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America Ferrera Bio
America Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American Actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the American Broadcasting Company’s comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty and as Amy on the NBC sitcom Superstore. Her acting garnered critical acclaim, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
She has featured in a number of films, including Real Women Have Curves (2002), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) and its sequel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008), The Dry Land (2010), Our Family Wedding (2010), and End of Watch (2012). She also had a small role in the skateboard biopic Lords of Dogtown (2005). In addition, Ferrera provides The Voice of Astrid the Viking in the DreamWorks animated picture How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Cartoon Network’s television series based on the film Dragons: Riders of Berk, Dragons: Defenders of Berk and the sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014).
in July 2002, Ferrera appeared in her first television movie, Gotta Kick It Up! for The Disney Channel. While at a theatre program at Northwestern University that same year, she made her feature movie debut in Real Women Have Curves. Ferrera followed this with roles in television (Touched by an Angel). She also appeared in the movie Plainsong, based on the novel by Kent Haruf, which also featured Aidan Quinn and Rachel Griffiths. Ferrera played a pregnant teenager, Victoria Roubideaux, who has been kicked out of her mother’s House and she is Taken in by two kindly brothers who live alone on a farm. In the 2005 film How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, she starred as Bianca, a 17-year-old third-generation Mexican-American who is disgusted with the boys in her neighborhood but finds romance with a boy from a neighboring town. In 2006, she appeared in the short film 3:52, which won the Audience Award at the San Diego Women Film Festival. Later that year, she featured in the movie Steel City, which received nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival.
In December 2005, she appeared in the Off-Broadway play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, directed by Trip Cullman. She won the lead role of Betty in Ugly Betty in 2006. Ugly Betty is an adaptation of the successful Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, in which Ferrera portrays a girl whom her peers find extremely unattractive, thus the series title. As Betty Suarez, Ferrera wears braces, has bushy eyebrows and a disheveled wig, and cosmetics and clothing intended to downplay her own looks, in contrast to most of the “glammed up” characters; Ferrera herself invented the term “Bettification” to describe the process of creating her onscreen persona. For her role in Ugly Betty, Ferrera won the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. As a result of the award, she was congratulated by the U.S. House of Representatives as being a role Model for young Hispanics. On January 28, 2007, Ferrera won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series.
In 2007, TIME chose Ferrera as one of the top artists and entertainers in their “Time 100: The Most Influential People In The World” issue. In July 2007, Ferrera won Imagen Foundation’s Creative Achievement Award. On September 16, 2007, Ferrera won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her Ugly Betty role, the first Latina to win in that category. Ferrera starred as Carmen in the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and reprised the role in 2008’s The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Among other film work, she supplied The Voice of Astrid in the hit animated film How to Train Your Dragon (2010). She also appearred in The Dry Land which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and ran at the Dallas International Film Festival where it won the top prize in the Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature.
Ferrera made her London stage debut on November 7, 2011, playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago in London’s West End. In 2012, Ferrera was featured in the four-hour documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which premiered on PBS October 1 and 2, 2012. The series introduces women and girls living in very difficult circumstances and struggling to challenge them. The Half the Sky PBS TV series is produced by Show of Force along with Fugitive Films. Ferrera starred alongside David Cross and Julia Stiles in the dark comedy It’s a Disaster, which premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival and had a limited commercial release on April 12, 2013.
On May 17, 2013, ABC announced that Ferrera would return to TV in a limited-run telenovela titled Pedro & Maria, a modern-day take on Romeo and Juliet set in Washington, D.C. The series had been in development at MTV since 2010 with Ferrera serving as director on the project, which would have interactive participation online content from viewers. The series, had it been accepted by ABC, would have been broadcast during the 2013–14 television season, but was not accepted. On March 16, 2015, Ferrera was added to the cast of the upcoming NBC sitcom Superstore, portraying Amy, a 10-year veteran floor supervisor at a superstore named Cloud 9. In addition to her main role, Ferrera has co-production duties as well. This brought the Actress back to television five years after Ugly Betty ended its run in 2010.
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