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.
With more and more people taking DNA tests, it’s no surprise that the Latinx community is celebrating their roots by honoring where they came from. What is also more surprising is that with these new indigenous discoveries, people are also giving back to the people and the land of their ancestors whether they are fourth and first generation.
One of those people is a very familiar face.
Yalitza Aparicio returned to her homeland of Oaxaca in a beautiful new campaign.
We have seen Aparicio working on various new advertisements, which some have raised eyebrows, but this one that celebrates her home and her people is one that we truly support.
The campaign is to promote Guelaguetza 2019, a festival in Oaxaca happening on July 22 and 29.
The festival celebrates all things Oaxacan. It’s also traditionally known as “Fiestas de Los Lunes del Cerro” and takes place on the last two Mondays of July.
The festival looks to be amazing!
According to the website, the event is already selling out. Guelaguetza is basically an event that highlights the culture and tradition of the Oaxaca people. Click here for more information.
The only question is, will Yalizta be there?
She may already be in Oaxaca. She wrote in a recent Instagram, “And how could I not to fall in love with this land that saw me being born, land of dreams, where in every corner, in every moment, you find colors that fill your soul.”
She’s such a poet!
While we continue to check her IMDB site to see if she’s starring in any new roles, the actress is still roaming the world. We know this because we stock her Instagram, and are constantly wanting to be transported to each and every place she goes.
Of course, it’s safe to assume that this one be the last time Yalitza will be showing love for Oaxaca.
The ‘Roma’ actress recently showed her support to her community last week when she visited her hometown of Colegio de Bachilleres de Oaxaca in Tlaxiaco to donate laptops to Mixteco students.
According to Excelsior, Yalitza, who was previously a teacher before her role in Roma, donated nine laptops to the school’s students.
Yalitiza Aparicio had quite a year in 2018. This amazing woman born and raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, went from living a private and quiet life to being in the spotlight after starring in the Oscar-winning film “Roma.” Soon after, Aparicio was being dressed by designers and walking the red carpet in Venice, Cannes and, of course, the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. All throughout her brush with fame, Yalitiza kept being her old self: a loving, selfless, sensitive woman — and that can be seen as far back as her first Instagram post.
Her first ever post on October 2, 2016, shows that she’s always been grateful for the little things.
…And that she likes chocolate and wine as much as the rest of us. She is thanking someone for these delicious Argentinian alfajores, a sweet treat filled with dulce the leche. As sweet as her.
Also in 2016, Aparicio is seen channeling her inner Selena in this crop top and killer smile.
Aparicio has redefined what Mexican beauty is perceived as in popular culture. You see, in Mexico most famous people are blond and basically gringo looking, but Aparicio has broken barriers being cast as a lead in an Oscar-winning film and gracing the covers of magazines like Vogue Mexico and People en Español’s 50 Más Bellos.
Through her Instagram feed, it’s easy to see that Aparicio is the amiga incondicional we all wish we had.
Life doesn’t get any better than this: some ancient ruins (we are guessing that is Montealban in the capital city of Oaxaca) and two friends to share this unforgettable moment with, or momento inolvidable, as Aparicio calls it.
Here is Aparico doing touristy things with her friends in the world-famous canals of Xochimilco.
Just south of Mexico City, this canal is a great touristy spot where you can rent a colorful, flower-covered boat and promenade in the placid and ancient waters. We love this shot with Aparicio and her friends. Do you recognize the one in the middle? (hint, she also appears in “Roma”)
Like most of us, she loves capturing all of her new experiences.
This selfie was shot in the Teatro Metropolitan, which used to be one of Mexico City’s old cinema palaces, huge theaters that could host hundreds of moviegoers. This is obviously the shooting of “Roma”and the now infamous scene in which Cleo is abandoned by the father of her unborn child. Aparicio has no clue of the fame that is about to take her life by storm. She just looks so innocent and pretty.
Also flooding Aparicio’s feed is a ton of adorable nature posts.
As an indigenous woman, Aparicio has a close relationship with the natural world. Here she is in the Hacienda Panoaya, in Amemeca near the Mexico City volcanoes. She seems so at peace we just want to share a cup of esquites with her and chat about life.
Unlike many A-list celebrities, Aparicio doesn’t seem to care to be in front of the spotlight.
Aparicio is a generous human being who looks even a bit uncomfortable getting all this attention. This photograph is so different from her hyper-produced recent posts. It is cute and innocent and amazing. We can barely see her under that aqueduct.
Watch out, cuteness alert!
One of the reasons why Aparicio’s acting in “Roma”stood out is the natural rapport she establishes with the children. Here, we can see that this rapport existed behind the cameras as well. These two seem totally at ease, like lifelong friends sharing a moment of complicity.
Navidad, blanca Navidad.
Need we say more? She has that childlike joy that is impossible to fake.
Like a kamikaze.
In the caption to this photo, Aparicio says: “Like a kamikaze, sometimes the only thing left to do is renounce the life you know and pursue a more noble objective…”. Thanks for that!
Her family will always come first and they look like a fun bunch.
On January 1, 2017, Aparicio published this picture with her family after New Year’s Eve. She says that they lost a family member, but a new one arrived (see the baby pictured here). Ah, the circle of life.
Mexico lindo y querido was always her focus.
Yalitza loves her homeland. Here, she captures the natural beauty of her beloved Oaxaca. Road trip, anyone?
We really can’t get enough of the gorgeous Oaxaca.
And neither can she. Here, she writes: “The beautiful land where I was born”. People who become famous but have their feet on the ground are likely to grab on to their roots to not get all mareados with the attention. That is exactly what the Mexican actress has done.
She shares the moments she spends reading a Latin American classic.
Here she shares a fragment from Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Memorias de mis putas tristes, one of the great Colombian novelist’s late novels in which he comes to terms with old age. Beautiful, sensitive and cultured: nuestra Yalitza has it all! And she had it well before fame struck.
Who doesn’t like a good post with their BBFs.
Seriously, who wouldn’t want to have a cool, down to Earth superamiga who knows that good things are more enjoyable when shared?
Remember that surreal crab sculpture in “Roma”?
It is actually located in Puerto De Dos Bocas, in the Mexican state of Tabasco. Aparicio shared this image in February 2017, when the last scenes of the movie were being shot (actually, the movie was shot chronologically, trivia fact!)
Proud of Mexico’s Precolumbian past, as we all should be.
Like most Mexicans, Aparicio is proud of her country’s ancient civilizations. Here, she is in the archeological site of Comalcalco, in Tabasco. The site was built by the Mayans in their Late Period.
She is clearly the queen of road trips.
She writes: “Traveling is such a pleasure”. Well, Yali, enjoying your life vicariously is a pleasure as well, we love your sense of wonder and discovery.
A full rainbow should be expected from her at this point.
No words needed. She simply says: “🌈😍”
Look at this tender evocation of childhood.
What a great everyday moment of joy. Can she be everyone’s cool aunt already?
What an eye for photography!
This image is seriously good: great composition and balance. Will we see Aparicio behind the camera one day? We would not be surprised.