Rosie Perez made her debut as a cohost of The View alongside Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, and Nicolle Wallace, and we couldn’t be happier: For three decades, the New York City native has been a singular voice in entertainment. Here are some choice moments from Perez’s career that may offer a clue as to how she’ll do on the show, perhaps her biggest platform yet.
One of the coolest Soul Train line dancers.
Perez got her start as a dancer for Soul Train, which led to her choreographing music videos and the Fly Girls of In Loving Color. Watching a young Perez twist and turn down the line is about as fun as it gets. Maybe she’ll get the music going for The View?
Star of the opening credits to Do the Right Thing.
Who could forget the powerful opening credits to Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, in which Perez perfectly sets the tone for the energy of the film by dancing forcefully to Public Enemy all over a heat-red-lit Brooklyn sidewalk?
Gloria Clemente in White Men Can’t Jump.
A Jeopardy!-obsessed girlfriend to Woody Harrelson’s lead character, Perez all but stole the film.
She’s made many talk-show appearances worth watching, but her 1993 appearance on David Letterman’s show to refute marriage rumors was peak Perez.
Earning an Oscar nomination for Fearless.
Perez scored an Oscar nod for playing a character who survives a plane crash but loses her child—the film proved that the comedic actress also had serious chops for dramatic roles.
With Sandra Bernhard in “Comedians Walking & Getting Mani-Pedis.”
Bernhard and Perez together are an incredible meeting of brassy New York funny ladies—the two have a girl-talk moment in which they dish on LL Cool J and the annoyances of social media.
Marriage-equality freedom fighter.
Like any New Yorker worth her salt, Perez has long worn her politics on her sleeve. In what might be a window into how Perez will fare in the daily debates on The View, here she is campaigning for marriage quality in her own state.
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