America Ferrera Loves Being 'Ugly Betty'

Best Actress, Television Comedy nominee America Ferrera Best Actress, Television Comedy nominee America Ferrera

NEW YORK (December 13, 2006) — Actresses often relish roles that allow them to look glamorous. America Ferrera, who plays dowdy assistant Betty Suarez in ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” isn’t one of them.

“It takes me an hour to become Betty. But I love that she’s so different from me,” Ferrera, 22, tells TV Guide in its Dec. 18-24 issue. “I can (keep) a bit of myself private.”

But, she adds, “Betty wears a lot of tights, parkas, all these shirts buttoned up to her neck. That drives me insane. I don’t like to feel restricted.”

Ferrera’s character, who also wears braces and eyeglasses, works at a high-fashion magazine called Mode.

“Sometimes letters come addressed to Betty,” Ferrera tells TV Guide. “They’re like, `Dear Betty, I hope things at Mode are OK.’

It’s a little creepy. These are from people who are, like, 32! I’m serious.”

Ferrera doesn’t have room to talk, though. She’s a fan of Rosie O’Donnell, whom she met during a visit to ABC’s “The View.”

“I grew up obsessed with her talk show and thought she was so wonderful, and in person, she was just so sweet. … As I was leaving, she told me, `Don’t ever date anyone who’s been in People magazine. Find a normal sweet guy from home,”’ Ferrera recalls.

“I was like, OK!”

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