After giving birth in May, America Ferrera sees raising a son as an “opportunity” for both mother and child.
Opening up in a new interview with NET-A-PORTER’s digital magazine, PorterEdit, the new mom was nervous when she first found out she was having a boy.
“I thought, Oh my God, what am I gonna do with a boy? Then I quickly realized what an opportunity that was. I’m approaching it as I’d approach raising a girl. I just want him to feel his worth. I have to think twice about the way I talk about men. I don’t want my son or my husband or the men in my life to feel like there isn’t a place for them,” she says. “That’s how women feel. We don’t need to flip that and make men feel the same. We can do it better.”
The “Superstore” star is trying to make things better by fighting for the causes she believes in, including her support behind Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
“People are so tired of the daily assault on all of our values that this feels like just another thing. But we can’t let it be just another thing. I couldn’t live with myself if I stayed silent,” she says of her decision to take a stand against Brett Kavanaugh.
“Being an actor is my profession. It isn’t who I am and it certainly isn’t where I came from. The notion that I shouldn’t fight for the world that I wanna live in because it might threaten how people see me isn’t an option,” she says of using her celebrity status to help push for change, especially when it comes to the fight for women’s rights.
That fight includes being the first speaker of the day at the historic Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
“I didn’t torture myself writing a perfect speech. It seemed so obvious what needed to be said. I was brimming with the urgency to represent the millions of people who had so much to lose,” she says. “None of us knew how historical the march would be. We’ve lost so much ground in this country going backwards, making people’s lives less equal and dignified. I think back to that day: We’re not alone, people will show up.”
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