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America Ferrera          

Award-Winning Actress, Producer & Humanitarian

America Ferrera is an award-winning actress and producer who is perhaps best known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC’s hit comedy "Ugly Betty." For her outstanding performance on the show, Ferrera was recognized with a Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007.

Ferrera currently produces and stars in the NBC workplace comedy, "Superstore." Starring as Amy, who has worked for the store for 10 years as a floor supervisor, Ferrera’s character experiences drastic changes in her daily life when a new hire comes aboard. Additionally, she can be seen in the EPIX TV mini-series, "America Divided," starring alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Amy Poehler and Zach Galifianakis. The eight-story, five-part documentary presents interwoven narratives about inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. She also Executive Produced Refinery29’s "Behind the Headlines," a multimedia experience comprising video, text and images dedicated to humanizing the conversations around the issues that matter to women; and "Only Girl," which is a docu-series investigating what it means to be a female in a male-dominated field, ranging from baseball players to airplane pilots.

Ferrera starred in Diego Luna’s biopic, "Cesar Chavez," opposite Michael Peña and alongside an impressive cast including, John Malkovich and Rosario Dawson. Ferrera received an ALMA Award for her portrayal of Cesar Chavez’s wife, Helen Chavez. The film premiered at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival. Ferrera continues to lend her vocal talents to the DreamWorks’ Oscar nominated franchise films "How to Train Your Dragon." Prior to this, Ferrera was seen in Ryan Piers Williams’ feature "The Dry Land" opposite Melissa Leo and Jason Ritter. Released by Maya Entertainment, the film premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won Best International Film at the 2010 Edinburgh Film Festival.

On stage, the actress starred in Terrence McNally’s off-Broadway production, Lips Together, Teeth Apart in the fall of 2014. In 2013, she appeared as “Crystal” in Laura Marks’ off-Broadway play Bethany. In November 2011, Ferrera starred as “Roxie Hart” in the West End production of the hit musical, Chicago, for an eight week run. She also appeared off-Broadway in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, directed by Trip Cullman.

In October 2012, Ferrera appeared as an activist and correspondent in Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning "Years of Living Dangerously," which explores the acts, science, and human cost of climate change. In the same year, Ferrera joined reporter Nicholas Kristof and actresses Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde in the four-hour, internationally broadcasted television series for PBS "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." The social documentary series, an inspiring program that captivates the struggling and empowering stories of females fighting for change, was shot in ten underprivileged countries.

In tandem with her work on the "Half the Sky" series, Ferrera served as ambassador on the campaign, “America4America” joining Voto Latino, the leading non-partisan national youth empowerment organization. The campaign, which engaged people across the country in online conversations, featured Ferrera discussing issues related to voter ID laws, education, and immigration. Ferrera was the face of the initiative for the 2012 election. In July 2016, Ferrera spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on behalf of women’s rights and immigration in support of Hillary Clinton.

Ferrera also served as an artist ambassador for Save the Children and traveled to West Africa where she raised funds to build a school in southern Mali. She has dedicated her time to the organization, ONE, in support of women facing the challenges of extreme poverty.

Behind the scenes, Ferrera has started her own television and film production company, Take Fountain. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ferrera is the youngest of six children. As a graduate of the University of Southern California, the actress studied International Relations while pursuing her career in film and television.

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America Ferrera Graduating From College After 10 Years ...

"It's finally happening! Took me 10 years, but it feels great," the Ugly Betty star tweeted of her imminent graduation from the University of Southern California.

America Ferrera Eyes TV Comeback On ABC

America Ferrera may return to ABC. The former "Ugly Betty" actress' telenovela project "Pedro & Maria" is in development at the broadcast network as a potential  ...

Why America Ferrera Is Saying 'Thank You!' to Donald Trump - ABC ...

Actress and activist America Ferrera joined the growing ranks of Donald Trump opponents today, arguing in an online missive that the real estate mogul's recent  ...

America Ferrera: Other Women Are Life Partners, Not Competition

America Ferrera knows just how valuable it can be to forge bonds between women.

In conversation with feminist icon Gloria Steinem at the MAKERS conference on Monday night, Ferrera spoke about how she has been influenced by women over the course of her life. She was raised primarily by her mother, who she described as "an incredible force of nature," in a house of six children -- five of whom were girls. "There were so many women in my life," said Ferrera. "Strong women -- not always mentally sane women -- but strong women."

Latino Celebrities Speak Out Against Anti-Immigrant Fear-Mongering

Today, celebrities including Benjamin Bratt, Ivonne Coll, America Ferrera, Dolores Huerta, George Lopez, Aubrey Plaza, Zoe Saldana, Carlos Santana, and others released an open letter calling on Latino communities to stand up to the anti-immigrant fear mongering of the 2016 GOP presidential candidates.

How a Triathlon Helped America Ferrera Defy Her Inner Critic

It wasn’t a dream. I was standing onstage holding an Emmy. I’d imagined being in this room, clutching this statue ever since watching my first Emmy broadcast at 7 years old. Now, I was actually at the podium and accepting the award on national television. It was 2007, and I was 23. I had worked very hard to get this far, I was shooting 16-hour days to make “Ugly Betty,” and I was loving every minute of it.

America Ferrera, Pitbull bring Latinx representation to B.PHL Fest

Only in its second year, the 2020 B.PHL Fest is tackling the most important issues of today with a star-studded lineup.

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