America Ferrera: “There was this part in this movie with this director who shall remain nameless. It was a story set in Texas about this family and they weren’t sure who they were going to cast as the male role, so they were holding off on the female role, depending on if the male role was Latino or not. They didn’t want to put two Latinos in the same movie because then it would be ‘a Latino movie.’ So in my delusionary state, I thought if I dyed my hair blonde, I could show them that I could play anything. … So I stripped my hair. I looked f**king crazy. I only took one Polaroid and burned it.
Amber Tamblyn: “You wore whiteface…”
America Ferrera: “I did! I’m not even kidding! I had such resentment. And that was one of those moments where I just thought, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t even get the chance to fail at that part because of the color of my skin. If I didn’t get it because I gave a bad audition, then maybe my talents aren’t up to par. That I can work on. That I can change. That I can get better at. But how do I get better at being a blonde white girl? I can’t, because it’s not who I am. It was just so isolating.”