If you ever wanted to get to know actress Rosario Dawson on a super intimate level, then put your headphones on. The Luke Cage star opened up on the Morado Lens podcast this week on her teenage daughter (whom she welcomed through adoption in 2014), grieving the death of her grandmother and cousin, and what the future of Hollywood looks like for women and young boys post the #MeTooMovement.
Ever since her breakout role in Kids, Dawson has been living a sort of bicoastal life but now that her daughter is in high school, she says she couldn’t feel happier to be settled in one place for a few years. Mamihood has also made her more self-aware admitting that she is making herself more accountable for her actions since she sees her daughter will emulate her instead of listening.
Dawson also said she had “really come into her own in the past few months” after realizing recently that she didn’t completely mourn the death of her grandmother. Who she says was the connection to her family and her “favorite person on the planet.” She was thankful her grandmother sacrificed just to be able to feed her kids. The untimely death of Dawson’s 26-year-old cousin has also made a huge impact on her as well.
“Whenever my moment comes, I wanna know that it’s been a good life. I don’t wanna be marinated in the trauma. Because there’s a lot to dwell on if I want to but there’s so much beauty and so much to be grateful for. And I don’t want to waste my time not being dedicated to that,” Dawson said.
As for the #MeTooMovement, Dawson admitted that unfortunately Hollywood didn’t surprise her at all. Having been abused at home, seeing abuse of power by men in the workplace was nothing foreign to her. But now that so many people have spoken up about their experiences, she has some hope for generations to come.
“Look at this insidious problem that we have everywhere. But now we are in a place where we don’t have to keep passing this on,” Dawson said.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Dawson dove into her spiritual and self-love journey that she says she is still on, how she is currently dealing with past trauma, giving up control, and random facts you probably won’t hear anywhere else. You can hear her full conversation here.
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