America Ferrera struggled to cope with her overnight fame — and felt like an “outsider” in Hollywood, reports.

The 25-year-old actress was thrust into the public eye when Ugly Betty became an instant TV hit in 2006. Ferrera admits she found it difficult adjusting to life as a celebrity because she suddenly felt as though she was public property.

She said, “I’ve never spoken to a single person who knew how to handle Hollywood with ease. It’s a different universe.

“You have to learn how to be yourself, but belong to so many other people at the same time and let them think what they want about you, but still know who you are. And I certainly have been in many situations where I felt like an outsider looking in.”