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By Kathleen Perricone

American Ferrera stars in the brand new animated movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, which is set five years after the original … and the characters have aged right just like they would in a live-action flick.

“They’re all 20-year-olds,” explains the actress, who voices Astrid. “And it’s so cool to see animated characters grow up. I don’t think that’s happened before … Astrid is an awesome character. It’s just so great to see a female character in the middle of the action. I think that’s what we’re ready for. We’re sick of seeing girls sitting on the sidelines looking pretty and taking about boys. We’re ready for girls who kick butt!”

And even though she stars in the movie, America says she still was just as excited to watch it with the audience the first time.

“It’s a great movie, I love it,” she gushes. “I cried five times. I was hooting and hollering, the flying scenes are magical. It makes you really want to get a dragon.”

In addition to How to Train Your Dragon 2, Ryan of course had to ask about another sequel of sorts … the third movie in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.

“I had a feeling you were going to ask that question,” America says with a laugh. “It’s absolutely in the works. I know there is a writer writing, and that’s where it’s at.”

Although she has not been given any details on the script, she does know it will be based on the fifth book in the series, “10 years after you last saw them. They’re 28, almost 30-year-olds and they’re dealing with new problems in their friendship, so it’s cool, it’s exciting, it’s so awesome that the friends are so excited.”

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is in theaters today!