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America Ferrera



Few aspiring actresses could ever hope to experience the early career success of Ugly Betty starlet America Ferrera. In the scant four years after earning a Sundance Jury Award, an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and a Young Artist Award nomination for her role as a first-generation Mexican-American girl teetering on the cusp of womanhood for Real Women Have Curves, the hardworking actress rose quickly through the ranks to become one of television's brightest young stars.



A Los Angeles native and the youngest of six siblings born to Honduran parents, Ferrera, born April 18, 1984, was raised by her mother in Woodland Hills, CA. Though at first hesitant to pursue a career on camera, the natural-born actress and high school valedictorian displayed an instinctive talent on the stage that seemed to signal she had found her true calling. It was during this time that Ferrera began working as a waitress to fund her classes and pay for headshots, and shortly thereafter she made her screen debut as a cheerleader in the Disney Channel feature Gotta Kick It Up! (2002). Later, while attending summer theater camp at Northwestern University, Ferrera taped an audition for Real Women Have Curves; after six auditions, she was ecstatic to learn that she had been cast as first-generation American Ana Garcia. It was the perfect role for the emerging actress, as she too was among the first of her family to be born in America.



In the following two years, Ferrera appeared in a number of film and television projects while studying International Relations and Theater at the University of Southern California, with high-profile roles in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Lords of Dogtown helping to form a solid foundation for an enduring career. Roles in the addiction drama 3:52 and the working-class drama Steel City were quick to follow, and in 2006 Ferrera became a small-screen sensation with her role as an unattractive secretary working for a popular fashion magazine in ABC's Ugly Betty.



An Americanized remake of the popular Columbian comedy drama Yo Soy Betty, la Fea, Ugly Betty was produced by screen star Salma Hayek and became an immediate hit with viewers. When the Golden Globes were handed out in early 2007, young star Ferrera was visibly thrilled to be bestowed with a Best Actress award for her work on the series. She also won a the Screen Actors Guild Award for Female Actor in a Comedy Series shortly thereafter. That same year, Ferrera would expand her resumé to include the role of producer for the dramatic crime thriller Towards Darkness -- in which she also starred as a girl who shares a sensitive relationship with a young kidnapping victim.



2008 saw Ferrera with a starring role in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, and the actress would voice the role of Astrid in 2010's animated hit How to Train Your Dragon. The same year, Ferrera appeared in The Dry Land; the film premiered at te Sundance Film Festival in 2010, and won the Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Dallas International Film Festival. Ferrera will co-star alongside Rosario Dawson in Chavez, a biopic depicting the life of labor activist Cesar E. Chavez slated for release in 2013.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet How To Train Your Dragon 3
  • Astrid
2019
13% Special Correspondents
  • Brigida
2016
45% X/Y
  • Sylvia
  • Producer
2015
No Score Yet Dragons: Dawn Of The Dragon Racers
  • Astrid
2015
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Astrid
2014
39% Cesar Chavez
  • Helen Chavez
2014
78% It's a Disaster
  • Hedy Galili
2013
85% End of Watch
  • Officer Orozco
2012
No Score Yet The Latino List
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury
  • Astrid
2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks Holiday Classics
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Dragons: Gift Of The Night Fury / Book Of Dragons
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon Legends
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon
  • Astrid
2010
63% The Dry Land
  • Executive Producer
  • Sara
2010
98% How to Train Your Dragon
  • Astrid
2010
13% Our Family Wedding
  • Lucia Ramirez
2010
No Score Yet Pushing The Elephant
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Actor
2009
89% Tinker Bell
  • Fawn
2008
65% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  • Carmen
2008
79% How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
  • Blanca Garcia
2008
73% Under the Same Moon
  • Martha
2008
83% Ciudad de Acero
  • Amy Barnes
2007
11% Towards Darkness
  • Executive Producer
  • Luiza
2007
No Score Yet 3:52
  • Kate
2005
55% Lords of Dogtown
  • Thunder Monkey
2005
77% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • Carmen
2005
No Score Yet Plainsong
  • Victoria Roubideaux
2004
83% Real Women Have Curves
  • Ana
2002
No Score Yet Gotta Kick It Up
  • Yolanda Vargas
2002

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
54% Superstore
2015
  • Producer
  • Amy
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Host (Season 11-)
  • Appearing
  • Host
No Score Yet Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Betty Suarez
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge
2015-2016
  • Voice
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk
2012-2013
  • Voice
No Score Yet DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk
2012
  • Voice
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • April Perez
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Natalie Flores
85% Inside Amy Schumer
2013-2016
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing

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