America Ferrera Talks Confidence, Voting & More in Cosmo for Latinas Fall/Winter 2012
Ugly Betty star America Ferrera covers Cosmopolitan for Latinas‘ Fall/Winter 2012 issue, which is on newsstands now. Photographed by Yu Tsai and styled by Annie Ladino, America is wearing a sexy blue leopard print dress by Dolce & Gabbana.
For her feature, the Honduran actress talks about staying confident, standing your ground, and her Latina upbringing. She also dishes on her favorite food — platanos, music — reggaetón, and curse words — coño and hijo de puta!
On worrying about her looks:
“How much time have I wasted on diets and what I look like? People are saying ‘We love you and love what you do’ and you’re sitting there thinking ‘I’m not skinny enough or pretty enough.’ It’s taken a lot of work to get over that.”
Why she fights so hard against attempts to keep Latinos from voting:
“I was in Arizona speaking to a group of young people who are documented and have every right to be here and they live in fear of being harassed because of what they look like,” she says. “The human reaction is to recoil, to keep your head down and stay out of trouble. But what we should be doing is raising our voices.”
What her household was like:
“I definitely come from a challenging background socio-economically and I wasn’t ever sheltered from that. But I wanted to stay young. I wasn’t in a hurry to have sex or do drugs. I remember being afraid to even kiss a boy.”
Ferrera currently has her hands on a ton of projects, including the filming of her role in Chavez — a biography of civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez, where she’ll play his wife, Helen.