America Ferrera: Working on Fiancé’s Film Was Like Giving Birth

America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams


updated 07/20/2010 AT 6:00 PM ET

originally published 07/26/2010 AT 5:30 AM ET

America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams are engaged, but lately they have been focusing on some very parental duties, according to the Ugly Betty star.

Williams wrote and directed The Dry Land, which stars Ferrera, who also executive produced. Based on war veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the film “certainly is his baby, and I feel like I’ve been here to get to witness it,” Ferrera told PEOPLE at last week’s premiere of the movie in Los Angeles. “It’s a little bit like he had the pregnancy and I’m holding his hand through Lamaze.”

Meanwhile, their active work schedules have left the couple little time for wedding planning. “If there is a scale between 0 and 10, I’m at like negative 10,” Ferrara says. “I haven’t gone there and [am] not thinking about it. We got engaged and then left for Iraq the next day.”


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