America Ferrera shared a heartwarming anecdote that left her nearly speechless during her interview with PEOPLE published on Sunday.
Ferrera revealed that she received praise from none other than esteemed actor Tom Hanks, whom she has long admired and aspires to emulate in her acting career. The 39-year-old actress recounted how Hanks approached her at an event to praise her performance in “Barbie.” “I don’t know if I’m ready to talk about it. I’m not ready to talk about what he said, but I guess every time someone asks me, who were the actors you wanted to be growing up? I would say Tom Hanks,” Ferrera told PEOPLE.
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She highlighted Hanks’ universal appeal and relevance, qualities that have made him a beloved figure in Hollywood and beyond. “I wanted to be Tom Hanks more than any other actor. I did it. He is everyone. He says we all see ourselves in him, right? she continued. (RELATED: Margot Robbie Breaks Her Silence on ‘Barbie’ Oscar Snobbery)
“He came up to me at an event and he said some really nice things to me and I’m still getting over it, and that’s really when I felt like… ‘Okay, I’m happy, I can type now.’ ” she recalled, PEOPLE reported. “Tom Hanks just said nice things to me.”
Adding to the excitement, Ferrera’s stellar work in “Barbie” earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, marking her first-ever Academy nomination, according to PEOPLE. This recognition places her among a select group of ten actors receiving their inaugural nominations at the upcoming ceremony on March 10.