Rosario Dawson: 'I Was a Virgin Until I Was 20!'

Rosario Dawson: 'I Was a Virgin Until I Was 20!'
Rosario Dawson
Sheryl Nields

09/03/2014 AT 07:50 PM EDT

Rosario Dawson may be a Hollywood sex symbol today, but the actress says she was anything but growing up.

"I was an awkward teenager. I went stag to my prom. I was a virgin until I was 20 years old!" the Cosmo for Latinas covergirl reveals in the Fall 2014 issue.

"My mother was raising five kids on her own, I wasn't just going to sit back and be a horny teenager and continue some cycle of teenage pregnancy – I wanted more opportunities."

And she got them, although her confession ironically runs in opposition to the role that made her famous, playing a sexually active teen in Kids.



But the 35-year-old Sin City: A Dame to Kill For actress – whose organization Voto Latino, which encourages young Latinos to vote and be involved in politics, is celebrating its 10th anniversary – does admit she "loves romance."

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Rosario Dawson on the cover of Cosmo for Latinas Fall 2014 issue

Sheryl Nields

"I'm a touch person, I love intimacy … I love men!" she tells Cosmo for Latinas, which hits newsstands Tuesday. "I would love to fall deeply in love with someone, but at the same time it's not my everything."

What does it take to make Dawson fall deeply in love?

"For me, it's about forethought," she says. "For my 25th birthday, my then-boyfriend prepared a beautiful bath for me. He put flowers and a bunch of little candles everywhere. He was crazy busy, and he knew I loved a great bath!"

Adds Dawson: "I remember it was so small but it was so special to me because he thought it through."

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