Since she was 8-years-old, America Ferrera had been acting in community theater and school plays. However, her acting career has taken several big steps forward since then. She has starred in several films such as Real Women Have Curves, Gotta Kick It Up!, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants franchise, How to Train Your Dragon and many more.
Ferrera has also starred in several award-winning television series such as Ugly Betty and Superstore.
In 2007, Ferrera won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for her role in Ugly Betty. That same year, she won a Primetime Emmy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical.
Besides her acting career, Ferrera is heavily involved in Activist work. She is involved in multiple non-profit organizations, including Save the Children.
She also created a collaborative documentary with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof about bringing awareness to the problem of human trafficking in India. The documentary is called "Half the Sky."
Ferrera is the co-founder of Hanes with her husband, Ryan Piers Williams, and Wilmer Valderrama. It is an advocacy organization whose goal is to “connect communities through conversation to inspire action and power change.”
Ferrera attended the University of Southern California; where she received a degree in international relations in 2013. Although she received her degree, the balancing of education and acting was not easy.
In a speech in 2012, Ferrera told USC students about her experience.
“I always wanted to go to college and get my education, although I always wanted to be an actor,” she stated. “I never knew how those two things would work with each other, and this was revealed to me in my first year of college here.”
She also spoke about her professor, David Andrus, and how he urged her to utilize acting as a method to create societal change.
“What my professor really wanted me to understand was that my passion for acting and what I loved doing in the world had the power to be a tool,” Ferrera said. “In that moment, I realized that I didn’t have to give up what I love. I could find a way to link it to other things that I cared about.”
America Ferrera is a Hispanic actress, activist, wife and mother who deserves to be recognized for Hispanic Heritage Month.