Ariella Ferrera was born Maria Restepo on January 15, 1979 in Medellin, Columbia. Ariella moved with her family to Chicago, Illinois when she was five. Ferrera worked as a registered dental hygienist prior to her involvement in the adult entertainment industry. Ariella first began performing in explicit hardcore movies at age 30 in 2009. Three months after she started in the industry back in 2009, Ariella Ferrera said in an interview that she would stop making porn if she ever stopped having fun doing it. After 9 years (I'm writing in 2018) she is still in business!
She has appeared in X-rated features for such notable companies as Brazzers, Mile High, Pulse Distribution, Girlfriends Films, and Digital Playground. Ferrara was nominated for an AVN Award for Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene in 2011.