America Ferrera's All Grown Up
AF: In so many ways. I can't even begin to summarize, but it's been an enormous chunk of my adult life. I started when I was 21, and now I'm 25, and I think for anyone those are very big growing up years. But I consider myself very lucky that I had this very strong working family to help me take all the good stuff from this experience and really use it to grow. While it's sad, I can still look back and think that at almost every turn, I really did always appreciate it. And I always did remember to take the best out of it and be thankful for it and acknowledge what a wonderful thing it was in my life.
RB: So you have two movies out now, Our Family Wedding and How to Train Your Dragon, and your TV show is coming to a close. Do you have plans for more projects, or maybe a vacation?
AF: I don't have any projects that are planned yet, but I plan to rest, I plan to maybe do a little bit of traveling and maybe spend some time on some of the organizations that I've been involved with. I've been an education ambassador for Save the Children, and while I've gotten to do some small trips here and there, I haven't gotten to spend as much time as I wanted to, so I'll probably do a little bit of that. Then there are some projects I've been developing as a producer. So, it's open-ended. There's not really anything that I'm 100 percent committed to doing right now. There's a film that I produced for the better part of the last two to three years called The Dry Land, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and we'll be taking it around to festivals throughout the rest of this year and will probably come out in the late summer, early fall.
RB: You also play the wife of the main character in The Dry Land. I was so taken aback when I read that since my first thought is of you in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Now you're playing a wife! You've sort of grown up before our eyes.
AF: It all happened in stages. I was 20 when I played a 16-year-old in Sisterhood, so my movie age and real age have never really coincided. But it is nice to play someone my own age, and I think not just for actors but for anyone it's like: 'Oh my god, I'm 25. Should I be acting 25? I don't feel 25.' So sometimes in my own real life I don't know what age to act, anyway.