Ferrera starred alongside David Cross and Julia Stiles in the dark comedy It's a Disaster, which premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival and had a limited commercial release on April 12, 2013.

She provided the voice of Astrid the Viking in the Dream Works animated film How to Train Your Dragon (2010), and reprised the role in its sequel, and the television series based on the film.

She co-produces and stars in the comedy series Superstore (2015-present) which premiered on NBC.

who has more to offer the world than just a pretty picture.

To me, the tragedy about this whole image-obsessed society is that young girls get so caught up in just achieving that they forget to realize that they have so much more to offer the world.

Later that year, she featured in the movie Steel City, which received nominations at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival.

In 2006, Ferrera landed the lead role of Betty Suarez in ABC's new comedy drama Ugly Betty, an adaptation of the successful Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, in which Ferrera portrays a girl whom her peers find extremely unattractive, thus the series title.

Ferrera garnered wide recognition for Ugly Betty and her subsequent roles and has been dubbed as a "role model" for the young Hispanic women owing to her achievements in the entertainment industry.

Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007.

Ferrera starred as Carmen in the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and reprised the role in 2008's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

Among other film work, she supplied the voice of Astrid in the hit animated film How to Train Your Dragon (2010).

Born in Los Angeles, California, to Honduran parents, Ferrera developed an interest in acting at a young age performing in several stage productions at her school.