Rosario Dawson in T Magazine

You grew up on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and you were 15, sitting on your stoop, when the director Larry Clark asked you if you wanted to be in a movie. That movie was ‘‘Kids.’’ Had you wanted to be an actress?
Oh, no. I was going to finish high school. I wanted to study engineering or marine biology. That was my plan. ‘‘Kids’’ was a fluke — it’s only in the past couple of years that I haven’t been waiting for the hook that will pull me off the stage. Coming from my background, I certainly didn’t think this would last. My mother had me at 16, and I was raised by her. It’s crazy to look at early photos — my mom’s a baby with a baby. I don’t know my biological father — I grew up with my dad being the man my mom married when was 1. My biological dad came back when I was 4 years old. He said, ‘‘I don’t have anything to offer.’’ He made the decision to go back into the ether. I’ve made lame attempts to look him up, but the truth is, I’m not missing anything: I have so much family as it is.

Did your parents encourage you to act?
They encouraged me to be serious about the work. My family is a trip — they’re amazing, but they’re a case study unto themselves. My way of rebelling in life is to be conservative in my behavior because my mom is so radical. She’d go to P.T.A. meetings with a huge nose ring and I used to say, ‘‘Can’t you just wear the stud when you come up to school?’’

My mom told me so much about sex at an early age that she scared me: I didn’t have sex until was 20. I got into trouble at school because one of my friends said, ‘‘Lesbians do it with straws.’’ I said, ‘‘I can tell you how lesbians do it, and there are no straws involved!’’ But I think all that talk of sex put me off. The first time I had it, I think it was in a head-to-toe rubber. I was terrified of getting pregnant. My mom was planning to get an abortion when she was pregnant with me. She was at the clinic waiting for her appointment and she felt me move in her stomach. I always tell her it was probably gas. I thank God for gas.Rest of the interviews and photos from the shootCollapse )

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