America Ferrera Talks CESAR CHAVEZ, Preparing for the Role, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, and More

     March 25, 2014


Opening this weekend is director Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez.  Starring Michael Peña in the title role, Cesar Chavez takes a look at the man’s life from laborer to leader, and the non-violent demonstrations he championed.  Just in case anyone really hasn’t heard of Chavez, he dedicated his life to improving the working conditions of California farm workers, eventually co-founding the National Farm Workers Association, which would later become the United Farm Workers.  The film also stars Rosario Dawson as Dolores Huerta, Chavez’s partner in activism and co-founder of what eventually became the UFW, America Ferrera as Chavez’s wife Helen, and John Malkovich as a farm owner.

At the recent press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with America Ferrera.  She talked about how much she knew before getting cast in the movie, how she prepared for the role, how the film doesn’t try and tell his whole story, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

America Ferrera:

  • How much of his backstory did she know before getting the movie?
  • Was their one thing she kept referring to for help getting her ready for the role?
  • How the project focuses on one important time in his life and doesn’t try to tell his whole story.  Was that always the case from when she got involved in the film?
  • Talks How to Train Your Dragon 2.

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