01/31/2012 05:23 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2012

Demian Bichir's Oscar Nomination Brings A Whole New Light To A City He Describes As 'Diet Coke': MY LA

Current Gig: Oscar Hopeful

Context: While Demian Bichir is already a mega star in Mexico, recently he has a lot to celebrate here in Los Angeles. Bichir has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his film "A Better Life" and he's in with good company: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Jean Dujardin. But 48-year-old Bichir is no stranger to running with the big dogs. He has worked with director Steven Soderbergh, starred alongside Benicio Del Toro and is perhaps most well known in the US for his recurring role on the hit show "Weeds." HuffPost LA had the pleasure of speaking with the recent nominee to learn about his road to the Oscars, how different his hometown of Mexico City is and why he didn't become a professional soccer player.