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America Ferrera Marks 20 Years Since Her 'First Day as a Working Actress'

It’s a big day for America Ferrera!

On Friday (April 23), the 37-year-old actress took to her Instagram to celebrate her 20-year career as an actress, reflecting on her first ever role in the Disney Channel original movie Gotta Kick It Up!, which was released in 2002.

“20 years ago today was my first day as a working actress 🤯. My mind was blown that my dream was becoming a reality,” America started her post. “I was being PAID 🤯 to act and dance in a Disney Channel Movie called Gotta Kick It Up! I couldn’t believe I was rehearsing with real dancers and choreographers, that all the snacks were free, and that my wardrobe fitting was on the famous Warner Brothers lot where I spotted George Clooney playing basketball and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston hanging out in the door of his trailer 🤯🤯🤯!!”

“I soaked up every moment of being on that set with @camilleguaty @suilma #sabrinawiener & #jhoannaflores because the truth was I had no idea if I’d ever get the chance to do it again,” America continued. “I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us. #AF20 #gottakickitup #20years”

Since starring in Gotta Kick It Up!, America has had roles in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ugly Betty, Superstore, the How to Train Your Dragon movie franchise, among many more. For her role in Ugly Betty, America won her first Emmy award and Golden Globe award.

If yo missed it, America Ferrera will be directing this next Netflix project!

America Ferrera Returning to 'Superstore' for Series Finale!

Huge news for fans of Superstore amid the bittersweet news that the show will be ending later this month…America Ferrera is returning!

The one-hour Superstore series finale will air on Thursday, March 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and it was just revealed that she will definitely be returning for the farewell. ET has the photo of America‘s official return.

It was announced back in December of 2020 that the show would be ending this year. But don’t worry…there IS a spinoff in the works!

Be sure to see which shows NBC has renewed and which shows NBC has cancelled so far this year.

Be sure to tune into the Superstore series finale later this month on NBC.

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America Ferrera Will Direct 'I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter' For Netflix

America Ferrera is making her feature directorial debut!

The 36-year-old former Superstore actress is set to helm I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter for Netflix, The Wrap is reporting.

An adaptation of the Erika L. Sánchez‘s novel, the movie will center on Julia Reyes, the teenage daughter of first generation Mexican immigrants who often clashes with her traditional parents and her sister Olga, who fits the model of the perfect Mexican daughter.

When Olga is killed in an accident, it is rebellious Julia who must hold the family together.

“Years ago, I fell in love with Erika L. Sánchez’s stunning novel,” America shared in a statement on the movie. “The depth, wit and searing intelligence of her writing, and her young Latina heroine, struck me to my core and left me wanting so much more.”

Previously, America got behind the camera on two episodes of Superstore, which is ending this spring.

Just before 2021 arrived, America reflected on her 2020 in a social media post. See why she’s grateful for it here…

These Two 'Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' Stars Celebrated NYE Together!

Two of the stars of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants rang in 2021 together!

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and Amber Tamblyn created a “coronavirus” pod with their families to celebrate New Year’s Eve all together on Thursday night (December 31).

Amber, 37, took to her Instagram to share a video while dancing and singing in festive hats with America, 36.

“We laughed. We cried. We shared a pod. And got our kids down by 8pm,” Amber captioned the post. “And ate pizza and brownies. And drank a considerable amount of cocktails. And threw ourselves a prom in the storage unit of our basement so we wouldn’t wake up said kids.”

“And sang Zhané at the top of our lungs like wild teenagers,” she continued. “And in the morning begged our husbands to get up with the kids so we could sleep off the hangover. (Okay, maybe only I did that.) #SisterhoodOfTheTravelingPod #2021″

America also shared a few photos of herself partying in her basement right before the clock struck midnight.

“1 hour left 2020!!! Then you gots to get the steppin!” America wrote on Instagram. “Happy New Year from our basement dance party 😘”

After starring in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants back in 2005 and the sequel in 2008, America and Amber have stayed super close with their co-stars Blake Lively and Alexis Bledel and still hang out all the time.

