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‘Roma’ Star Yalitza Aparicio Says She Wants Everyone To Stop Aging Her

By this point, anyone with a Netflix account or just general access to the internet has an idea of Yalitza Aparicio. The newly minted actress and star of Netflix’s “Roma” has garnered various award nods including an Oscar nomination for best actress, stunned on red carpets and become the face of the progress and representation in Hollywood so many people of color have thirsted for.

In a recent interview with Teen Vogue, the actress from Tlaxiaco, Mexico spoke about her hopes to break barriers and stereotypes in films. 

Speaking about her desire to not be described as “the face of Mexico” Yalitza told the magazine that the country, like Latin America, is made of “very different sort of hues and characteristics.”

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“What I would like to see is for more of that diversity to be represented,” Aparicio explained. “For there to be more of those faces that you’d see and live within your day-to-day. For example, for me, growing up, I never got to see people who looked like me or like any other people that I grew up with. That, over time, made me lose interest in cinema and to really focus on things that I considered to be more like reality because everything that I saw in the film just seemed completely like fiction.”

On the various stereotypes, the actress would like to see mainstream media rid itself of, the actress said she wants a start with the portrayal of mothers.

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“Another thing that I really like about the movie is that you see a single mother, which was not something that’s looked upon very nicely, but you see the strength of that mother and her ability to survive. I think that’s also very valuable,” the actress said.

The actress revealed the film gives her quite a bit of hope for the future of Mexico City and how it is perceived.

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“For the people who are Mexican, that they don’t forget certain aspects of our history, and for people who are not Mexican, that they get to learn more about all the different languages and different landscapes that make up Mexico.”

Speaking honestly about the process of filming, Aparicio admitted that she caught stage freight on a few occasions.

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“There were many things. One of them was just being surrounded by cameras and trying to forget and not get so nervous, to be able to just act and do the things that were being asked of me. Something that I always forget to say in interviews is that I actually had to learn Mixteco. I don’t actually speak Mixteco. The person who taught Mixteco to me is Nancy [García], who plays Adela in the film. Because we didn’t have a script, we had to practice right before the shoot every day in how to pronounce it and how to get it right.”

On her Vogue Mexico cover, Aparicio says she was deeply moved by public reaction.

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“I wasn’t expecting how much happiness people expressed at seeing such a different face on the cover of something like Vogue México. A lot of people wrote to me and said to me that it really meant a lot to them to see that because they aspired to that and they didn’t think that they could do that. For me, the thing that means the most to me is giving people a sense that this is possible, that this opportunity would actually be something that could happen.”

Aparicio credited her mother for helping her develop the right presence for her role.

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“I would give my mom the credit for that. I think she really is the one who inculcated certain values like these in me. It goes back to my mom.”

Of course, Aparacio’s family is very excited about her success.

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“They’re very happy, and like myself, they’re very surprised to hear some of the things that are happening because they don’t know anything about this world. They just keep encouraging me to keep moving forward.”

In regards to the nonstop screenings and red carpets, Aparicio says she still grounded.

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“It has been overwhelming. A lot of actors who have a lot more experience than me come up to me and tell me that in fact my experience is a really overwhelming experience, that everything that’s happening is really big. I’m very aware of the fact that this might not happen again, so what I really try to do is ground myself in appreciating every moment and taking full advantage of what I can learn from every single moment I’m living through.”

Of course, the opportunity to wear established designs for the red carpets has been one huge perk from her view.

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“It’s very fun because I really sort of sometimes can’t get why they’re putting certain things on me or how they’re combining certain colors. Then I see the photographs, and I’m really taken aback by how great it all looks. It’s amazing to me because I’m not even good at combining colors.”

Speaking about her future in Hollywood, Aparacio admits she’s uncertain if she’ll continue acting.

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“At some level, yes, I do feel that responsibility and particularly toward people who look like me, a way in which I could continue to inspire them and give them the strength to keep doing what they’re doing. In that respect, I do feel a responsibility. Then also I feel like I discovered a love for acting that I’m still curious to see whether it’s something that I would deepen — [whether] it’s actually a love for acting, or whether it’s just an illusion that I’m living through at the moment.”

Surprisingly, the actress says that the first thing spent her big Roma check on was books.

