Rosie Perez recently spoke with The New York Times about the first time she met 2Pac.
Actress Rosie Perez met 2Pac while on tour in the early nineties when working Heavy D’s choreographer. Working as a dancer with Digital Underground at the time, 2Pac struck up a friendship with Rosie Perez. This friendship lasted until his untimely death and Rosie even played a part in setting 2Pac up with Madonna.
In the interview with The New York Times, Rosie Perez details spending time with ‘Pac in her hotel room. One of the first things Rosie noticed was his smile, describing it as ‘wonderful’. As a young woman working in the music industry, she became accustomed to unwanted attention. Surprised that he wasn’t like others, hitting on her at every opportunity, Rosie felt that 2Pac gave her respect. Hearing about the unwanted attention that she received certainly made 2Pac unhappy.
From there, the Digital Underground dancer asked what Rosie was doing later that day telling her that he would come by her hotel room. Remembering back to when 2Pac arrived, Rosie Perez said that he surprised her further by reading a poem that he wrote. Just before he became a dancer with Digital Underground, the young 2Pac met educator Leila Steinberg in Marin City. He attended her writing workshop where he started writing poems filled with his emotions, struggles and hope.
Rosie said, “He came by my hotel room, and I wasn’t nervous. He lay down on the bed and pulled out a notebook and goes, “I wrote this poem. I want you to see if you like it.” He started reciting the poem, and I was like, “Yo, that’s good. You’re going to write a book of poetry.” And he goes, “I’m gonna be bigger than a book.” I was like, “I know that’s right.”
Spending the whole day together, 2Pac and Rosie ordered room service and watched old movies. After ‘Pac smoked the hotel room out, Rosie Perez became concerned that they would get arrested. “I had a full-blown anxiety attack that we were going to get arrested, he couldn’t stop laughing at me, called me a cornball”, she said. Furthermore, Rosie Perez states that she shared her childhood with 2Pac that day. “I didn’t share my childhood with anybody, ever, and I shared it with him that day.”