America Ferrera is Latin Excellence
America Ferrera, a thirty-two-year-old actress of Honduran descent, is best known for her role as the main character on ‘Ugly Betty’. Ferrera came on the scene in 2002 with the film Real Women Have Curves. The film centered on Hispanic women in East Los Angeles that won the Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film and the Special Jury Prize for acting at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Moves Off Screen
Ferrera has focused her activism on helping women in developing countries. She starred in the documentary Half The Sky. It focused on raising awareness of women across the world dealing with gender-based crimes.
As a matter of fact, Ferrera is also passionate about climate change awareness. She told Latina Magazine about her trip Waukegan, Illinois, a majority black and Hispanic area. In Waukegan, she witnessed the effects the local coal plant was having on the city’s residents. Ferrera’s trip was the season finale of the National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously.”
Moves On Screen
Ferrera’s current show, “Superstore” on NBC, where she stars and co-produces was just renewed for a second season. In fact, she also landed a production deal with ABC studios to create new shows and features for the network. Ferrera wants to work to create diverse TV.
In addition, Ferrera told Latina Magazine, “I feel like there is so much pathos and comedy in the everyman’s experience of the world. That’s one of the things I really loved about Superstore when I read it. This is a comedy about how the majority of the people in our country live and what it’s like to have a job that isn’t about saving the world. It’s just about getting by and surviving.”