October 14, 2016


Future Hispanic History Month: America Ferrera's Push For Change

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At Fuse, we're celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with Future Hispanic History Month, highlighting rising stars who are creating history before our very eyes. Today, we salute America Ferrera, who's getting people voting to change the country.

Ferrera grew up in Los Angeles with Honduras-born parents and paid her way through acting classes by waiting tables. Soon enough, she landed a role in Disney Channel's Gotta Kick It Up! and from there, she starred in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies, among many other movies, and became synonymous with Ugly Betty by playing the ABC comedy's lead role.

Ferrera became the first Latina to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Ugly Betty. Along with winning Golden Globe and SAG awards for the part too, the U.S. House of Representatives honored her for being a role model for young Hispanic people.

And while the actor keeps working to further her own career, she's working on furthering the success of America as well. The country, that is. Ferrera is highly involved with Voto Latino, an organization that informs and encourages young people to vote. She also spoke at the Democratic National Convention this year.

Ferrera is currently starring in NBC's Superstore. The comedy, on which she also has production duties, has just been renewed for a second season.