America Ferrera is a famous film and television actress, who is most notable for her role as Betty Suarez in the hit television series “Ugly Betty”, as well as her prominent roles in movies such as “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants” and “Our Family Wedding”. A highly skilled and talented actress, America has had the opportunity of working with the best and the brightest of Hollywood, who often praise America for her simplicity and powerful acting.
America has no problem in portraying different roles, making her a very versatile actress. She has received numerous awards and nominations for her acting such as Satellite Awards, ALMA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Award. It is no surprise for her to receive such accolades, as she has been a very talented actress since she was ten years old. In an interview with America, she recalled how at such an early age, she already got into acting:
“Well, I started working in theater when I was quite young. I was probably 8 or 9 or 10, around there. I started acting wherever I could — at school, in a community theater — wherever I could do it, I did it.”
America is also a wonderful producer, and has produced films that connect to the heart of the person to which the movie is shown to. She states in an interview:
“I think it is a rewarding and powerful experience being involved in something from an idea all the way to the big screen. It’s a much different kind of experience than just being an actor… not that being an actor is not an important role as well. I just mean it’s much more involved when you’re a producer. It feels like a real labor of love.”
One of the things that inspire us about America is her security and confidence in who she is. In the world of Hollywood where almost every woman is so concerned about being skinny or too slim, America shows no insecurity despite being quite ‘meatier’ (as most would term) compared to her fellow actresses.
This security is what enabled America to successfully play roles that other actresses would not even dare to, and given her a connection to a lot of teenage women who keep sending thank you letters to America for being an inspiration to them. In an interview with her, America discussed the issue with the body in many of the young women in America:
“I think the body image thing, everybody can identify with that. In our culture there’s just so much pressure and so much attention placed on the way we look. You just turn on the TV or flip open a magazine and there’s people who don’t look like any of us. I think this movie is like, finally, a celebration of reality and of our imperfections. We’re not all a size 2 and we’re not all a size 0, and you know what? That’s OK, because some of us like to eat!”
Another trait that makes America extraordinary is the way she handled discrimination in her life. Being born into a Latin American family, she has witnessed and personally experienced racial discrimination. She says in an interview:
“There is this (older) generation that taught their kids to be color blind and yet have not really embodied that and then the generation that truly is. I’m not gonna say that everyone in my generation is (color blind). That’s just not true but the way that the people I know and the people my age move in and out of cultural experiences and are in multi-racial relationships, that sort of racism is not a part of our language.”
And yet, in spite of the racism that she has witnessed and experienced, America has amazingly managed to let it pass and not let herself be brought down by what other people are saying. Throughout her career, America’s resilience and optimistic personality has enabled her to become the successful actress that she is today.
America’s perspective on life is inspiring as she does not place any limits to herself. She is never afraid to get into something new, and keeps on challenging herself to move higher and higher not just in her career, but in her life overall. This has enabled her to take on challenging roles and successfully develop her as an outstanding actress. In an interview made with America, she states:
“I try not to put any rules or boundaries on what the next thing will be. I try not to plan what I’d like to be doing. Life always goes in the completely opposite way. I’m just sort of open to good stuff, good work, and good characters. I don’t know what form that’s going to come in next, whether it’s theater, film, or television… or who knows? I’m just staying open and hopeful that I will continue to either find or create meaningful work.”
But apart from all of the successes that she has received in her show business career, what makes America a wonderful inspiration is her active work as a philanthropist. Aside from actively supporting over ten charitable organizations around the world, America has even started her own foundation, America4America, which aims to fight poverty and suffering in the United States by promoting the rights of every American citizen, no matter what race they may be from. She is also an advocate of the famous Half the Sky movement, and has appeared in one of the movement’s documentaries, where she worked with the women of Africa.
America typifies the kind of woman that many look up today, due to her perseverance and diligence in seeing her dreams come to pass. Her life story is an amazing inspiration to all of us to believe that we can fulfill our dreams if we are willing to believe.