America Ferrera on Difference Between 'Ugly Betty' and 'Superstore' Characters | Comedy Actress Roundtable
"Amy on 'Superstore' is so different. She has a job that's just a job and she doesn't seek her validation in it."
"Betty, you could throw anything at her, you can shit on her and she'd just smile and keep going, and that was easy for me to play especially as a 20-something-year-old, who knew that my role as a woman was to make people like me," America Ferrera told The Hollywood Reporter during the Comedy Actress Roundtable while comparing her breakout role to her current role on Superstore.
"My personal success, as much as I wish that equated to a certain broader success and more opportunities for more Latino characters, that's not always necessarily the case," Ferrera told THR. "Fortunately for me, I've established myself to a certain degree, so I'm so lucky that I now get considered outside the box of Latina."
"That's not to say I don't think there hasn't been progress," the actress continued. "There's been progress, but if we don't get in the positions of power, if we can't tell our stories, if we can't write and direct and produce our stories authentically, then those roles and those opportunities that feel new and fresh aren't going to come."
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