‘Roma’ Star Yalitza Aparicio on That ‘Shocking’ Hospital Scene: ‘I Didn’t Know What Was Going to Happen’ (Video)

Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, and Gabriela Rodriguez share behind-the-scenes stories from one of this year’s most Oscar-nominated movies

For Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, and Gabriela Rodriguez, the making of Alfonso Cuarón’s Oscar-nominated drama “Roma” was a constant exercise in responding to the unexpected.

“Roma” was shot chronologically, and the actors received their scripts on the morning of the shoot, allowing them to respond organically to the moments in their characters’ lives. 

When it came to filming one of the most climactic scenes in the movie — where a pregnant Cleo is rushed to the hospital only to give birth to a stillborn — neither the cast nor the crew knew that the baby was going to die, which led to an emotional day on set.

“Everybody was crying. It was a very moving scene for all of us,” recalled Rodriguez, who became the first Latina producer to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Motion Picture, during a Q&A with TheWrap’s managing editor Thom Geier in New York City.

“It was a really strong scene. I remember Alfonso told me it was the scene where Cleo would give birth, and…

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