America Georgine Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. She is the voice of Astrid Hofferson in the film How to Train Your Dragon. Ferrera also voices Astrid in the DreamWorks Dragons: The Series, and Dragons: Race to the Edge. She reprised her role as the voice of Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon 2 and its sequel How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
Ferrera is the youngest of six children who were born in Los Angeles, California, to parents who immigrated to the United States from Honduras in the mid-1970s. Ferrera's mother divorced her father and raised her and all of her 5 siblings by herself. She worked as a housecleaning staff director for a Hilton hotel, and always stressed the importance of higher education and learning to her children.
Ferrera was raised in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles, where she attended George Ellery Hale Middle School and El Camino Real High School. From the age of seven, when she landed a small role in a school production of Hamlet, Ferrera knew that she wanted to be a performer. She acted in school plays and community theatre in Los Angeles throughout her youth, though with little help from her mother, who insisted that she pursue other interests because she was concerned her daughter would encounter difficulties breaking into the industry. Ferrera was forced to take the bus to auditions, though eventually her mother saw her daughter’s dedication and began to drive her. Ferrera disliked her first name as a child and went by her middle name, "Georgine", until she began acting professionally.
|Year||Title||Role(s)||Type of Media|
|2002||Real Women Have Curves||Ana Garcia||Feature film|
|2005||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants||Carmen Lowell|
|2008||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2|
|2006–2010||Ugly Betty||Betty Suarez||Television series|
|2011–2013||The Good Wife||Natalie Flores|
|2015–2018||Superstore||Amelia "Amy" Dubanowski|
DreamWorks Dragons Filmography
|Year||Title||Role(s)||Type of Media|
|2010||How to Train Your Dragon||Astrid
|Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon||Short film|
|2011||Book of Dragons|
|Gift of the Night Fury|
|2012–2013||Dragons: Riders of Berk||Television series|
|2013–2014||Dragons: Defenders of Berk|
|2014||How to Train Your Dragon 2||Feature film|
|Dawn of the Dragon Racers||Short film|
|2015||Dragons: Race to the Edge||Television series|
|2019||How to Train Your Dragon:
The Hidden World
|Dreamworks Dragons: Dawn of New Riders||Video game|
|How to Train Your Dragon:
- According to Douglas Sloan, Ferrera was happy to come aboard and voice Astrid in the television series and felt the same way about being the only one to play Astrid as Jay Baruchel felt about being the only to play Hiccup, feeling that it was important for Astrid's character that she remain consistent throughout the episodes and films.
- Ferrera admitted in an interview that when she first started on How to Train Your Dragon, it was one of the first experiences she had ever had with voice acting, and she found it a lot more challenging than she was expecting, but brilliant fun.
- At the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2 at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2014, Ferrera was the victim of a journalist who had become notorious for pulling pranks on celebrities. He jumped out of the crowd and dived under the poufy skirt of her gown. Though shocked, she was not hurt and laughed the indecency off.
- In January 2018, Ferrera announced she was expecting her first child, implying she was pregnant during much of her voice work on How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
- She gave birth to her first child, Sebastian, on May 29, 2018.
- Ferrera wrote the foreword in The Art of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World with Jay Baruchel. In this introduction, she expressed her delight at seeing Astrid: a strong, female character, who's opinions and views are respected. She explained that it meant "the world" to her.
- Glennon, Christopher. (2015). "DreamWorks Dragons: Race To The Edge" Interview With Showrunners Art Brown and Douglas Sloan.