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Ferrera: Social media creeps me out

America Ferrera is "stunned" by what people write about her online.

The 30-year-old actress made a name for herself as the quirky Betty Suarez in hit TV show Ugly Betty. Now she has become an international star her fame comes with a mass fan following online, with nearly 70,000 followers on Twitter. However, she avoids reading commentary about herself online as she doesn't understand where the rumours come from.

“I get cordial tweets and I get horrible tweets, and when I first started my career, I’d go online and read boards, and just be stunned by the things that people could say about someone they’d never even met or even knew. So, early on I cut that out,” she told scotsman.com.

"But the real issue is that none of us know where social media is headed. I do find it a bit creepy that I’m in a different country and there are ads on my feed that are specific to Edinburgh. It feels like I’m a walking consumer and this thing allows me to be marketed to every second of the day. I think I’m as ambivalent about it as most people are."

America's latest role is voicing outspoken blonde Viking Astrid Hofferson in How to Train Your Dragon 2, a sequel to the popular 2010 animation film, and she even lent her movements to make the part more her own. With both her parents being from the Republic of Honduras in Central America, the star admits it was initially difficult to get work as a Latina actress.

"[One director] said, ‘Look, I would like to give you a shot, but the truth is that we need a white girl in this role, and you’re not a white girl,'" she recalled.

“Astrid’s look came first, but I was really pleased that they were open to casting someone who didn’t look like the character."

“They had a camera on me during the recording sessions, so every now and then I see a facial expression in the movies and think, ‘Yeah, that is probably me.’ I definitely recognise a lot of her glaring.”

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