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Blake Lively Celebrates America Ferrera’s Career and Friendship

Reflecting on Two Decades of Friendship and Artistry

Blake Lively shares her profound respect and admiration for her long-time friend and former co-star, America Ferrera. In a recent tribute as part of TIME’s essays, Lively chronicles Ferrera’s journey from her breakout roles in *Ugly Betty* and *Real Women Have Curves* to a transformative performance in *Barbie*, which garnered an Oscar nomination. Lively marvels at how Ferrera’s personal growth has paralleled her public acclaim, describing her as a role model, ally, and sister who continually inspires those around her.

The Depth of Ferrera’s Influence Through Lively’s Eyes

In her heartfelt narrative, Lively paints a vivid picture of Ferrera’s essence—her strength, compassion, and resilience in both her personal and professional life. She recalls the electrifying impact of Ferrera’s performance in *Barbie*, likening it to a “hot pink hypodermic needle of adrenaline,” invigorating the hearts of the audience. Their 20-year friendship, rooted in shared experiences and mutual growth since their days on the set of *Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants*, highlights the enduring bond between the two, filled with mutual respect and admiration.

Celebrating a Shared Journey and Looking Forward

The celebration of Ferrera extends beyond personal accolades as Lively acknowledges the significant influence Ferrera has had on her own life and the broader cinematic world. A touching Instagram post from Lively alongside their fellow *Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants* co-stars further cements this sentiment, emphasizing Ferrera’s role as the emotional core of *Barbie*. As Ferrera continues to pave her path in the industry, Lively expresses excitement for her friend’s future endeavors and achievements, solidifying a friendship that transcends time and continues to evolve with each of their successes.