"It’s wonderful to be celebrated and held up by these women who I’ve had the honor of growing up with in the industry," said the actress
The actress, already an Emmy winner from her time on Ugly Betty, added Oscar nominee to her accolades when she received recognition in the Best Supporting Actress category for Barbie. Ferrera was among 10 stars who were first-time acting nominees this year.
Ferrera told Variety that her costars from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies — Blake Lively, Amber Tamblyn and Alexis Bledel — called her after the big news to celebrate with her.
"They FaceTimed me as a group right away. It’s wonderful to be celebrated and held up by these women who I’ve had the honor of growing up with in the industry," she said, adding of her acknowledgements this award season: "Every moment feels like another unbelievable pinch-me moment."
Ferrera, 39, worked with Lively, 36, Tamblyn, 40, and Bledel, 42, on 2005's The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its 2008 sequel.
"My publicist got to me first. And then my husband called me from the car as he was driving our kids to school," Ferrera told Variety. "He was screaming and emotional. I heard my kids in the back seat, like, 'What are you screaming about?' "
As for her Barbie collaborators, Ferrera said, "We’re all in different countries, so there’s a lot of text messaging going on."
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Barbie, the highest grossing movie of 2023, earned eight nominations in total, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling. Margot Robbie was left out of the Best Actress category, and Greta Gerwig, who landed a nod for writing the film, was excluded from Best Director.
"They’re my girls, and I want to see their incredible, amazing work celebrated," she said. "They made history, they set a new bar. They not only broke box office records, but made something that resonated around the globe, and the impact of what they made is, and will continue to be felt in our culture. I think I join a lot of people in wanting to see them acknowledged for that."
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