Five Things About

Génesis Rodríguez

1 The similarities with Phil Collins and co end at her distinctive first name (thankfully). Miami-born Rodríguez is a feisty 24-year-old actress, fluent in English and Spanish. Me gusta.

2 Performance is in her blood as her father, José Luis Rodríguez, has acted in telenovelas, and been a hugely successful Venezuelan recording artist since 1974. And his nickname is “El Puma”; frankly reason enough to marry into the family.

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3 She’s a big deal on Telemundo, the US television network that broadcasts in Spanish. Génesis has starred in Prisionera as a girl whose mother is wrongly jailed for the murder of her rapist father. In Dame Chocolate, she is a young woman from rural Mexico who goes to Miami to work in confectionery.

4 She’s making waves in English-language TV, too, appearing in daytime soap Days of Our Lives and three episodes of Entourage. Cinema beckons; in thriller Man on a Ledge, she’s a cat-suited jewel thief rubbing shoulders with Avatar star Sam Worthington.

5 She’s not just an Hispanic sex-bomb; Rodríguez trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, whose luminaries include Marlon Brando, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Whoever they are.

Man on a Ledge is out now