America Ferrera was born on April 18, 1984, in Los Angeles, Calif. The daughter of Honduran immigrants, she started acting in community theaters and school plays at the age of eight. Her film debut was in "Real Women Have Curves," where she won best actress at the Sundance Film Festival. America is also known for her role of Carmen in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." She attended the University of Southern California.Few aspiring actresses could ever hope to experience the early career success of Ugly Betty starlet America Ferrera. In the scant four years after earning a Sundance Jury Award, an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and a Young Artist Award nomination for her role as a first-generation Mexican-American girl teetering on the cusp of womanhood for Real Women Have Curves, the hardworking actress rose quickly through the ranks to become one of television's brightest young stars.