America Ferrera

Article by Evodie Ngoy

America Georgine Ferrera is an American born artist, born 1984 to Honduran parents America Griselda Ayes, and Carlos Gregorio Ferrera who immigrated to the United States in the mid 1970s. Her mother worked in hotel as the director of housecleaning, and is also a strong advocate of higher education. Ferrera was raised in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles.

Ferrera grow up in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.

Rising Stars

From the time Ferrera was seven years old she landed a role in a school production of Hamlet, then at the age of 10 she played as Artful Dodger in Oliver. From the time she was a young girl she knew she wanted to be in performance. She acted in school and community plays in Los Angeles with the help of her mother

Young Ferrera


In 2002 Ferrera while still in high school, she landed a part in the Disney Channel original movie Gotta Kick It Up!. This lead to more success that same year she appeared in film called Real Woman Have Curves, her performance within that film earned her many awards including the Jury Award for Best Actress at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2006 Ferrera was cast in the lead role in a new television series called Ugly Betty. Ugly Betty made Ferrera a real star.

Latina Leader

As a well known celebrity, Ferrera uses her fame to speak for what she believes in which is the issue of immigration reform. She has also served as an ambassador for Save the Children and The Peace First Prize. She has gone beyond just being an artist but an activist as well.

Interesting Facts

  • Ferrera was honored by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis for providing a role model for young Latinas.
  • In 2007, she received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Award for her performance as Betty Suarez.
  • Ferrera was selected as one of Time magazine's most influential people.
  • Ferrera attended the University of Southern California, where she met Ryan Piers Williams in 2003.
  • In 2010, Ferrera won her fourth Imagen Foundation Award  for Ugly Betty, the award honors positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment

In this film called Real Woman have Curves, Ferrera plays as  a bright and ambitious 18-year-old Latina who has just graduated from high school in East Los Angeles. I chose this movie because it is a film that encourages young girls like myself to feel beautiful under our skin despite our sizes or looks.

America Ferrera with her husband Ryan Piers Williams

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