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In 2018, Yalitza Aparicio Martínez went from being a preschool teacher in her native Oaxaca to becoming part of the cast of the film Roma and the following year her performance as a domestic worker earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the Oscars.
For the film directed by the Mexican Alfonso Cuarón, the participation of a young woman was required who, in addition to learning a few lines of text and not being intimidated in front of the cameras, also knew how to swim.
Among the candidates is Yalitza who, at 25 years old and after working as a teacher, knew that if she missed the opportunity to make her way in cinematography, it would be difficult for her to do so later, so When asked if he knew how to swim, he answered in the affirmative.
However, near the end of the film a pivotal scene in its success emerges and the shot focuses entirely on the girl from Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, who finds herself engulfed by the waves of a challenging sea that truly tested her courage. , since recently the actress herself acknowledged having lied in the casting to get a role that meant transcending even outside the cinema.
“I never thought we were going to go to the sea… it was like ‘if I drown they take me out, nothing happens,'” he confessed.
The reality is that the sea was kind to her and there was no need for someone to come and rescue her from the fierceness of the current.
From that moment on, life changed for the teacher who even ended up giving up her profession to dedicate herself fully to the entertainment industry, which turned out to be more lucrative for her interests.
According to Fame magazine, The various advertising campaigns in which Yalitza Aparicio has participated and the 208,000 subscribers who watch her lifestyle videos on YouTube have allowed her to amass a fortune of around $3,000,000 dollars.
Another interesting fact is that, in 2019, Time magazine named Yalitza Aparicio one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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