Dawson has cited this part of her history when explaining how she learned that, "If you wanted something better, you had to do it all yourself." As a child, Dawson made a brief appearance on Sesame Street.
At age 15, she was subsequently discovered on her front-porch step by photographer Larry Clark and Harmony Korine, where Korine lauded her as being perfect for a part he had written in his screenplay that would become the controversial 1995 film Kids.
(born May 9, 1979) is an American actress, producer, singer, comic book writer, and political activist.
She made her feature film debut in the 1995 independent drama Kids.
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According to the report, an inside source claims that the two longtime friends did not want their relationship to be leaked out to the public since Chris Rock was still married to his wife of 19 years at the time.
She went on to star in varied roles, ranging from independent films to big budget blockbusters including Rent, He Got Game, and Men in Black II.
She is also featured on the track "She Lives In My Lap" from the second disc of the Out Kast album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, in which she speaks the intro and a brief interlude towards the end.
For her role in Rent, Dawson won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture; for her role in Top Five, she was nominated for the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in a Comedy.
Dawson currently portrays Claire Temple in five of the Marvel/Netflix series: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders. Her mother, Isabel Celeste, is a writer and singer of Puerto Rican and Cuban ancestry.