Oscar Actors: Aparicio, Yelitza (Nominee, Mexican)–Background, Career, Awards

Research in Progress Updated Sep 13, 2021
Yelitza Aparicio Career Summary:

Occupational Inheritance: No

Social Class: working; mother maid

Race/Ethnicity/Religion: Mexican

Family: single mom

Education: wanted to be teacher

Training: no training as actor

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Film Debut: Roma, 2018; aged 25

Breakthrough Role: Roma, 2018; aged 25

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Screen Image: character actor

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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.

In 2019, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

On October 4, 2019 she was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples.

Aparicio was born 11 December 1993 in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca. Her parents are of indigenous origin; her father is Mixtec and her mother is Trique.

She is not, however, fluent in the Mixtec language and had to learn it for her role in Roma. Aparicio was raised by a single mother who worked as a maid.

She does not have formal training in acting, but rather has pursued a degree in pre-school education while already holding a degree in early childhood education and worked in a school.

She won her first acting role just prior to qualifying as a teacher.

Aparicio made her acting debut in the drama film Roma, which was written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The film was released in November 2018. Aparicio received critical acclaim–bringing to the role “something gentle, delicate, stoic and selfless. She is the jewel of this outstanding film.”

For her performance, she was nominated for the Best Actress, becoming the first Indigenous American woman and the second Mexican woman to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination, following Salma Hayek for her role in 2002’s Frida.

Mexican Women Nominated: 4

Three other Mexican women have been nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category: Katy Jurado in 1954 for Broken Lance; Adriana Barraza in 2006 for Babel; and Marina de Tavira in 2018 for Roma.

She also earned nominations in the same category from the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, the Hollywood Film Awards, the Gotham Awards, the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, the Satellite Awards, and the Women Film Critics Circle.

Aparicio appeared on the cover of Vogue México in January 2019. She also appeared in the Vanity Fair 2019 “Hollywood Issue” cover. Aparicio was given the keys to Panama City, Panama, on 8 April 2019.