Entertainment Movies Rosario Dawson on Moving In with Cory Booker: It's a 'New Chapter in My Life' Rosario Dawson talks to PEOPLE about moving in with Sen. Cory Booker, and opens up about the "amazing" road trip she took with her father to start her new life in New Jersey By Salina Tsegai Salina Tsegai Instagram Editorial Intern, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines and Janine Rubenstein Janine Rubenstein Instagram Twitter Janine Rubenstein is Editor-at-Large at PEOPLE and host of PEOPLE Every Day podcast, a daily dose of breaking news, pop culture and heartwarming human interest stories. Formerly Senior Editor of music content, she's also covered crime, human interest and television news throughout her many years with the brand. Prior to PEOPLE she's written for Essence, The Cape Times newspaper and Los Angeles Magazine among others. On-screen Rubenstein can be found featured on shows like Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight and she routinely hosts PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly's star-studded Red Carpet Live specials. Follow the San Francisco native, Black Barbie collector and proud mom of two on Instagram and Twitter @janinerube People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 26, 2021 03:19 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Araya Doheny/Getty Rosario Dawson's big move to New Jersey with Sen. Cory Booker started off with a meaningful road trip with her father. In the latest issue of PEOPLE, the actress, 42, talks about her move to Newark with the New Jersey senator, 52, and how her father accompanied her on the journey down to the Garden State. "It was an amazing adventure," The Mandalorian star tells PEOPLE. "My family are all in New York. It felt really beautiful and good to start a new chapter of my life in the driver's seat." Dawson drove 3,000 miles in a 29-ft. RV with her father Greg, who's battling pancreatic cancer. Rosario Dawson, Tara Reid and Rachael Leigh Cook Reunite for Josie and the Pussycats' 20th Anniversary Magnus Sundholm/Shutterstock Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson Have Been 'Working on Cooking Together a Lot More,' He Says In September 2019, Dawson opened up to PEOPLE about her father's battle with cancer, and said she was spending some much needed time with him while working. "My dad has cancer right now, I've been leaving every other weekend for his chemo treatments," Dawson told PEOPLE, who at the time was filming for the USA Network series Briarpatch. "Yesterday we were filming and they worked it out so I could go home just an extra couple hours so I could be with my dad, and then do my screening, then come over here." Dawson officially moved to Newark to live with Booker last summer, and joked about her adopted home as a New York native even though her boyfriend "gets upset" whenever she pokes fun at the state. "New Yorkers appreciate New Jersey because you have a great view of New York," she quipped. Want to get the biggest stories from PEOPLE every weekday? Subscribe to our new podcast, PEOPLE Every Day, to get the essential celebrity, entertainment and human interest news stories Monday through Friday. She and Booker, who met at a fundraiser in 2018, are getting used to sharing a Newark home: "This is the first time in my life I've really lived with somebody, and obviously Rosario and I are enjoying and adjusting to that," Booker told BuzzFeed last fall. Speaking on her relationship with the Booker, The Water Man actress tells PEOPLE she's thrilled to have a boyfriend as devoted to human rights causes as she is. Dawson is on the board of Vote Latino, which works to register voters, and she cofounded the clothing line Studio 189, which is based in Ghana and supports education and skills training there. "To have a partner in justice, as I like to say, is just so beautiful," she said.