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America Ferrera

America Ferrera, 2006
Born America Georgine Ferrera[1]
April 18, 1984 (1984-04-18) (age 25)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

America Georgine Ferrera[1] (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. She plays the lead role in the television series Ugly Betty. She also starred in the movies Real Women Have Curves, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

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Early life

Ferrera, the youngest of seven children, was born in Los Angeles, California, to parents who immigrated to the United States from Honduras in the mid-1970s. Her mother worked as a housecleaning staff director for a Red Roof Inn.[2] Her mother divorced her father and raised Ferrera and her siblings, always stressing the importance of higher education.[3] Ferrera was raised a Catholic.[4]

Ferrera grew up in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles, where she attended George Ellery Hale Middle School and El Camino Real High School.[5] From the time she was eight years old, when she landed a small role in a school production of Hamlet and then at age twelve a much bigger role as the Artful Dodger in Oliver!, Ferrera knew that she wanted to be a performer. She acted in school plays and community theater in Los Angeles throughout her youth, though with little help from her mother, who insisted that she pursue other interests because she was concerned her daughter would not get a fair shake. Ferrera was forced to take the bus to auditions, though eventually her mother saw her daughter’s dedication and began to drive her.[3] Ferrera disliked her first name as a child and went by her middle name, "Georgine", until she began acting professionally.[6]

Career

In July 2002, Ferrera made her first TV movie, Gotta Kick It Up! for The Disney Channel. That same year then her uncle died, she made her feature film debut in the indie sleeper hit Real Women Have Curves. Ferrera followed this with roles in both television (Touched by an Angel) and film (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Lords of Dogtown). Ferrera received a 2005 Movieline Breakthrough Award. In December 2005, she appeared in the off-Broadway play Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, directed by Trip Cullman.

She landed the lead role of Betty in Ugly Betty in 2006. Ugly Betty is an adaptation of the Colombian hit telenovela Betty La Fea, in which she portrays a girl whom her peers find extremely unattractive, thus the series title. As Betty Suarez, Ferrera wears braces, has bushy eyebrows and a disheveled wig, and make-up and clothing intended to downplay her own looks, in contrast to most of the "glammed up" characters; Ferrera herself coined the term “Bettification” to describe the process of creating her onscreen persona.[7]

For her role in Ugly Betty, Ferrera won the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical, beating out fellow nominees Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mary-Louise Parker. As a result of the award, she was congratulated by the U.S. House of Representatives as being a role model for young Hispanics.[8] On 28 January, 2007, Ferrera won the prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Female Actor in a Comedy Series. She also starred in and was the executive producer for the poignant short film Muertas.

In 2007, Time Magazine chose Ferrera as one of the top artists and entertainers in their “Time 100: The Most Influential People In The World” issue.[9] In July 2007, America Ferrera also won Imagen Foundation’s Creative Achievement Award.[10]

On September 16, 2007, Ferrera won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series for her role of Betty Suarez on ABC’s Ugly Betty. In the summer of 2007, she wrapped filming on The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, the sequel to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as Carmen. She also is the voice of one of the nature fairies in Tinkerbell (2008). As of May 2009, she is filming a movie in Albuquerque, New Mexico and west Texas called American Tragic or The Dry Land.

Filmography

Films

Year Film Role Notes
2002 Real Women Have Curves Ana Garcia
Gotta Kick It Up! Yolanda "Yoli"
2004 Darkness Minus Twelve Luiza
2005 How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer Blanca
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Carmen Lowell
Lords of Dogtown Thunder Monkey
3:52 Kate
2006 Steel City Amy Barnes
2007 Muertas Rebecca Also executive producer
Towards Darkness (Hacia la oscuridad) Luiza Also executive producer
La Misma Luna Marta
2008 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Carmen Lowell
Tinker Bell Fawn Voice
Direct-to-video
2010 The Dry Land Sarah Released at Sundance Film Festival 2010
Also executive producer
How to Train Your Dragon Astrid Voice
post-production
Our Family Wedding Lucia Ramirez

Television

Year Film Role Notes
2002 Touched by an Angel Charlee Episode: "The Word"
2004 $5.15/Hr. TV film
Plainsong Victoria Roubideaux TV film
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation April Perez Episode: "Harvest"
2006-2010[11] Ugly Betty Betty Suarez

Awards and nominations

America became the first ever TV Actress to have won all 3 major Lead Actress Awards in a single year,including the Emmy Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. On December 9th, 2009, Ferrera became one of recipients of NYWIFT Muse Awards 09[1], along with 3 other women, Julianna Margulies, Allison Silverman, and Andrea Wong[2].

Year Nominated work Award Result
2002 Real Women Have Curves Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize: Dramatic for acting Won
2003 Real Women Have Curves Independent Spirit Awards - Best Debut Performance Nominated
Young Artist Awards -
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress
Nominated
2005 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Satellite Awards: Best Supporting Actress - Musical or Comedy Nominated
Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie Breakout Performance - Female Nominated
Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie Hissy Fit - Female Nominated
2006 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants ALMA Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
Imagen Awards - Best Actress Won
Ugly Betty Satellite Awards - Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Nominated
2007 Ugly Betty Image Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Won
Teen Choice Awards - Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated
Teen Choice Awards - Choice TV: Breakout Won
Television Critics Association Awards - Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
ALMA Awards - Outstanding Actress - Television Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie Won
Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Won
Imagen Awards - Creative Achievement Award Won
Imagen Awards - Best Actress - Television Won
Satellite Awards - Best Actress in a Series, Comedy or Musical Won
2008 Ugly Betty Emmy Awards - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards - Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated
Image Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Imagen Awards - Best Actress - Television Nominated
2009 Ugly Betty Peoples Choice Awards - Choice TV Actress Comedy Nominated
Golden Globes - Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy Nominated
Image Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Imagen Awards - Best Actress - Television Nominated
Kids' Choice Awards - Favorite Television Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards - Choice TV Actress: Comedy Nominated

References

  1. ^ a b Cindy Pearlman (2008-08-03). "Actress America Ferrera sticks to the message". Reading Eagle. http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=101295. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  2. ^ Comita, Jenny (May, 2007). "America Ferrera, Hot Betty". W Magazine. http://www.wmagazine.com/celebrities/2007/05/america_ferrera?currentPage=1. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1807809245/bio America Ferrera's family background
  4. ^ "America Ferrera no Ugly Betty". Boston Globe. 2009-06-19. http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2009/06/19/america_ferrera_no_ugly_betty/. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  5. ^ http://movies.nytimes.com/person/302580/America-Ferrera/biography
  6. ^ Davis, Peter (August 2009). "Miss America". Gotham. http://74.125.93.132/search?q=cache:NVB5o2A47QkJ:www.gotham-magazine.com/GOT_MA09_102_MIS.html+america+ferrera+%22middle+name%22+gotham&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us. Retrieved 19 September 2009. "Named after her mother, Ferrera says she detested the name America as a child. ... 'So I used my middle name, Georgina.' ... When she started acting professionally, she decided to go with her real first name again.". 
  7. ^ It's a 'Bettification' project, USA Today, October 4, 2006
  8. ^ IMDB Press Release, January 19, 2007
  9. ^ White, Kate. "The Time 100: America Ferrera". Time Magazine. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100/article/0,28804,1595326_1595332_1616652,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-26. 
  10. ^ America Ferrera wins an Imagen
  11. ^ Exclusive: ABC Cancels "Ugly Betty", Entertainment Weekly, January 27, 2010

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