From “Sin City” to “Seven Pounds,” Rosario Dawson has made a habit of playing dramatic roles throughout her career. But this summer the 32-year-old beauty gave her comedic chops a chance to shine in “Zookeeper,” which hit theaters last week. Dawson told CBS she connected with the script immediately, and decided to break out of her comfort zone and give comedy a shot.
“I think so much with comedy is confidence and timing. And you have to have the right project to try it out in,” Dawson said. “So I was really grateful to get this job and be able to work with Kevin James. I love to challenge myself and try on new things and I was so stoked to do this. I believed in it and I think the movie’s great!”
Not only is Dawson heading into new territory with a comedy, but the actress is also working with animals for the first time. She plays a veterinarian in the film, and shot several of her scenes with various furry co-stars.
“Playing a veterinarian and having to work with these different trainers and work with these animals and get to know their personalities, it was just a revelation about how much work goes into a film like this,” Dawson said. “Somehow it all comes together in this amazing symphony. It’s really incredible to watch.”
In addition to Dawson and James, the film also features the voices of Cher, Adam Sandler, Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte, and Judd Apatow.
Take a look at Ms. Dawson’s journey from drama to comedy, and everything in between.