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America Ferrera moved by praise from Tom Hanks for her performance

America Ferrera attends the Academy Women's Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

At the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Virtuosos Awards, actress America Ferrera received high praise from none other than the legendary Tom Hanks. Ferrera, known for her role in Barbie, expressed her admiration for Hanks and shared the profound impact his words had on her.

Ferrera, now 39 years old, revealed how she always aspired to be like Tom Hanks, describing him as the epitome of the relatable, everyman actor. She confessed that his praise left her overwhelmed with emotion and struggling to put her feelings into words.

During their encounter at an event, Hanks approached Ferrera and showered her with kind words, an interaction she described as a pivotal moment in her career. Still in awe, Ferrera confessed that hearing Tom Hanks compliment her was a dream come true, a sentiment that many actors can relate to.

The recognition for Ferrera's performance doesn't stop there. Her role in Barbie garnered her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, making her one of ten actors to receive their first-ever nominations this year. It is undoubtedly an incredible achievement and a testament to Ferrera's talent and dedication.

In the midst of her well-deserved celebration, the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants stars Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn, and Alexis Bledel reached out to Ferrera with heartfelt congratulations. The support from her close friends and colleagues meant the world to Ferrera, who expressed her gratitude for being celebrated by the women she grew up with in the industry.

Family also played a significant role in celebrating Ferrera's nomination. Her husband, Ryan Piers Williams, and their children, Sebastian and Lucia, joined in the excitement. In an endearing moment, Ferrera recounts her husband's enthusiastic reaction, screaming with joy while driving their kids to school when he received the news.

Now, with an Academy Award nomination under her belt, Ferrera continues to shine as a talented and influential actress. Her journey serves as an inspiration to others in the industry. Each accolade and endorsement she receives further solidifies her place as a respected and admired figure within the entertainment world.

As fans eagerly await the upcoming Academy Awards on March 10, it's clear that America Ferrera's career is on an upward trajectory. Her talent, humility, and the support of her peers make her a true force to be reckoned with, and we can't wait to see what she accomplishes next.

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