U.S. Air Force Capt. Christopher Stallard, right, a 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron pilot, shows actress America Ferrera around a B-1 Lancer aircraft as part of a USO-sponsored celebrity handshake tour June 10, 2010, at an undisclosed Southwest Asia location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michelle Larche/Released)
“Ugly Betty” star and USO tour veteran America Ferrera recently visited Lopez Tonight and discussed her recent engagement, her upcoming movie The Dry Land, and – this is our favorite part – her trip to Iraq. Enjoy the clip below PLUS catch America tomorrow morning on The View!
Actors (L-R) America Ferrera, Ryan O'Nan and Jason Ritter pose with troops in the Persian Gulf as part of their first-ever USO tour. Also joining the actors is writer/director Ryan Piers Williams, who is also participating in his first USO tour. (USO Photo by Tracy Thede)
The mercury may have topped 120 degrees (!), but fan favorites America Ferrera, Ryan O’Nan and Jason Ritter – along with writer/director Ryan Peters – stayed cool as they wrapped up their first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Persian Gulf, having visited with over 1300 service members along the way! The group’s Handshake Tour found them greeting Troops, posing for pictures, and signing autographs as they traveled throughout the Persian Gulf for eight days.
Ferrera had this to say about her experience: “We are here because we are so thankful and grateful and to hear a soldier say “thank you” its overwhelming, because really we are the ones who are filled with so much gratitude.”
Check out a short video below, in which they express their gratitude to the Troops…
Actors (front, holding banner L-R) Jason Ritter, Ryan O'Nan and America Ferrera (second row center) take time out from their first-ever USO tour to pose with the medical staff on June 10, 2010. Also joining the actors is writer/director Ryan Piers Williams, who is also participating in his first USO tour. (USO Photo by Tracy Thede)
Emmy Award-winning actress America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), and fellow actors Ryan O’Nan and Jason Ritter, along with writer/director Ryan Piers Williams, are currently traveling in the Persian Gulf on their first-ever USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. During the trip, the foursome have visited troops, signed autographs, posed for photos and extended their appreciation to our nation’s finest.
Ferrera, O’Nan, Ritter and Williams are all avid supporters of the U.S. armed forces and can be seen this summer in The Dry Land, an independent feature film about a war veteran’s return home from the Persian Gulf.