“It’s been my own journey to figure out what I care about and what I want to stand for.But certainly people place and project their own meanings.

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I love the fact that I’m a woman who doesn’t fit easily inside common stereotypes.

But it’s not really something that I think about myself.

She routinely features as part of America’s Most Influential Hispanics compendiums.

Life and work must sometimes feel a little ambassadorial, surely?

My career is definitely something that that Latino community is proud of and claim.

I don’t wake up wondering: ‘How am I going to represent all these minorities and groups?

A sunny creature who says things like “Oh, you’re too kind” and “I’m so, so blessed”, it’s easy to forget that “being blessed” couldn’t possibly account for her success.

Her career has inspired the kind of rave notices and wows that poor old Jenny from the Block can only dream of.

Extra : For her role in Ugly Betty, Ferrera won the 2007 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical, beating out fellow nominees Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mary-Louise Parker.

As a result of the award, she was congratulated by the U. House of Representatives as being a role model for young Hispanics.

On September 16, 2007, Ferrera won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress - Comedy Series for her role of Betty Suarez on ABC’s Ugly Betty.