America Ferrera is an award-winning actress and producer known for her breakthrough role as “Betty
Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty. For her performance, Ferrera was awarded a Golden Globe®,
an Emmy®, and a Screen Actors Guild Award®, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards.
Ferrera most recently produced, directed and starred in the NBC workplace comedy, Superstore, which
will premiere it’s sixth season on October 29, 2020. She also executive produced and directed episodes
of NETFLIX’s new Latinx Dramedy, Gentefied. Described as a badass Spanglish series about family,
Gentefied follows three Mexican-American cousins and their struggle to chase the American Dream. The
series embodies community, brown love and the feeling of displacement and was picked up for a second
season on May 18th, 2020.
In 2018, Ferrera released her first book landing on the New York Times best-seller list. American Like Me
is a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of
growing up between cultures in America. Curated and edited by Ferrera, the anthology includes essays
that share her own perspective of growing up as the daughter of Honduran immigrants in Los Angeles.
Contributors to the book include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roxane Gay, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani,
Congressman Joaquin Castro, Kal Penn, Uzo Aduba, Jenny Zhang, Michelle Kwan, Padma Lakshmi and
A longtime activist, Ferrera recently launched She Se Puede alongside Eva Longoria Bastón and other
Latina Leaders on August 31, 2020. She Se Puede is a digital lifestyle community and non-profit built to
inspire, affirm, and inform Latinas so they can leverage their power to transform their lives, their families,
their community and their nation. In addition to She Se Puede, she organized the ‘Letter of Solidarity’ with
Eva as a response to the El Paso, Texas shooting in 2019. Over 200 Latinx community leaders signed,
urging others to turn this time of despair into a time of action.
In 2017, she worked as one of the driving forces alongside other powerful women in Hollywood to
establish the TIME’S UP movement. The movement addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the
workplace that has kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. Ferrera also cofounded
HARNESS, with her husband Ryan Piers Williams and Wilmer Valderrama, in 2016. HARNESS
is a community of artists, influencers and grassroots leaders that provides education and engagement
opportunities to amplify the organizations and individuals working on behalf of social justice.
Ferrera spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on behalf of women’s rights and
immigration in support of Hillary Clinton. She was also a chair for the Artists’ Committee for the Women’s
March on Washington and spoke at the historic Women’s March the day after the 2017 Presidential
Inauguration. Her activism has even extended on screen in several television documentaries
including the EPIX TV mini-series, America Divided, Showtime’s groundbreaking documentary, The Years
of Living Dangerously, and Nicholas Kristof’s series for PBS Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into
Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
Some of Ferrera’s television and film credits include a memorable arc on the CBS hit The Good Wife; Ricky
Gervais’ Special Correspondents; Ryan Piers Williams’ drama X/Y, which she co-produced and starred in;
Diego Luna’s biopic, Cesar Chavez, (ALMA Award Special achievement in Film); David Ayer’s crime
thriller End of Watch; Ryan Piers Williams’ The Dry Land, (Best International Film Edinburgh Film Festival);
It’s a Disaster; Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (parts 1 and 2); Real Women Have Curves; Lords of
Dogtown; How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, among many others. She lends her vocal talents to
the Oscar® nominated franchise films How to Train Your Dragon as Astrid.
On stage, she has appeared off-Broadway in Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Laura Marks’
Bethany; and Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, directed by Trip Cullman. She graced
the stage as Roxie Hart in the West End production of the hit musical, Chicago.
In 2006, Ferrera founded her own television and film production company, Take Fountain.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ferrera is the youngest of six children. As a graduate of the University of
Southern California, Ferrera studied International Relations while pursuing her film and television career.