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I faced discrimination because of my skin colour, says 'Roma' star

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

"Roma" star says she has faced discrimination because of the colour of her skin.

In an interview to, the opened up about her experience with racism in and working in Hollywood.

Asked about her experience with racism in Mexico, she said: "I felt it quite strongly. I've been discriminated against because of the colour of my skin. When I was a kid, I wasn't allowed into certain groups, for example. Also, my mother works in a house. Sometimes people didn't see her work as dignified, and that was hard."

How was her experience of working in Hollywood?

"It is marvellous. I've always been very shy, and it's surprising how I got over this. People are sending me beautiful messages. They've told me that to see me this way is like a source of inspiration for them, that they feel they can be in a movie, or on the cover of a magazine, regardless of their physical appearance. It's a marvellous thing."

The first-time nominee was planning to pursue a career as a schoolteacher when she auditioned for Alfonso Cuaron's film "Roma", which tackled the discrimination she endured growing up in She is glad that she did the film.

"Roma" has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. ceremony will be held on February 24 and will be aired in on Star Movies.



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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 14:06 IST