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AmericFerrerwho turns 29 this month stars new indie comedy “It’s Disaster.”

America Ferrera, who turns 29 this month, stars in a new indie comedy, “It’s a Disaster.”

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Updated: May 15, 2013 6:25AM

‘I wouldn’t say I’m a doomsday prepper,” says America Ferrera.

Of course, starring in the new indie comedy “It’s a Disaster” did make her think about planning for a real bad day. “I guess you need water and food. My short list would also include a few good books. Mostly I’d want to grab the people I love and spend the end with them.”

She laughs. “OK, we have to stop talking about this right now. I hope I never know what to pack — or have to know.”

In “It’s a Disaster,” now available on demand and opening Friday at the Patio Theater, four couples get together for Sunday brunch and find more to chat about than the mimosas. The world is about to end, and they’re stuck together in this house.

“I really enjoyed this script because it made me laugh out loud,” says Ferrera, who chose it as one of her post-“Ugly Betty” projects. “This movie was so funny and well-written. It was also closer to what I think would really happen if I was just hanging out with my friends at the end of the world.”

Ferrera, who turns 29 on Thursday, has been busy in her post-“Betty” years. She did a 2011 stint on “The Good Wife” and appeared on 2012’s YouTube series “Christine.” She played a wife in the critically acclaimed “End of Watch” and voiced Astrid in “How to Train Your Dragon” (a sequel is in the works).

Upcoming roles include a big-screen biopic, “Chavez,” starring Gabriel Mann and Rosario Dawson and directed by Diego Luna. Chicago native Michael Pena plays Cesar Chavez.

“It’s an autobiography about the period of time in Chavez’s life when he was with the United Farm Workers and led the strike,” she says. “It’s historical and has a strong point of view about who this man is and his personal story.”

She plays Chavez’s wife. “She’s still alive,” says Ferrera, who met with her to flesh out the role. “She just sat and shared her stories. She’s a very private woman, so it was extraordinary that she shared her stories.

“But it was so helpful for me to talk to her. She remembered the feelings of being involved in this movement. She was married to the face of the movement but still struggled with life at home with their eight children.”

One of her favorite new projects is a film that’s being directed by her husband, Ryan Piers Williams. It stars Chicago’s Common and Ferrera’s old “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” buddy Amber Tamblyn.

She and Tamblyn “see each other all the time. It didn’t feel like a reunion because we never lost touch.”

She also stays in touch with “Ugly Betty” friends. Will there ever be a movie or reunion show?

“I do miss Betty,” she says. “People ask me all the time about a reunion movie. I’m not really the person who decides, but it would be a lot of fun.”

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