Who is America Georgine Ferrera? She is an American actress who came to be a celebrity with her title role in the popular television series ‘Ugly Betty’. America Georgine Ferrera was born on 18th April 1984, in Los Angeles, California, to América Griselda Ayes and Carlos Gregorio. Her mother was the director of housekeeping, in one of the Hilton Hotels.
Interested in acting since she was in school, she performed in several school stage productions and came into prominence with her debut film, ‘Real Women Have Curves’. Early in her career, America Ferrera took up small roles in films like the television movie ‘Gotta Kick It Up!’ in 2002.
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That year, during a theatre program at Northwestern University, she made her feature film debut in ‘Real Women Have Curves’. In the year 2005, she starred in the film ‘Lords of Dogtown’, and ‘How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer’, where she portrayed Bianca, a 17-year-old third-generation Mexican-American girl.
The same year, she was featured in ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ and won the best actress award and her first nomination at the ALMA Awards.
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While her performance in ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ gained her more recognition, she won critical acclaim for portraying the protagonist in the television series ‘Ugly Betty’, which garnered her several Best Actress Awards, including the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Primetime Emmy Award.
The unique role in ‘Ugly Betty’ and her subsequent roles thereafter made her a “role model” for the young Hispanic women in the entertainment industry. For her brilliant performance in ‘Ugly Betty’, Ferrera was congratulated by Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis.
In the year 2012, she was cast in a documentary film ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’, which showed women living in difficult circumstances and struggling to overcome them. That year, she was also featured in the crime drama ‘End of Watch’, and in the dark comedy ‘It’s a Disaster’.
The ABC network cast her in a serial drama ‘Pedro & Maria’, a modern-day depiction of Romeo and Juliet, in 2013. The series, however, was never aired. Ferrera was dubbed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007 by Time magazine. An ardent supporter of ‘Save the Children’ campaign, she is also an ambassador for it.
As part of her social work, she traveled to India to meet the children of sex workers and raise awareness against sex trafficking.
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