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America Ferrera Almost Quit Acting. Here’s Why

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In a recent interview with The Frame’s John Horn, America Ferrera opened up about the struggles she’s faced to combine her love of acting with her passion for activism. These days, America has been definitely been able to spread awareness on a variety of issues, but getting to this point took years of soul-soul searching. America explains the professional and personal evolution she went through to get to where she is today. Here are a few quotes from that 13-minute interview, but I urge you to check out the entire interview via The Frame. It’s definitely a great listening experience for anyone facing a similar situation.

On her early career.

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“When I was 16 years old, auditioning for jobs, I wasn’t thinking about representing anyone. I was thinking about, you know, getting a job, and getting to do what I loved to do.”

On how “Real Women Have Curves” influenced her.

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“With the first film I ever did, “Real Women Have Curves”, I just noticed that it was an opportunity to represent people, and to create representations that don’t exist out there. And so that very quickly became part of the math for me.”

On how she’s using her producer role to create opportunities.

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“I think who I am as a person, and who I am as a storyteller, I very much take that into consideration. And especially now as a producer, somebody who’s out there, y’know, trying to enable certain stories to come through, I’m absolutely thinking about all those things. How do I create more accurate, more authentic representations of people who don’t get to be seen.”

On those who paved the way for her career.

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“I happened to be in the right place at the right time to play Anna in “Real Women Have Curves” or Betty Suarez in “Ugly Betty.” I realized how fortunate I am and who had to come before me and play 200 maids so that I could step in and play “Ugly Betty” on broadcast television. And I do think that there is so much work that needs to be done.

On how she combines activism and entertainment.

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“I think it’s the artist’s role to reflect the world we live in, to represent people and stories and voices […] it is the role of the artist to push culture and society forward, to push us towards progress, and not just merely reflect what we see in some sort of neutral way, if neutral is even possible in this day and age.”

[HT] America Ferrera nearly quit acting to be an activist — now she does both


READ: 7 Great America Ferrera Clapbacks Of 2016

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9 J.Lo Songs That Perfectly Narrate 9 Situations

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9 J.Lo Songs That Perfectly Narrate 9 Situations

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If it were up to me, my life would come with background music. I’d want a song to complement every moment of my day — the good, the bad and the muy, muy feo. On top of that, every tune has to be a J.Lo one. Why? Because she’s a badass who slays everything. So, check out the soundtrack to my life compiled entirely of Jennifer Lopez songs. Get ready to laugh, cry and, of course, dance.

Primer Amor: “If You Had My Love”

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I know, I know, first-love songs are usually all sweet and romantic. But if there’s one thing I learned from J.Lo, it’s that even at your most vulnerable of moments, you need to let him know WHAT’S UP.

First Breakup: “Qué Hiciste”

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We’ve all been there. The sadness, the endless cases of Ben & Jerry’s, the serious crying sessions with mami (as she feeds you pounds of good ol’ comfort food like enchiladas and chile rellenos). Jennifer understands.

When You’re Trying To Get Over Him But He’s Playing Nice: “No Me Ames”

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Ugh! Just when you thought you were getting over him, he surprises you with sweet gestures. How are you supposed to move on this way?! J.Lo is probably the only one that gets you when you say don’t love me.

When You Land Your Dream Job: “Jenny From The Block”

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You KNOW this moment. When you get the call that you landed your dream gig and you feel like you’re literally la reina del mundo. But, a true queen always holds on to her roots… even if they’re not from the Bronx.

When You Finally Feel Like A Grown-Ass Woman: “I’m Real”

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Everyone has that moment when you actually feel like you’re adulting for reals. This moment could be triggered by anything: cooking your first meal, making your first adult purchase (like a couch or vacuum), doing your taxes on time, etc. So, blast this canción and get on with your grown-up self.

When You’re Out With The Girls & Feeling Fly AF: “On The Floor”

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I don’t know if it’s the alcohol, the música, or the fierce outfit, but there are some nights when you are straight FEELING yourself.

When You’re Crushing On That Mysterious Vecino: “Papi”

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Somehow, I always manage to turn even the smallest crushes into a full-blown music video in my mind. So of course that guy two apartments down (or the barista at Starbucks) automatically becomes my mysterious future husband who will soon realize I’m his soulmate after he’s done dating all the wrong women.

When Your Night-In Turns Into A Solo Dance Party: “Let’s Get Loud”

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If you’re like me, you reach a point in your life when staying in is just as (if not more) important as getting lit with your girlfriends. I like to call these hibernation sessions my “abuelita nights.” And while it may be intended to relax and knock out early, once wine is involved, I might as well be at the club shaking it on the bar. And nothing gets me turned up in my PJs like this J.Lo number.

When You’re Jus Not Having It: “Ain’t Your Mama”

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‘Cause there are some days when even someone’s breathing makes you want to throw a shoe at them. Take comfort in the fact that J.Lo’s been there, too.



READ: Jennifer Lopez Lets Loose On Carpool Karaoke With James Corden

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