Rosario Dawson opens her heart and tells t5m about some of the moments which have changed her life and her perspective. ‘It’s watching my godson’s birth, from my friend who’d I known since I was 11 years old…suddenly I felt, on a higher degree, I have to be very successful. I have to take care of things because of the next eighteen years, of that kid’s life, I’m going to be there whether he wants it or not.’
It was a combination of this life altering moment combined with getting older that Rosario suddenly felt a shift in her priorities.
Giving an honest account of her feeling at the time, she admits that approaching 30 she realised there were still a lot of things she was yet to learn. ‘I suddenly understood that there were a lot of things that I didn’t know, and I understood on a deeper level I didn’t know even what I didn’t know.’
This lead the actress and producer to pursue answers and go back to her roots, recalling quality time spent with her grandmother – something she hadn’t done in many years.
In essence, this soul searching brought home to her how time is of the essence and what you do in this life is what matters. ‘I think it’s Orson Wells who says I put my genius in my life and my talent in my work and unless you’re going to do it to that level then I don’t see what the point is at all.’ This down-to-earth East Side girl is far from a material girl.