Borderland and Street Kings launched her U.S. Career
Though Higareda appeared in John Sayles's 2003 indie Casa de los babys, it wouldn't be until a few years later, with Zev Berman's Borderland and David Ayer's Street Kings, that she truly began her Stateside crossover. Street Kings memorably put her alongside Keanu Reeves, while Berman's slasher flick had her holding her own as Valeria, a generous bartender who helps a couple dumb foreigners track down a killer cult. "It takes its time, for sure, but Borderland ultimately descends into a brutal orgy of torture and mutilation that’s harrowing to watch, because it’s played completely real," wrote one critic. "This is Wolf Creek–style, true-story-inspired horror, and makes the Hostel movies look like cartoons by comparison."