America Ferrera's husband's Barbie cameo is art imitating life

When America Ferrera shot "Barbie ," art imitated life a lot more than she imagined. In an interview with People magazine in the January 4 article, the actor talked about her husband Ryan Piers Williams' cameo in "Barbie." "We didn't tell anyone, any friends or family," she said.

Ferrera plays Gloria, a Mattel employee who meets Barbie (Margot Robbie) and her daughter Sasha (Ariana Greenblatt) and takes them on a journey An adventure trip to Barbieland. Williams, an actor, writer and producer, makes a brief but eye-catching appearance as the husband of Gloria, who is too busy learning Spanish on Duolingo to notice his Family members have died.

How Williams' cameo came about

It all started during Ferreira's first Zoom with Barbie director and co-writer Greta Gerwig, where she highlighted her favorite parts of the script. "I said, 'Oh my gosh, when you cut to dad having Spanish class, I laughed so hard because my husband was actually having Spanish class in the other room,'" she recalled.

Gerwig immediately had an idea. "Immediately she was like, 'Oh my god, does he want to play your husband?' I was like, 'I don't know, you have to ask him,'" she said.

Ryan Pierce Williams and America Ferrera, 2023. Dimitrios Cambris/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Months later, when production was about to begin, she didn't give up on the idea. "At that point, she said, 'Remember when I asked you if your husband would play your husband?' And he said yes," she recalled.

"Family Affairs"

Ferreira first met Williams when he cast her in a student film while he was a student at the University of Southern California, where Ferreira later attended as an international relations student. The two got engaged in 2010 and tied the knot a year later.

The couple have worked together twice since making the short film "Muertas ," with Ferrera starring in his feature films "Dry Land " and "X/Y," but "Barbie" is their first in nearly a decade. an item. “It’s really fun and it makes it a family affair, which is great,” she said.

America Ferrera in 2023 Matt Winkelmeyer/WireImage/Getty Images

The cameo ended up being easy to come by, as the pair moved to the UK with their son Sebastian, 5, and daughter Lucia, 3, for a few months to film Barbie . "They were young enough for me to do this, but life happened," she said. "People get sick, your childcare fails, and then your spouse has to step in."