Yalitza Aparicio

Yalitza Aparicio

Mexican, Actress
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Yalitza Aparicio

Yalitza Aparicio Martínez ( born 11 December 1993) is a Mexican actress. She made her film debut as Cleo in Alfonso Cuarón's 2018 drama Roma, which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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Full name at birth
Yalitza Aparicio Martínez
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Claim to fame
Cleodegaria "Cleo" Gutiérrez in "Roma", First Indigenous Mexican actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress
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Date of birth
11 December 1993
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Place of birth
Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Age
27
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Actress, Teacher, Social Media Personality
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5' 5" (165 cm)
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Weight
130 lbs (59.0 kg)
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  • Oval face shape
  • Buxom physique
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Adriana Caballero from dosD3 PR Agency
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[Cleo] reminded me of my mom. When Alfonso told me about Libo's past and how she was part of his family, I remembered my mom's job and how the children that she took care of value her.
  • Nominated for a 2019 Academy Award in the Best Actress in a leading Role category for her role as Cleo in Roma (2018) but lost to Olivia Colman for The Favourite (2018).
  • First Indigenous Mexican actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
  • Preschool teacher turned Oscar-nominated actress.
  • Speaks so little English that when she appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003), Jimmy's sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez had to act as her interpreter during the entire interview (Dec. 19, 2018).
  • Yalitza had been studying to be a teacher and had just graduated when the acting opportunity arose related to Roma (2018). As she had 6-8 months to wait for her test results, she opted to blindly accept the role of Cleo at the suggestion of her very pregnant sister who had to bow out. She knew nothing about the film industry stature of fellow Mexican Alfonso Cuarón at the time. Without any acting experience whatsoever, Yalitza landed the part of Cleo over 110 other prospective actresses who'd been auditioning over a one-year casting period for director Cuarón.

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