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Born: Apr. 18, 1984 Los Angeles, California, USA
America Georgina Ferrera was born on April 18th, 1984 in Los Angeles, California. Interested in performing from a very young age, she acted in school plays and community theatre despite concerns from her mother who thought she wouldn’t be treated fairly and wanted her to pursue other interests.
America graduated from the University of California, earning a degree in International Relations while still pursuing her acting dreams. After a long audition process, Ferrera made her feature film debut in 2002’s Real Women Have Curves. Her next project that same year was a made-for-TV movie called Gotta Kick It Up!
In 2004, Ferrera kept busy with the TV movie $5.15/Hr., Darkness Minus Twelve, the TV movie Plainsong with Aidan Quinn and Rachel Griffiths, and an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The next year was also a busy one for America as she appeared in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn, Lords of Dogtown with Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger, How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer and 3:52.
In 2006, she appeared in Steel City with John Heard and landed the series that would make her a household name. She played the title role in the Salma Hayek-produced Ugly Betty, which was based on the Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea. The show, whose ensemble featured Vanessa Williams, Eric Mabius, Ana Ortiz, Becki Newton, Michael Urie, Tony Plana and Rebecca Romijn, was an instant hit and earned Ferrera an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 2008, she reteamed with her denim-loving friends for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
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