Sexual discovery? Rosario Dawson was a late bloomer

Oct 1, 2013 at 8:41 p.m. ET

For a teenage Rosario Dawson, sex was the last thing on her mind. The actress recently revealed why she held out to lose her V card.

Rosario Dawson Rosario Dawson has been in the film industry for nearly 20 years. Her career kicked off in 1995 with the groundbreaking movie, Kids. It was a controversial drama that showed teens dabbling in drugs and sex. Even though Dawson's character was one of the main perpetrators, her real life wasn't so sordid.

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The role of Ruby required Dawson to illustrate some risqué behavior. It was something her parents were only mildly concerned about. The actress told HuffPost Live, "With all the insanity that my character goes through, the only thing they cared about was not smoking."

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Dawson was 15 when she shot Kids, and wasn't really familiar with the subject matter. When it came to sex, she admits to being a late bloomer. "I didn't even have sex until I was 20," she said. Why did she wait so long? Dawson was well aware of the consequences that come along with hitting the sheets. She wanted to make sure she was absolutely ready.

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"My mom was a teenage mom," Dawson revealed. "I was deathly afraid of being a teenage mom." That fear was strong enough to curb any hormonal urges. Even though she and Ruby were like night and day, she understood her story. She grew up around teens who fit Ruby's profile. She used their experiences to fuel her performance.

Check out Dawson's interview below:

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