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Yalitza Aparicio Admits Her Greatest Fear Is Speaking In Public And Not Being Able To Express Herself Correctly

Fans of “Roma” actress Yalitza Aparicio might be surprised to learn that the 25-year-old Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca native has a very common fear that you wouldn’t expect an actress to have. Even though she comes off as a glamorous actress who has graced the cover of “Vogue” and been nominated for an Oscar, Aparicio is just a young woman who has normal fears like the rest of us.

At the TIME 100’s Gala, Aparicio admitted that she is afraid of “speaking in public” and not expressing herself correctly.

While walking the red carpet at the TIME 100’s Gala, Aparicio was asked what some of her fears are. As usual, Aparicio answered with her standard honesty and candidness. Aparicio spoke through her translator, who also happened to be “Roma” producer Gabriela Rodriguez

“Speaking in public, speaking in front of the camera and being fearful of not being able to express myself correctly,” was Aparicio’s response.

Aparicio had no acting experience before landing the role of Cleo in Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical Oscar-winning movie, so adjusting to the novelty of being the center of attention must’ve been challenging, to say the least.

When further asked about how she musters up the courage to face her fears head on, Aparicio insisted that it was a “process”.

“It took me time in the beginning when we were shooting the film,” she said. “It was day by day, and [it was the] same with the red carpets. In the beginning, it was a struggle and after I got used to it, it got better.”

Aparicio was attending the TIME 100 event because she had been named by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people of the year. “Roma” director Alfonso Cuaron himself wrote her tribute in TIME magazine, writing that Aparicio has the ability to “take any task that’s put in front of her and excel in ways no one thought possible”.

Aparicio was also celebrated for being a “force of change and empowerment for indigenous women” and for “embracing the symbolic value of what she has done” in the entertainment industry.

As for us, we appreciate Aparicio’s honesty when it comes to the challenges she’s faced since embarking on this new career path. It’s not often that we see celebrities embracing their vulnerability and getting real about what it takes to navigate fame when the world’s eyes are constantly watching. Aparicio’s willingness to share her inner life with her fans makes us love her even more.

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