“I was Hollywood’s version of imperfect, which seems so ridiculous."
With her recent roles in Barbie and Dumb Money proving that she has the range — and more — America Ferrera is reflecting on some of her earlier roles for Elle. Speaking to the magazine for its 2023 Women in Hollywood issue, the actress opened up about how her roles in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Ugly Betty were so focused on her body, and, upon some recent reflection, she noted how "ridiculous" it was for her to be labeled as "imperfect."
“What’s so insane is, you go back and look, and I had a very average-size body. And so the idea that people were looking at me and saying, ‘That’s curvy’ is crazy. Not that I care, but it’s like, that’s insane that we thought that was so groundbreaking,” she said. “I was Hollywood’s version of imperfect, which seems so ridiculous.”
“I don’t feel alone in that either,” she continued. “There are so many women who were called brave, just because they are people in bodies.”
Ferrera went on to say that she's hoping to get roles that don't entirely revolve around how she looks — and hopes that other actresses are also given the same opportunities. As a woman and a Latina actress, she explained that she often gets typecast and is hoping to show audiences that she can tackle anything and everything.
“What I continue to wish for my career, and women’s careers and people of color’s careers, is that we don’t have to exist inside of these boxes or these lanes — that we don’t have to be relegated to represent just the thing that the culture wants us to represent,” she said.
Ferrera added, “I want to be more of who I am as a person, and to get to make art that doesn’t fit into any of the boxes and isn’t about the dominant conversation people have wanted to have about me because I’m a woman who doesn’t fit into stereotypical Hollywood.”
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