America Ferrera stars as Amy, Cloud 9's intelligent and responsible floor supervisor. Ferrera also serves as a producer on the series.
Ferrera is an award-winning actress and producer, perhaps best known for her breakthrough role as Betty Suarez on the hit comedy Ugly Betty. For her performance on the show, Ferrera was recognized with Golden Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as ALMA and Imagen Awards.
Other screen credits include police drama End of Watch, co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick and Michael Peña; It's a Disaster, alongside Julia Stiles and David Cross; popular YA title The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (parts 1 and 2); the critically acclaimed biographical drama film Lords of Dogtown, directed by Catherine Hardwicke; as well as festival entries The Dry Land and How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer.
On stage, Ferrera starred in Terrence McNally's off-Broadway production "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" in 2014. In 2013, she appeared as Crystal in Laura Marks' off-Broadway play "Bethany" and in 2011 Ferrera starred as Roxie Hart in the West End production of the hit musical "Chicago" for an eight-week run. She also appeared off-Broadway in "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead," directed by Trip Cullman.
Ferrera first garnered attention as one of Hollywood's most vibrant young talents with her starring role in the Patricia Cardoso film Real Women Have Curves. Her performance earned her a Sundance Jury Award for Best Actress, an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance and a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance for a Leading Young Actress.
Ferrera served as ambassador on the campaign America4America, joining Voto Latino, the leading non-partisan national youth empowerment organization. The campaign, which engaged people across the country in online conversations, featured Ferrera discussing issues related to voter ID laws, education and immigration. Ferrera was the face of the initiative for the 2012 election. Ferrera also served as an artist ambassador for Save the Children and traveled to West Africa, where she raised funds to build a school in southern Mali. She has dedicated her time to the organization ONE in support of women facing the challenges of extreme poverty.
Behind the scenes, Ferrera has started her own television and film production company, Take Fountain.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ferrera is the youngest of six children. A graduate of the University of Southern California, the actress studied international relations while pursuing her career in film and television. Follow her on Twitter at @AmericaFerrera