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America Ferrera Biography

America Ferrera is set to star in the ABC dramedy Ugly Betty.
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Birthdate: April 18, 1984
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

She may not fit the mold of your ordinary Hollywood actress, but that doesn't mean America Ferrera isn't on her way to being a top star. Get the goods on this Honduran hottie.

America Ferrera - Childhood Dreams

America Ferrera was born in LA and raised in San Fernando Valley. She started to take on roles in school and community theater when she was about eight years old and, by the time she was 10, she'd been bitten by the acting bug. But how does the youngest of a six-child, single-parent family find her way to the top? Apparently a little determination goes a long way!

America Ferrera - Real Women Have Curves

It wasn't until she was out of high school that America Ferrera landed her first big role - but it definitely helped to throw her into the spotlight. She won a best actress award at the Sundance Festival for her portrayal of Ana Garcia, a Mexican-American high school student who has to choose between the wishes of her mother to go to work in a dress factory and her dreams of heading off to university. With this flick, America made the world take notice of what the average American girl actually looks like!

America Ferrera - Movie Madness

After Real Women Have Curves, America took on a few bit parts before landing roles in two 2005 summer blockbusters - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Lords of Dogtown. Both flicks actually came out on the same day, June 3, 2005. In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, American plays Carmen Lowell, one of four childhood friends who find a pair of magical jeans that they pass around throughout their first summer apart. In fall 2006, America takes a step back from movie stardom to take on the lead role in the new ABC comedy-drama, Ugly Betty. The show revolves around America's character, Betty, who lands a job at a fashion magazine, despite her less-than-fashionable appearance.

America Ferrera - Did U Know?

  • America Ferrera's new show, Ugly Betty, premieres on ABC on September 28, 2006. The show is based on the Colombian soap opera, Yo Soy Betty La Fea, and is produced by Salma Hayek.
  • America Ferrera is 5'4".
  • America Ferrera was given an advance copy of Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood by her co-star, Amber Tamblyn.
  • America Ferrera attended the University of Southern California, where she studied international relations and theater.
  • America Ferrera Says...
    "I think Hispanic women are beautiful with their curves. I'm not sure who feels that way in Hollywood. I was never told to lose 50 pounds. If they think that, they just don't bother with you. You just don't get the role and you never know why. That's still better than physically harming yourself and becoming unhealthy just to star in a movie."

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