It might interest you to know that Ugly Betty is not ugly after all but was portrayed by beautiful American actress America Ferrera. While she had already established her credentials as an actress in the movie world, her title role in the popular TV series Ugly Betty gave her career a boost and scored her several prestigious awards including Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Primetime Emmy Award in the Best Actress category.
America Ferrera discovered her love for acting early in life, thus, she started taking part in school stage productions until she made her feature film debut in Real Women Have Curves (2002) to critical acclaim. Hot on the heels of a remarkable debut, the actress backed it up with roles in Gotta Kick It Up! and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in 2002 and 2005 respectively. The latter earned her more awards and recognition.
With much love from fans and the awards, Ferrera had a taste of success right from the early stage of her career and she is seemingly not resting on her oars yet. Consequently, Time Magazine named her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007.
America Ferrera’s Biography
The actress was born on April 18, 1984, as the youngest of six children to América Griselda Ayes and Carlos Gregorio Ferrera. Though she was born in Los Angeles California, her parents’ origin can be traced to Tegucigalpa, Honduras but they moved to the United States in the mid-1970s.
For her early education, Ferrera studied at Calabash Street Elementary School and George Ellery Hale Middle School after which she finished at El Camino Real High School. During her days in school, the actress in her was already manifesting. She got a role in a school production of Hamlet at age 10 and did a lot of other school plays and community theatre while growing, without much support from her mother who wanted her to switch to another career. The actress graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) where she studied on a presidential scholarship and got a double major in theatre and international relations. She initially abandoned her studies to pursue acting but came back later to get her bachelor’s degree in 2013.
Her debut on television came in 2002 with Gotta Kick It Up! while her first feature movie was in Real Women Have Curves, the same year. She continued to take small roles and some major ones until the lead role of Betty Suarez in ABC’s new comedy-drama Ugly Betty came along in 2006 and put her name on the world map. Riding on the wave of the successful series, America Ferrera appeared in more top grossing movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, The Dy Land and Our Family Wedding. The actress also landed more than a few prestigious awards for her acclaimed performance as the lead character in the series.
A committed philanthropist, the Save the Children campaign is one of her ways of giving back to the society. As an ambassador of the campaign, she has visited India to create awareness and support the fight against sex trafficking.
What is her Net Worth?
With her outstanding film exploits and television shows, America Ferrera has gathered a tidy amount of $16 million as her net worth. Her wealth is largely made from her acting career, thanks to roles in popular shows as Ugly Betty.
Family Life, Husband
The actress was born to parents – América Griselda Ayes and Carlos Gregorio Ferrera as the youngest among her six siblings. Her parents got divorced when she was just 7 after which her father relocated to Honduras where he died in 2010.
While there is hardly any information about her past love life Ferrera has only been married once as far as available details are concerned. The actress and actor, director, and writer Ryan Piers Williams met and got acquainted when they worked together in a student film at USC. They got engaged in June 2010 after dating for a while and later tied the knot on June 27, 2011.
Though we are yet to see their children, it won’t be a long wait as the couple dropped the news on December 31, 2017 – Ferrera is already carrying their first child.