America Ferrera

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Biography

  • Birth Name: America Georgina Ferrera
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/18/1984, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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Ferrera was 18 when she starred in the delightful 2002 indie comedy Real Women Have Curves, an auspicious film debut that won her the Sundance Film Festival's jury prize for best actress (shared with her costar Lupe Ontiveros). A handful of TV guest spots followed, and as Hollywood tried to figure out what to do with this charismatic but unconventional player, the brainy actress studied international relations at the University of Southern California. There, she met future beau Ryan Piers Williams when he cast her in his student film. In 2005, she gave another winning performance in the ensemble chick flick The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and the next year she scored her small-screen breakthrough, earning Golden Globe and SAG Awards as the lead in Ugly Betty, the hit American adaptation of the wildly popular Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea. Four seasons, an Emmy Award and multiple accolades later, Ferrera's run on Betty ended when the series was canceled in 2010. But her year was still a busy one with starring roles in three films, including The Dry Land, which was directed by Williams, to whom she was recently engaged.America Ferrera Fast Facts:
  • Is the sixth and youngest child of Honduran immigrants, though her parents divorced when she was a child, and her father moved back to Honduras, where he died in 2010.
  • Caught acting bug at age 7, when she played a small role in a school production of Hamlet
  • Met her husband, director Ryan Piers Williams (The Dry Land), when he cast her in his student film while they attended the University of Southern California.
  • In 2010, won her fourth Imagen Foundation Award (her third for Ugly Betty); the award honors positive portrayals of Latinos and Latino culture in entertainment.
  • America Ferrera Relationships:
  • America Ferrera - Mother
  • Ryan Piers Williams - Husband
  • Gregorio Ferrera - Father
  • America Ferrera Awards:
  • 2007 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 2002 Sundance Film Festival: Special Jury Prize for Acting (Dramatic) - Winner
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2009 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2008 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2007 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

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