Biography

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.

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.
  • Graduated from University of Southern California 10 years after she started classes there.

Awards

  • 2002, Sundance Film Festival — Special Jury Prize for Acting (Dramatic): Winner
  • 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
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: 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
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 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
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Ryan Piers Williams — Husband
  • Gregorio Ferrera — Father
  • America Ferrera — Mother

College

  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States (BA in International Relations, 2013)

Details

  • Birth Name: America Georgina Ferrera
  • Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Birthday: April 18, 1984, Aries
  • Profession: Actor
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