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‘Roma’ star Yalitza Aparicio is so much more than her Oscar fairy tale

It’s a story that reads like a fairy tale: Yalitza Aparicio, a young teaching college student, attends a casting call in her hometown of Tlaxiaco, Mexico, at the urging of her older sister. Somehow she gets the role — which is not just any role, but the lead in the critically acclaimed “Roma,” directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón. The story doesn’t end there. Aparicio not only lands an Oscar nomination for leading actress, she becomes only the second Mexican actress and the first indigenous woman ever to do so.


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