LOS ANGELES – America Ferrera spoke at the Democratic National Convention last week in Philadelphia and is still on an energy high.
“It was wonderful to be at the DNC; it was an incredible energy and it was I think very fortifying and uplifting for so many of us who feel kind of dragged down by so much of what we have heard in this election,” she told reporters on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour.
She said she hopes the event got voters excited about casting their ballots.
“It was an incredible honor to stand on that stage and represent myself and millions and millions like me who feel like they don't have a voice in this election and hopefully the convention did its job, and I believe it did -- in terms of laying out the stakes of this election and motivating people to pay attention and engage and not sit it out.”
Ferrera emphasized that this election will personally impact every citizen.
“I’m a citizen of this country and a citizen of this world… We have huge stakes in this election— all of us. There is none of us who won’t be affected by the outcome of this election. I can’t imagine we all don't have friends or family or people we love that have a lot to lose or gain based on the outcome of this election, and so just as a human being that is alive in this country and world, I think it’s important for all of us to use our voices especially in this moment that feels historic.”
The “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star, 32, had some advice for young fans.
“Young people are so much more aware of what is happening in the world now because there are so many ways to be connected and know what is happening in the world and I think it’s an exciting time to be young and try to figure out what you want to do with your life,” she said. “I would say pay attention. Let what is happening in the world affect you, and let it help you make up your mind about what you want to do in the world.”
Ferrera spoke to reporters at the NBC press day for the Television Critics Association. Her new show, “Superstore,” will preview on Aug. 19 after the Olympics.
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