Actress Rosie Perez campaign encourages women to rise above woes

Miami, Nov 23 (EFE).- American actress Rosie Perez is heading a campaign in which she encourages women to be courageous, raise themselves up and keep going even though they're dealing with some hard times in their lives.

"Though there are dark, difficult times in life, you can get help and pull through them. It's a rough process, but I can tell you that you can get beyond the problems and that life is good," the actress nominated for Oscar and Emmy awards told Efe during a telephone interview.

The actress, who is a choreographer as well and who is dedicated to community activism and social causes, had some tough challenges during her childhood and "moments of great difficulty and need," which, she said, could be overcome because she found people who helped her pick herself up and go on with her life.

"We have to give back what we receive. And that's where my love and passion for just causes and activism started, because I found help through social programs, teachers, neighbors and the community," said the actress, who was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents.

Perez, currently starring in the film "The Counselor," plans for February 2014 to publish a book in English entitled "Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)," which will recount part of her difficult youth, her later life and her beginnings as an actress.

Perez has teamed up with the Pine-Sol Products company in an online campaign called "When Life Gets Tough, Women Rise Above It," which celebrates all the noteworthy women who have gone through hard times of all kinds, but who have picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and managed to go ahead with their lives.