Exclusive: America Ferrera Talks'‘How To Train Your Dragon 2' & Working With Her Husband!

Getty Images

Here’s another hashtag you used: #30isawesome.

I was pretty psyched to be turning 30. For some reason, I’ve always looked forward to be turning 30. I just felt that that was when the fun would start for me, and so far that’s been pretty accurate.

There was a picture of cupcakes with the hashtag: #glutenfree.

I am gluten-free so I get really excited whenever I find yummy treats that are gluten-free and people like me, the gluten disabled community, can enjoy.

You were recently on a European art vacation.

Yes. My husband (Ryan Piers Williams) and I took a road trip through France and just stopped in cities that had museums we wanted to go to and we made it a relaxing, but educational art trip.

You just premiered the film, X/Y, at the Tribeca Film Festival.

That’s the film I made with my husband. My husband wrote and directed it and I produced it, and that’s our second feature that we’ve done together. It was a really personal labor of love. It is a relationship film all set in New York and it follows different characters in their own chapters and in their relationship driven lives in New York City. It was a really fast and furious and intense project for us. We’re traveling to different festivals with it now, and hopefully it will be released in the theaters sometime next year.

What have you learned about your husband by working with him?

He’s just so great. Watching him write and direct two feature films now, it just takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there like that. To put words on a blank page and then ask people to join you in telling that story. Seeing it all the way through to the end of the process takes a lot of commitment and a lot of courage to keep going. I know that I would have a lot of moments of doubt of whether or not what I was doing was worth it or if anybody would respond to it. He just put himself out there in a really vulnerable way and I gain a lot of inspiration from that.

You’re always doing fantastic charitable work. What are some of your current projects?

At the moment, there’s a series airing on Showtime called Years of Living Dangerously. It’s a documentary series about climate change and I’m one of the correspondents in one of the episodes about renewable energy sources. It’s a really fantastic documentary that is really strangely very entertaining, but also informative and really beautiful to watch. That’s airing now, which is exciting and I continue to do work with Voto Latino. We’re in an election year in the midterm elections so we’ll be working on registration and getting voters out because we need the Latino community to engage in this voting year.

Share this 
About this author

Jesus Trivino,

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jesús Triviño Alarcón began his professional journalism career at Vibe. At 25, he became editor-in-chief of Fuego, the first national English language Latino men’s magazine, and served as senior editor for Scratch, a magazine dedicated to hip-hop producers and DJs. Since then he has guided the editorial direction for MyNuvoTV.com, the online component of the Latino lifestyle cable network, and BET.com's music shows and specials including 106 & Park. Additionally, he has written and reported for the NY Daily News, SLAM, The Source, XXL, Inked, SOHH.com, People.com, Essence.com, and many more. In his 13-year career he’s interviewed countless celebrities including Carmelo Anthony, Demi Lovato, Marc Anthony, Rosario Dawson, Willie Colón, Jay-Z, Nas, Jessica Alba, John Leguizamo, 50 Cent, Kanye West, among others. Today, as Latina’s Entertainment Editor he’s constantly thinking WWJD—What Would Juanes Do? Follow me on Instagram @JesusTalks and Twitter @JTrivinoAlarcon.

Like this post? Contribute to the discussion!