Eiza Gonzalez is bringing a very special date to the Oscars (EXCLUSIVE)

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Wow, 2017 was an excellent year for Eiza Gonzalez, whose blockbuster Baby Driver earned three Academy Award nominations. And the great news keep coming. The Mexican actress will be presenting at this year's Oscars, taking place this Sunday, March 4. For the 28-year-old actress, standing on such a prestigious stage is a dream come true. 

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"Of course I'm nervous, but my enthusiasm is greater," the Neutrogena brand ambassador told MamásLatinas about presenting at the Oscars. "It's going to be a great night. The one thing I can tell you is that I will have some shots of tequila and I will have a good time."

Eiza is one of 12 Latinos who will shine bright on the prestigious Oscar's stage. Eugenio Derbez, Lupita Nyong'o, Rita Moreno, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Gina Rodríguez are also among the presenters of the night, while Gael García Bernal, Natalia Lafourcade and Miguel will perform "Remember Me," the theme song for the Best Animated Feature nominee Coco. And one Spanish name that might be called over and over to the stage is that of Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, whose film The Shape of Water has 13 nominations.

Eiza shared this photo of the moment she found out she would be presenting at the Oscars.

"It's been a roller coaster of emotions. I go from being excited to being nervous and then back to being excited," she told MamásLatinas. "But I'm just really proud of being an immigrant woman, 100 percent Mexican, and to have the honor of standing on that stage with such talented people. It's been a great year, a year of great effort, sacrifices, and lots of work, I'm just very happy. And I am even happier to be [at the Oscars] with my Latinos, my Mexicans, such as Guillermo [del Toro], Gael [García Bernal], Eugenio [Derbez] and Natalia [Lafourcade]."


The actress is bringing a very special date, her mom.

"I am so thankful for being able to share this moment with the woman who has guided me throughout my life and who has been there for me through thick and thin," the actress told us about her mom, Mexican model Glenda Reyna. "It's a gift from God and I couldn't be more thankful."


Her film 'Baby Driver' is up for three awards: Editing, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

Proud of my Baby Driver Family ❤️🏆🏆🏆 @edgarwright @ansel

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"The fact that the first film I did in the United States is nominated [for three Oscars] is something that I would have never imagined could happen", she told us. "So I am simply really humbled, and I thank God and life for giving me these great blessings. And now, I will just continue working hard everyday. Nobody is at the top, this doesn't mean anything, you have to continue working very hard each day."  

What is she wearing for the important occasion?

Merci 🌼🌺🌸 HM X Erdem

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"I can't tell you because then it will not be a surprise," she said. "But I can tell you that I'm very excited. This is a whole new experience for me. I have never had the opportunity of being dressed by such high-level designers, and for them to be interested [in dressing me]. I am very enthusiastic and thankful."


Eiza weighs in on the lack of diversity in Hollywood.

Bats called it.

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The most recent UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report found that in 2016, Latino actors played only 2.7% of roles in the top films of the year. The Mexican actress weighed in on this issue. "Only 2.7% [of roles], and we are the majortity within the minority. How can you explain that?" she said, adding:

We have to turn this situation into motivation. This should motivate us to continue growing and working more and more. We cannot allow corporations, companies, or even politics to demotivate us or to make us feel less. That has always been my mentality. I have always applied [Michelle] Obama's motto: "When they go low, I go high." When someone would try to minimize or demotivate me, I would focus on being more positive and working harder and harder, it's the motor [that keeps me going], even today. Instead of making me sad, these things motivate me to work harder and harder, and to do anything I can to contribute to the growth of my people.

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