Rosario Dawson was looking for a change of scenery and a new home, but couldn’t decide between a couple of different cities. So, she picked both.
“I’m moving to Vegas and London in the next couple of months,” the actress and current Los Angeles resident said Thursday at the Latino Leaders Network luncheon in Washington, D.C., part of the Hispanic Heritage Awards.
Dawson, 28, who founded a get-out-the-vote organization called Voto Latino, attended the luncheon with her mother and grandmother. Afterward, all three were set to jet back to L.A. “They’re going to help me pack,” Dawson explained.
Why London, first of all?
“It’s an incredible hub,” Dawson explained. “I’m going to be right next to the Paris train. I love it. I’m a big traveler. I can get to Rome in two hours. And Scotland and Ireland.” Plus, she added, “I feel like it’s time to live outside the country.”
Well, not completely outside. Dawson is also drawn to Las Vegas. “My friend is hooking me up,” she said. “My brother said he would live out there if I got an apartment.”
But it’s politics, not the party scene, that attracts Dawson to Sin City. The presidential caucus there has been moved up, she points out, and is now slotted between Iowa and New Hampshire, giving it newfound power. “It’s an up-and-coming state!” she says.
Still, no matter how much she travels, or how many cities she lives in, Dawson says she’ll never be that far from family.
“The Latino community is about the family,” she says. “You can get really lost, and you lose touch. But if you’re with your family, they can say, ‘Come on, I changed your diapers.’ ”
Wilmer Valderrama, who served as the keynote speaker, joined Dawson at the Latino Leaders Network luncheon.
He told the crowd: “As a fellow Latino and a fellow citizen of the U.S., it is an incredible pleasure to have a platform to tell you … you are entitled to reinvent the wheel.”