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01/23/2017 01:00 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2017

America Ferrera Breaks Down The Role Of Artists In 'Times Like These'

"It becomes that much clearer that our role in society is to connect, is to represent."

America Ferrera feels she has a responsibility to use her platform for social change.

The actress, who gave an impassioned speech at Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington, described what inspired her powerful words and the role of artists within the current political climate during a video interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“I said what I was feeling in my heart and I felt it was most important, really, to send a message to one another, which was that we’re in this together, [in] your feelings of concerns, you’re not alone,” Ferrera told the newspaper during the 2017 Sundance Festival on Sunday. 

During times of political uncertainty, artists have always had a certain responsibility to use their platform, Ferrera said

“I think the purpose of art is the same at all time,” the actress said. “But I think that in times like these ― times of real, real questioning and reflection and concern ― it becomes that much clearer that our role in society is to connect, is to represent. I think right now everyone is hyperaware and hypersensitive, everything that we say and do is being watched. I think that’s true all the time, we’re just aware of it right now because of the heightened circumstances.”

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