America Ferrera Biography

America Ferrera:
Emmy Award-Winning Actress

America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her fearless portrayal of "Betty Suarez" on ABC's hit comedy Ugly Betty. This breakthrough role has earned Ferrera an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen awards.

Ferrera is currently starring in and producing Ryan Piers Williams' independent film X/Y opposite Amber Tamblyn. She most recently received a Lortel nomination for best actress in BETHANY off-Broadway in a role the NY Times calls, "beautifully modulated."

Ferrera also recently wrapped production on Diego Luna's biography, Chavez, which centers on the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez. Portraying his wife, "Helen Chavez," Ferrera starts opposite Michael Pena and alongside an impressive cast including Rosario Dawson and Gabriel Mann.

Ferrera was seen in David Ayer's crime thriller, End of Watch, also starring, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Michael Pena, and Cody Horn. She also appears in Todd Berger's comedy It's a Disaster opposite Julia Stiles and David Cross. The film premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival.

In addition to her film lineup, Ferrera appeared in the four-hour television series for PBS and international broadcast, the Half The Sky project. The series, which was shot in 10 underprivileged countries, delivered audiences with an intimate and dramatic portrayal of the women and young girls in the world that live under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable. Ferrera joined reporter Nicholas Kristof, and actresses Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, in an inspiring program that captivates the struggling and empowering stories of females fighting for change.

In tandem with her work on the series, Ferrera served as ambassador on a campaign called, "America4America" joining Voto Latino, the leading non-partisan national youth empowerment organization. The campaign aims to reach people across the country by using online content to engage in conversations with the actress and discusses issues related to voter identification laws, education, and immigration. Ferrera was the face of the initiative for the 2012 election.

She also served as an artist ambassador for Save The Children and traveled to West Africa where she raised funds to build a school in southern Mali. Additionally, she recently visited Honduras on behalf of the organization ONE in support of women facing the challeneges of extreme poverty.

The actress starred as "Roxie Hart" in the West End production of the hit musical Chicago for an eight week run that started in November 2011. Ferrera was also seen in a recurring role on the second season of the CBS hit series The Good Wife, in which she played an illegal nanny and object of Eli's (Alan Cumming) affection.

Prior to this, Ferrera was seen in Ryan Piers Williams' The Dry Land opposite Melissa Leo and Jason Ritter. Ferrera also executive produced the film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won Best International Film at the 201 Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was released by Maya Entertainment.

Other feature film work includes Fox Searchlights' Our Family Wedding, Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon and Warner Bros.' The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, the sequel to the 2005 original. She also starred in the bilingual independent film Towards Darkness, which she executive produced, and Fox Searchlight's independent film Under The Same Moon. Additional credits include the Brian Jun film Steel City, Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown, and the 2005 Sundance Film Festival entry How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer. America also appeared off-Broadway in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, directed by Trip Cullman.

Ferrera first secured her place as one of Hollywood's most vibrant young talents with her starring role in the Patricia Cardoso film Real Women Have Curves. Her performance earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best Acress, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance, and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance for a Leading Young Actress.