America Ferrera is planning a return to TV.

The 'End Of Watch' actress - who shot to fame on TV show 'Ugly Betty' - is reportedly planning to star in telenovela project 'Pedro & Maria, a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

The series synopsis states: ''Pedro and Maria are two opposites cut from the same cloth caught in the trap of forbidden love. He is a second generation Dominican from the mean streets of Washington Heights. She is a Puerto Rican whose parents made millions as real estate developers. It's a clash of the haves and the have-nots, of Main St vs. Wall St, set against a volatile cultural backdrop that fiercely believes neither side should mix with the other.''

Although America found fame as the titular character in 'Ugly Betty' - earning an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for her performance - she has previously admitted she nearly quit acting to follow her academic dream until one of her professors gave her some helpful encouragement.

The star - who graduated from the University of Southern California earlier this week - said: ''I always wanted to go to college and get my education although I always wanted to be an actor. I never knew how those two things would work with each other and this was revealed to me in my first year of college here.''

She sought advice from Professor David Andrus, who used America's 2002 movie 'Real Women Have Curves' - in which she plays a high school graduate torn between supporting her family and pursuing a university degree - to explain to her she could do both.

She said: ''What my professor really wanted me to understand was that my passion for acting and what I loved doing in the world had the power to be a tool. In that moment I realised that I didn't have to give up what I love. I could find a way to link it to other things that I cared about.''