America Ferrera, Netflix’s Newest Film Director

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America Ferrera is a renowned actress, having won both Emmy’s and Golden Globes. Now, she is on a different goal: to direct films. She will be directing the book-turned-movie, “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.”

Written by Erika Sanchez, the story made it to the New York Times bestselling novels, and Sanchez will join Ferrera as co-producer of the film alongside Anonymous Content and MACRO. Lina Yvette Chavez, the co-creator of Gentefied, was chosen for the screenplay. 

The movie’s plot is about a girl who, after losing her sibling, embarks on a journey of personal discovery. However, finding yourself isn’t an easy task growing up in a Mexican American home, under stereotypes and family pressure.

Julia Reyes, the main character, is an independent, no remorse, first-generation teenager from Mexican immigrants. Being a rebel is tough, and Julia often finds herself in the middle of an argument with her parents, who wish she behaved more like her sister, Olga. In an unexpected turn of events, Olga dies, and Julia is the glue holding the family together.

In an interview, America Ferrera said, “Years ago, I fell in love with Erika L. Sánchez’s stunning novel, ‘I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. The depth, wit, and searing intelligence of her writing, and her young Latina heroine, struck me to my core and left me wanting so much more.”

“I am truly honored and humbled to direct Linda Yvette Chávez’s beautifully adapted screenplay,” Ferrera added. “The opportunity to direct the work of these two incredibly talented Latina writers is a dream come true. I can’t wait to share this film with the many fans of the novel and to introduce this funny, profound, and resonant story to the world.”

Ferrera has dabbled in directing before, but this is her first official gig as a film director. Previously, she directed episodes of ‘Superstore,’ an NBC show she also starred in. Her most famous role is ‘Ugly Betty,’ and ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.’ 

Aside from her acting and directing, America Ferrera is a co-founder of the “Time’s Up” movement and an avid speaker during the Biden/Harris and the Georgia Senate campaigns. Lastly, she co-founded the She Se Puede organization that helps provide resources to the Latina community. So yeah, America Ferrera isn’t only an actress; she’s a badass too.