Lift Up the Next Generation, America Ferrera
America Ferrera is glad she’s gotten roles that bring more dimension to Latina characters, but she knows there’s a long way to go create more opportunities.
AMERICA FERRERA: I think the idea of being the first-- it's not the whole story, you know. I often think about the women who came before me who had to take on roles that were demeaning and not dimensional, and they lived and died that way. In Real Women Have Curves, Lupe Ontiveros played my mother, and I often think of her as one of the many mothers in my life because she looked at me and knew that my experience in this industry was going to be very different from the one she had.
When I start to doubt, you know, are we really making progress, are we really taking steps forward, are we making it easier for the generation behind us, I think about her and I think about how lucky I am that the opportunities I have have come to me, and also how much work there is to do so that it gets better for the next generation.