America Ferrera

America meets children of prostitutes in India

The star of Ugly Betty and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has served as an artist ambassador for the global humanitarian organization Save the Children. She traveled to India with Nicholas Kristof to visit Urmi Basu and the New Light shelter.

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America Ferrera in India

Photo by David Smoler

America Ferrera is perhaps best known for her fearless portrayal of ‘Betty Suarez’ on ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty. This breakthrough role has earned Ferrera an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards.

Ferrera secured her place as one of Hollywood’s most vibrant young talents with her starring role in the Patricia Cardoso film Real Women Have Curves, which earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best Actress.

She is about to begin production on Kier Pearson’s adaptation of Chavez, directed by Diego Luna, starring opposite Michael Pena. Ferrera recently wrapped production on David Ayer’s End of Watch opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, and Todd Berger’s It’s a Disaster opposite Julia Stiles and David Cross. In early 2012, she finished an eight-week run starring as Roxie Hart in the hit musical Chicago, and was seen in a recurring role on the second season of the CBS hit series The Good Wife.

She was last seen in Ryan Piers Williams’ The Dry Land, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and which she executive-produced. Other feature film work includes Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon and Warner Brothers’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 and 2.

Ferrera served as an artist ambassador for the global humanitarian organization Save the Children. She traveled to India with Nicholas Kristof to visit Urmi Basu and the New Light shelter.

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