Rosie Perez talks about the very first time she met Tupac Shakur and why she knew the two would click and become great friends.
Appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, actress Rosie Perez was asked about her good friend, the late Tupac Shakur. During the interview, Rosie revealed how she knew her and Tupac would end up being great friends. It was also Rosie’s fondest memory of Tupac.
“I was a chorographer and he was a rapper/background dancer for Digital Underground,” Rosie explains. In the early nineties, Tupac and Rosie would meet for the very first time. Perez was on tour as choreographer for Heavy D and Tupac with Digital Underground.
“It was us on the tarmac cracking up, just telling jokes, left and right as we’re carrying everyone else’s bags,” Perez said. That was the best time. That’s when we knew we were going to be friends.” From there on Rosie Perez also realized Tupac was not like others in the industry. Perez was always around those who was hitting on her at every opportunity.
From there, the Tupac asked what Rosie was doing later that day telling her that he would come by her hotel room. Remembering back to when Tupac arrived, Rosie Perez said that he surprised her further by reading a poem that he wrote.
“He came by my hotel room, and I wasn’t nervous, Rosie said during an interview with the New York Times back in 2020. “He lay down on the bed and pulled out a notebook and goes, ‘I wrote this poem. I want you to see if you like it.’ He started reciting the poem, and I was like, ‘Yo, that’s good. You’re going to write a book of poetry.’ And he goes, ‘I’m gonna be bigger than a book.’ I was like, ‘I know that’s right.'”
Spending the whole day together, Tupac and Rosie ordered room service and watched old movies. After ‘Pac smoked the hotel room out, Rosie Perez became concerned that they would get arrested. “I had a full-blown anxiety attack that we were going to get arrested, he couldn’t stop laughing at me, called me a cornball”, Perez said. Rosie Perez also stated that she shared her childhood with 2Pac that day. “I didn’t share my childhood with anybody, ever, and I shared it with him that day.”