rosie perez*Rosie Perez is one of those actresses in the industry that can tell it like it is. Beginning her acting career on a Brooklyn stoop with Spike Lee, she’s brought flavor, fire and fierce to femininity in the film industry.

Now she’s the face of Pine Sol’s Women Rise Above It movement to empower women all over the country, encouraging them to share their stories of how they rose above adversity.

The actress is one of those women, who like many, deal with challenging seasons in their lives. But finding the strength to persevere to through to the end of the spell and recover is another feat.

“I was in the child welfare system. It took many years to get out and during my time there were a lot of dark days. Those things stay with you,” she shares. “You find a peace and maturity within yourself to overcome them.”

Sometimes Rosie’s apparent tough exterior frightens the meek. But don’t get her wrong; she’s just a confident woman and knows what she wants.

“I was always a strong confident person, even as a child. And that’s the thing, a lot of women are. They’re just presented with certain challenges. Dealing with those situations takes time and a lot of soul searching. I always knew I was going to be successful.”

Rosie will be sharing her story in her soon-to-be-released book, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair).”

She shares the journey from a harrowing life as a young woman to becoming a woman with big dreams and huge success.

Well seasoned and accomplished, Rosie’s got not regrets about telling the world about her past. She says throughout her years in Hollywood, she’s learned so much and matured; she ain’t got time for the haters or the sympathetic. Now, Rosie’s ready to tell her story because she’s confident enough to stand behind it without flinching or barking back.

“People are prejudice against poverty. I did not want anyone’s pity. When I was younger, if you responded to me in that way, I would get angry and defensive. And the industry could be very, very cruel … exploit a person. I guarded my past in privacy and took my time to heal and grow.”

The book will be available in February but is up for pre-sale on Amazon.com.

Rosie currently stars in Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor,” a film about a lawyer who gets involved in a drug trafficking ring.

Ladies who want to tell their story of empowerment and enter for a chance to win great prizes, visit www.Womenriseaboveit.com.