America Ferrera

A High Profile Actress

America Ferrera got interested in acting at a young age. She performed in many stage productions at school.
Her feature film debut was in the 2002 comedy drama Real Women Have Curves. She won positive acclaim for her performance in the drama. Ferrera has since become the recipient of many accolades including an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Early in her career, she found success in movies like the Disney original Gotta Kick It Up! and the drama The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants in 2005. The drama earned her the Imagen Award for Best Actress and her first nomination at the ALMA Awards.

In 2006, she appeared in the short film 3:52, which won the Audience Award at the San Diego Women Film Festival. Afterwards, she acted in the movie Steel City, which received nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival.

In television, Ferrera landed the leading part on the ABC comedy drama Ugly Betty. She won favorable acclaim for playing the protagonist of the series Betty Suarez. She won the Best Actress awards at various award ceremonies in 2007 the Golden Globe Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Primetime Emmy Award. The latter was a first for a Latin woman in the category.

Following her Golden Globe win, Ferrera was congratulated by Hilda L. Solis in the United States House of Representatives and has commended for breaking down stereotypes and providing a role model for young Latinas.
Her London stage debut was in November 2011, playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago in Londons West End. The following year, she participated in the four-hour documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

She acted in the drama The Dry Land, the romantic comedy Our Family Wedding and the crime drama End of Watch. She voiced the character of Astrid Hofferson in How To Train Your Dragon. Ferrera co-produces and stars in the comedy series Superstore, which premiered on NBC.

She garnered great recognition for her role in Ugly Betty and her subsequent projects. She has been pointed out as a role model for young Hispanic women because of her achievements in the entertainment industry.

Apart from acting, Ferrera is politically active in getting Latinos in the United States to vote through her involvement with the organization Voto Latino by appearing on various news programs. Additionally, she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She was the opening speaker for the Womens March On Washington in January 2017.
Time magazine named Ferrera one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007.

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