America Ferrera portrays Betty Suarez, the star of ABC's hit series
America Ferrera portrays Betty Suarez, the star of ABC's hit series Ugly Betty. ABC
Actress America Ferrera may be young (23 years old), but she's already won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Betty Suarez in ABC's mega-hit Ugly Betty.
Now in its second season, it's one of the many shows that will soon have to stop production amid the Hollywood writer's strike.
Ferrera plays Betty Suarez with fearless gusto. She got her start in feature films with Real Women Have Curves and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. But Ugly Betty is what made her a household name.
The show, based on a Colombian telenovela, has been re-made around the world — with varying degrees of success. But in the United States, it's a ratings powerhouse for ABC.
Ferrera, who recently spoke with Michele Norris from the set in Los Angeles, says her childhood in Southern California prepared her well to play the ultimate fish-out-of-water.