If you’re yet to see the Barbie movie, then we won’t spoil it for you – but those who have will know that there’s a pivotal scene involving America Ferrera’s character, Gloria; one which has since spawned countless social-media tributes and online think pieces. It’s reported that Ferrera and the film’s director, Greta Gerwig, rehearsed and workshopped the speech almost 50 times, bringing their fellow cast members to tears, so important was it to nail the messaging and make an impact on the audience.
But the woman behind the character is just as inspiring in real life. Ferrera, who is our summer digital cover star, has never held herself back, telling us she’s always felt “pulled towards speaking up” and that a need to fight for others has always been deeply rooted within her.
America Ferrera tells us her life lessons.