Last year, Amber revealed which actress gets the “most lit” when they all hang out!

America Ferrera Looks Back at Everything That's Happened to Her in 2020

America Ferrera has had quite a year!

The 36-year-old Ugly Betty star took to her Instagram on Wednesday (December 30) to look back at everything that’s happened to her this year, while also talking about navigating motherhood through the pandemic.

“This was the year I…had my baby girl during a pandemic 🤱🏻 learned to mother two children at once (during a pandemic) 🤦🏻‍♀️ pumped a lot of breast milk while exhausted out of my mind had very little quality time with my husband but managed to sneak away to celebrate our 15 year anniversary ❤️” America started.

“Had my last Superstore table read (a couple times) and also realized I ignored @benmfeldman sweet hug cause I was so emotional. 🥲” America continued. “Said goodbye to How to Train Your Dragon after 12 years 😭 introduced @Gentefied and it’s unbelievably talented cast and crew to the world!🥳 launched @she_sepuede with an incredible gang of Powerhouse Latinas! 💪🏽 did whatever I could to Get Out The Vote (btw, go vote Georgia)🗳 saved a lot of money doing my own glam for Zoom💄”

She concluded: “2020- you were a worthy challenger. I never liked you girl but I respected you, and above all, I’m grateful grateful grateful for the good you gave me- health & safety, time with my family, a deep appreciation for community and brighter days ahead. #2020 #thiswastheyear.”

Last week, America got candid about raising her kids with husband Ryan Piers Williams – daughter Lucia, who arrived in May and 2-year-old son Sebastian – amid the pandemic.

America Ferrera Gets Candid About Working at Home With Two Kids Amid Pandemic

America Ferrera is opening up about life at home.

The 36-year-old actress got candid about raising her kids with husband Ryan Piers Williams – daughter Lucia, who arrived in May and 2-year-old son Sebastian – amid the pandemic in an interview with People.

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“Oh my goodness, it’s a world’s difference. Everything’s been so compounded by the pandemic and by quarantine, and truly not being able to have the extended network of family and friends that one would normally have when you bring a new baby home to hold the baby and give you a break or to help. My son went everywhere with me. I went back to work when he was only 10 weeks old and I would hand him to like a camera grip. I’d be like, ‘You hold him. I’ve got to go over here,’” she said.

“Whenever there is an occasion for a new face, she just bursts into tears. She doesn’t know what to do with new faces, so hopefully she’s young enough that this will all start to get better before it can really start to stick with her,” she said of her newborn daughter.

“I could never have imagined that we would be growing the family in this circumstance, but it’s also been wonderful because it has forced us to to really just spend time as a family of four and really get our rhythm of just being our little family. As challenging as the year has been, I think there will be a lot of fond memories of this time of really having to slow down and take the time to be together and sink into family life.”

Find out more about how she celebrated her son’s birthday in quarantine.

Every Vote Counts Election 2020 Special - Celebrity Lineup Revealed!

Global Citizen‘s Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy special is airing tonight (October 29) – and it’s a star-studded affair!

The event promises to honor and celebrate the power of voting through music, dance, art and dialogue. Artists, musicians, performers, and community leaders will come together for a bipartisan celebration of American democracy, with the goal to uplift the power of civic action and celebrate the precious value of every single citizen’s right to vote.

The show will be hosted by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera and Kerry Washington, with appearances from Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Cobie Smulders, Coldplay, Condoleezza Rice, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, Shaquille O’Neal, Tan France, Wilmer Valderrama and more with performances by Alicia Keys, Dan + Shay, Offset and Shawn Mendes.

The show will air on CBS and will be streamed via CBS All Access on Thursday (October 29) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The special will also be available via the following platforms: iHeartMedia radio stations and app, Apple Music, Apple TV App, Amazon Music, Twitch, NowThis, YouTube, Twitter, TIDAL and Facebook, with more still to be announced.

And if you haven’t yet, find out how to vote!