BiographyAmerica Ferrera stars as Amy, Cloud 9's intelligent and responsible floor supervisor on NBC's hit comedy "Superstore." She also serves as an executive producer on the series and occasionally directs.
Ferrera is an award-winning actress and producer known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on ABC's hit comedy "Ugly Betty." For her performance, Ferrera was recognized with a Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards.
Ferrera recently edited "American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures," a vibrant and varied collection of first-person accounts from prominent figures about the experience of growing up between cultures in America. The anthology also includes essays by Ferrera, sharing her own perspective of growing up the daughter of Honduran immigrants in Los Angeles. Contributors to the book include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Roxane Gay, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani, Congressman Joaquin Castro, Kal Penn, Uzo Aduba, Jenny Zhang, Michelle Kwan, Padma Lakshmi and many others.
Ferrera will soon lend her vocal talents as Astrid in "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," set for release in March.
In 2017, Ferrera worked as one of the driving forces alongside other powerful women in Hollywood to establish the "Time's Up" movement that addresses the systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that has kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential. Powered by women, the organization has partnered with leading advocates for equality and safety to improve laws, employment agreements and corporate policies.
In 2016, alongside husband Ryan Piers Williams and Wilmer Valderrama, Ferrera founded Harness, which connects communities through conversation to inspire action and power change. The organization is a community of artists, influencers and grassroots leaders that provide education and engagement opportunities to amplify the work of organizations and individuals working on behalf of social justice. Harness has partnered with multi-platform content companies, such as Hearst Media and NBC Entertainment, to amplify stories of activism and social justice.
Ferrera spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016 on behalf of women's rights and immigration in support of Hillary Clinton. She was a chair for the Artists' Committee for the Women's March on Washington and spoke at the historic Women's March the day after the 2017 presidential inauguration.
Ferrera has extended her activism on screen in several television documentaries, including the EPIX TV miniseries "America Divided," Showtime's groundbreaking documentary "The Years of Living Dangerously" and Nicholas Kristof's series for PBS, titled "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide."
Some of Ferrera's television and film credits include a memorable arc on the CBS hit "The Good Wife," Ricky Gervais' "Special Correspondents," Ryan Piers Williams' drama "X/Y," (which she co-produced and co-starred), Diego Luna's biopic "Cesar Chavez" (ALMA Award Special achievement in Film), David Ayer's crime thriller "End of Watch," Ryan Piers Williams' "The Dry Land" (Best International Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival), "It's a Disaster," "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (parts 1 and 2)," "Real Women Have Curves," "Lords of Dogtown" and "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" among many others.
On stage, she has appeared Off Broadway in Terrence McNally's "Lips Together, Teeth Apart," Laura Marks' "Bethany" and "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," directed by Trip Cullman. She co-starred as Roxie Hart in the West End production of the hit musical "Chicago."
In 2006, Ferrera founded her own television and film production company, Take Fountain.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ferrera is the youngest of six children. As a graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrera studied International Relations while pursuing her career in film and television.
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Movies in the Spotlight
2010 - Streaming on Netflix
In this mind-bending Sci‑Fi thriller, a man runs an espionage business built around entering the subconscious of his targets to mold their thoughts.
This Oscar-winning Sci‑Fi thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio was the worldwide fourth-highest-grossing movie of 2010.
2015 (2h 7m) - Streaming on Netflix
Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a young impoverished woman, learns she's been predestined to change the fate of the universe after Caine (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered hunter locates her thus making her aware of the great destiny that awaits her. Jupiter's genetic signature marks her as the next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
1989 (2h 7m) - Streaming on Netflix
Accompanied by his father, Indiana Jones sets off on his third adventure to explore the cradle of civilization on a perilous hunt for the Holy Grail.
Sean Connery joins Harrison Ford in this spirited adventure, the highest-grossing film worldwide of 1989.
Shows in the Spotlight
2017 Series - Streaming on Amazon
In 1958 New York, Midge Maisel's life is on track: husband, kids, and elegant Yom Kippur dinners in their Upper West Side apartment. But when her life takes a surprise turn, she has to quickly decide what else she's good at - and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her.
Winner of 8 Emmy Awards. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls).
2011 Series - Streaming on Netflix
Still rebounding from a breakup, Jessica Day moves in with three single guys, all of whom are ready to help her understand the ways of the world. Zooey Deschanel stars as single schoolteacher Jessica Day, who moves in with three guys after having her heart broken by her latest beau.
Zooey Deschanel brings out her offbeat charm in this sitcom about a quirky teacher and three male roomies.
2016 Series - Streaming on Netflix
Due to an error, self-absorbed Eleanor Shellstrop arrives at the Good Place after her death. Determined to stay, she tries to become a better person. When Eleanor dies and winds up in an afterlife paradise reserved for only the most ethical people, she realizes she's been mistaken for somebody else. This wacky afterlife comedy won a Critics' Choice TV Award.