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‘I’m Still Recovering From It’: Actress Over The Moon After Interaction With Tom Hanks

America Ferrera shared a heartwarming anecdote that left us almost speechless in an interview with PEOPLE published Sunday.

Ferrera revealed that he received praise from none other than the respected actor. Tom Hanks, which she has long admired and hoped to emulate in her acting career. The 39-year-old actress told how Hanks approached her at an event honoring her performance in the movie Barbie. “I don't know if I'm ready to talk about it. I'm not ready to talk about what he said, but every time someone asks me, who is the actor you grew up wanting to be?” I think it's Tom Hanks,” Ferrera said. people.

She emphasized Hanks' universal appeal and relatability, 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's the everyman. He's like, we all see ourselves in him, right? ” she continued. (Related: Margot Robbie breaks silence on 'Barbie' Oscar snub)

“He came up to me at an event and said some very kind words to me. I'm still recovering from that illness, but that was exactly the moment I felt…'Okay, I'm happy. Now I can tap out,''' she recalled, PEOPLE reported. “Tom Hanks said something nice to me.''

Adding to the excitement, Ferrera's outstanding performance in Barbie earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, marking her first Academy Award nomination, according to PEOPLE. This recognition makes her one of a select group of 10 actors to receive their first nominations at the upcoming March 10 ceremony.

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