Actress America Ferrera is best known for her roles in the television sitcom Ugly Betty and the movies How to Train Your Dragon and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. She is the youngest of six children, and was raised by a single mother most of her life. The story of her mother’s life did not hinder Ferrera, but showed her that anything is possible if she believes in herself, and in what she is accomplishing.
She decided to pursue acting when she was seven years old, and grew up working in a community theater and appearing in school plays. While she was in high school, Ferrera landed her first role on television in Disney Channel’s original movie Gotta Kick It Up! From there, she launched her career and now uses her fame to speak about issues such as immigration reform and sex trafficking.
In 2007, America Ferrera received a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role Betty Suarez in the hit television sitcom Ugly Betty. People magazine also included her in its 100 Most Beautiful People list that same year. Outside of the entertainment field, Ferrera was recognized by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis for becoming a role model for young Latinas and was selected as one of Time Magazine’s most influential people. Now, America Ferrera is not only a successful actress, but she is also a dynamic social activist. After Ugly Betty finished its airtime in 2010, Ferrera partnered with a nongovernmental organization, Save the Children, dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children in the United States and around the world. That following year, Ferrera met with president Barack Obama to discuss immigration issues with prominent Latinos in the United States.
America Ferrera is an inspiration to young women not only for the pursuit of her passion for acting, during a time where there were few latina actresses in the industry, but also for her determination to help others. Even though Ferrera has accomplished her dream career, she never ceases to push herself to do more, whether it is raising funds to build a school in Mali or speaking to the president about immigration reform. We are never done growing and learning. No matter the good things we accomplish or the bad situations that happen in our lives, there is always another chapter waiting to begin.