America Ferrera Recalls “Weeping” After Meeting Leonardo DiCaprio

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America Ferrera may be an Oscar-nominated actress now, but that doesn’t mean she no longer gets star-struck by certain actors.

During an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, the Barbie star shared that she’s been meeting people this awards season that she can’t help but fangirl over, including Martin Scorsese and Tom Hanks, who she admitted she wanted to be when she was growing up.

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Ferrera also recalled meeting Leonardo DiCaprio in 2007, noting to the late night host that being star-struck sometimes sneaks up on her.

“More often than not, it’s someone you had a childhood connection to,” she said of being surprised when she meets someone. “So it’s always very embarrassing. … I watched Titanic in the movie theaters seven times. 13, 14 [years old], prime time to be in love with Leonardo DiCaprio, right?”

She explained that the first time she went to the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 2007 for Ugly Betty, she won, and it kind of made her feel like she belonged, so she wasn’t expecting to be off-put by someone, but then the Titanic star himself was there.

“I said hello to him, and I promptly departed him and went around the corner and just started weeping,” Ferrera told Meyers. “My husband, then-boyfriend, was with me, and he was like, ‘I am so embarrassed right now. This is so… like, stop crying.’ And I was like, ‘But it’s Leonardo.'”

Earlier in the late night appearance, Ferrera opened up about working with her real-life husband, Ryan Piers Williams, in Barbie. He portrayed her onscreen husband.

The Dumb Money actress explained that his casting came about after she told writer-director Greta Gerwig that her favorite part of the script was where it said something like “white husband at home learning Spanish” because her husband was in the room next door doing the same thing.

“And [Gerwig was] like, ‘Oh, my God, does he want to play your husband?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know,'” Ferrera said. “Then months and months later, she meant it. And then there he is.”

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