The Mexican Yalitza Aparicio, who later this month to win the Oscar for best actress, didn’t really want a career as a movie star.
The 25-year-old Aparicio was on the point of teacher-to-be when her sister’s urged to audition for Alfonso Cuaróns film Roma, about a Mexican middle-class family and their maid Cleo.
Eventually, it was Aparicio from more than three thousand women chosen to take the role of Cleo to leave. “It’s fantastic,” says the actress about her experiences at The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m always very shy and it is still a wonder how I get over, I came. I get great messages from people and I am seen as an inspiration; they have the idea that it is possible to ever to play in a movie or on the cover of a magazine, regardless of their appearance.”
Herself was Aparicio, who is of indigenous descent, during her youth in Mexico, is often faced with racism. “I was discriminated against because of my skin color. When I was young, I was, for example, not accepted in some groups. Further, it is my mother’s housekeeper and looked at some of them down on her work. That was hard.”
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