shanell
  • Hair stylist: Zoe Verdejo
  • Behind the scenes video and music: Jalen James
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