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YA: The first thing that I did, because I was finally receiving an income, was buy a bunch of books. Now I can have some books that I’ve been wanting. The Lovely Bones — I bought that in Spanish. The Little Prince. One that’s called La Tregua in Spanish, a book by Mario Benedetti who’s a very well-known novelist.”

When it came time for Teen Vogue to do follow up questions with the star, they asked if there was anything else that she wanted to talk about and she said:

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“That I’m 25 and not 26 like some people are saying.”

LOL girl.


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Yalitza Aparicio Gave The Best Advice Ever On Plaza Sésamo

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Yalitza Aparicio Gave The Best Advice Ever On Plaza Sésamo

Growing up as a little brown girl, rarely (if ever) did I see a person that looked like me on TV. Sometimes, on Spanish-language programming, I’d see Latinas who had darker skin tones — but more often than not they were parodied versions of what white people assumed indigenous people to be. Unfortunately, those stereotypes are still with us today. However, thanks to Sesame Street, I did have a brown Latina role model that I could look up to, and that was Maria, played by the fantastic Sonia Manzano.

Now, another beautiful Latina — who was once unknown, but has captivated the world with her talent will do what Sonia once did for me.

Yalitza Aparicio made a special apperarence on Plaza Sésamo to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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Aparicio joined 3-year-old Muppet, Abby Cadabby, and the two had a lovely chat about believing in oneself, how imagination can help you achieve your dreams, and how to be persistent about your goals in life.

The brief segment began with Aparicio showing Abby on a globe all the places she’s been able to travel since the release of her Oscar-winning film “Roma.” Abby said in Spanish “when I grow up, I want to travel the world just like you!”

Aparicio said that she too dreamed of traveling the world when she was a little girl. Abby asked the Oscar-nominated actress what advice she had for her to make her dreams a reality, and Aparicio gave her the best response ever.

Aparicio advised Abby: “if you believe in yourself and work really hard, you’ll be able to accomplish all of your dreams.”

Then Aparicio told Abby to repeat the phrase over and over “if I can imagine it, I can accomplish it” so she never forgets how to reach all of her goals.

Now those are words to live by!

Click here to watch the segment.

READ: Netflix Posted Beautiful Throwbacks Of Yalitza Aparicio, Now #YalitzaChallenge Is A Thing

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Real-Life Domestic Workers Hope The Success Of ‘Roma’ Will Lead To Political And Cultural Change

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Real-Life Domestic Workers Hope The Success Of ‘Roma’ Will Lead To Political And Cultural Change

On Sunday, when Hollywood was celebrating the Oscars with various glitzy parties, everyday domestic workers from across the US were also reveling in the evening fun at an Academy Awards viewing party in honor of “Roma.”

During the event, held at the Jane club, dozens of domestic workers chanted “Roma! Roma! Roma!” and “Si se puede!” when the film, which picked up three awards, was mentioned. For the women, the Netflix movie, which documented the life of a live-in housekeeper in Mexico City, played by indigenous actress Yalitza Aparicio, was the first time they felt seen.

The event was organized by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and had the support of “Roma” director Alfonso Cuarón as well as actresses and activists Diane Guerrero, Eva Longoria, Tarana Burke, Rashida Jones, Dolores Huerta, Monica Ramirez, Karla Souza and Olga Segura.

“To see a story humanized, the role that a domestic worker has, has the impact that it’s had. The way that she is needed, not only by the children, but by the mother in this film. It’s important for us that we see that storytelling in the media,” Longoria, who celebrated with the women on the red carpet, told Forbes.

The event also used the success of the film to highlight the struggle of domestic workers throughout the world, including the US, and push for a federal domestic worker bill of rights.

“A living wage, $15 minimum wage, protections from sexual harassment, and other basic civil rights protections, as well as making sure they have an oversight board so if something goes wrong in their job they have someone they can take that to and get the safety and respect they need,” Jess Morales Rocketto, political director of the NDWA, told CBS.

At the party, the women, who were described as “the heroines in our homes,” received their own sparkly gold awards.

Organizers hope that the film and star-studded event are the start of a cultural shift where domestic workers are seen, heard, valued and respected.

Read: Indigenous Mexicans Were Able To Watch A Special Screening Of “Roma” In Their Native Language Of Nahuatl

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