AMERICA FERRERA (HELEN CHAVEZ) 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 recently wrapped production on Ryan Piers Williams' X/Y opposite
Amber Tamblyn, Melonie Diaz and Common. Ferrera also serves as a producer on the
film . Ferrera will next be seen in Diego Luna's biography, Cesar Chavez: An
American Hero, which centers on the civil-rights activist and labor organizer,
Cesar Chavez. Portraying his wife, "Helen Chavez," Ferrera stars opposite
Michael Pena and alongside an impressive cast including Rosario Dawson and
Gabriel Mann. The film is scheduled to premiere at this year's SXSW Festival.
Ferrera will also lend her vocal talents to How To Train Your Dragon 2 which
will be released by Dreamworks on June 13th.
She was last seen in David Ayer's crime thriller, End of Watch co-starring
Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, Michael Pena, and Cody Horn and Todd Berger's
comedy It's a Disaster opposite Julia Stiles and David Cross.
In October 2012, Ferrera was seen 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, delivers 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 Half The Sky series, Ferrera served as
ambassador on a campaign called, "America4America" joining Voto Latino, the
leading non-partisan national youth empowerment organization. The campaign aimed
to reach people across the country by using online content to engage in
conversations with the actress and discusses issues related to voter id laws,
education, and immigration.
Ferrera starred as "Roxie Hart" in the West End production of the hit musical
Chicago for an eight week run that started in November 2011. Earlier that year
she 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
Prior to this, she 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 2010
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 Actress, an
Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance, and a Young
Artist Award nomination for Best Performance for a Leading Young Actress.
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