You might be interested to know that Ugly Betty is not ugly after all, but was portrayed by the beautiful American actress America Ferrera. While she had already established herself in the film world as an actress, her title role in the popular television series Ugly Betty gave her career a boost and earned her several prestigious awards, including the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Primetime Emmy Award in the Best Actress category.
America Ferrera discovered her love of acting at an early age, and so she began working in school stage productions until she made her feature film debut in Real Women Have Curves (2002) with great success. Following a remarkable debut, the actress underpinned her debut with roles in Gotta Kick It Up! and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2002) and 2005, the latter earning her further awards and recognition.
With much love from fans and awards, Ferrera had a taste of success at the beginning of her career, and it seems that she is not yet resting on her oars. As a result, in 2007 Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
America Ferrera’s Biography
The actress was born on April 18, 1984, as the youngest of six children of América Griselda Ayes and Carlos Gregorio Ferrera. Although she was born in Los Angeles, California, her parents’ origins can be traced back to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, but they moved to the United States in the mid-1970s.
Ferrera received her early education at Calabash Street Elementary School and George Ellery Hale Middle School, which she subsequently completed at El Camino Real High School. The actress manifested herself in her during her school days. At the age of 10, she got a role in a school play of Hamlet and played many other school plays and community theater during her adolescence, without much support from her mother who wanted her to change careers. The actress graduated from the University of Southern California (USC), where she studied on a presidential scholarship and completed a double degree in theater and international relations. She initially dropped out of her studies to devote herself to acting, but later returned to study for her bachelor’s degree in 2013.
She made her television debut in 2002 with Gotta Kick It Up! and her first feature film in the same year was Real Women Have Curves. She continued to play small roles and a few big ones until 2006 when Betty Suarez starred in ABC’s new comedy-drama Ugly Betty and put her name on the world map. Riding the wave of the successful series, America Ferrera appeared in other first-rate movies such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, The Dy Land, and Our Family Wedding. The actress also received more than a few prestigious awards for her acclaimed role as the lead actress in the series.
As a dedicated philanthropist, the Save the Children campaign is one of her ways to give back to society. As an ambassador for the campaign, she has visited India to raise awareness and support the fight against the sex trade.
Family Life, Husband
The actress was born by her parents – América Griselda Ayes and Carlos Gregorio Ferrera – as the youngest of her six siblings. Her parents divorced when she was just 7 years old, after which her father moved to Honduras, where he died in 2010.
Although there is little information about her past love life, for all available details Ferrera was married only once. She met actress and actor, director, and author Ryan Piers Williams when they worked together on a student film at USC. They got engaged in June 2010 after being together for a while and formed the bond of marriage on June 27, 2011.
Even though we won’t see their children yet, it won’t be long, because the couple dropped the news on December 31, 2017 – Ferrera is already carrying her first child.
What is her Net Worth?
With her outstanding films and television shows, America Ferrera has accumulated a substantial amount of $16 million as her net worth. She owes her wealth mainly to her acting career, thanks to roles in popular shows like Ugly Betty.