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America Ferrera: Cannes prank shocked me

America Ferrera didn't let Vitalii Sediuk's red carpet stunt at Cannes ruin her experience of the famous film festival.

The 30-year-old actress fell foul of the Ukrainian's idea of fun while at the Cannes Film Festival last month promoting new movie How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Vitalii, who also recently accosted Brad Pitt and is now serving community service for the grabbing the actor, dived under America's skirt without warning.

"You know I'm not exactly sure. It was shocking and upsetting and not what we were there for," America sighed to British TV host Lorraine Kelly on her show.

"I just tried to focus on what we were there to do which was to share this beautiful film with an audience, and enjoy being at Cannes which is I think for anyone a really exciting moment in their career, the first time they get to be at that festival.

"No [the experience wasn't ruined], I won't let it be."

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the follow up to the smash hit 2010 animated movie. Other famous names that lend their vocal talents to the film include Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett and Kit Harington.

America returns as the voice of Astrid and says her cartoon alter-ego casting came as a surprise to her.

"It's so fun. I never thought I'd be cast as a blonde, blue eyed Viking but it allows you to go outside any kind of boxes you've been put in. But it's so much fun, these movies are just spectacular," she gushed.

"You come into a booth and you're by yourself most of the time and every now and then you get to record with someone else. I got to work with Jay Baruchel who voices Hiccup and Kit Harington who voices a new character, Eret. And it's great fun and these films, they're just a wonder. They're so beautiful and the story's so touching and deep. I know as many adults who love it as kids."

America also teased fans of Ugly Betty that a reunion could be on the cards. The show came to an end in 2010 after four seasons, but America says a new episode is "always possible".

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