Meet Yalitza Aparicio: 5 Things You Should Know About The Star Of ‘Roma'

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Yalitza Aparicio during the premiere of the Netflix movie Roma at Cineteca Nacional on December 18, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images For NETFLIX)

The Mexican debutant in Alfonso Cuaron’s acclaimed film is captivating Hollywood and people around the world. Here are five facts you should know about Yalitza Aparicio:

1. She was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, in Mexico and she was an elementary school teacher before she was cast in the emotional film.

2. She had never acted before 'Roma'! Aparicio plays a live-in housekeeper to a middle-class Mexican family — with four children, a mother and largely absentee father — in the 1970s.

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3. Paying tribute to her mother in the film led to a life-changing experience.

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“At first, this was an opportunity to pay tribute to my mother for her work. She too is a housekeeper, but now I realize this film is an opportunity to show all domestic workers the importance of their role within a family unit,” Aparicio said.

4. The actress had an speech impairment and began speaking fluently when she was seven.

5. Aparicio’s cover in Vogue México may be one of the first times the magazine has put a woman with indigenous features on its cover.