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These ‘Ugly Betty’ Facts Will Make You Love The Iconic TV Show Even More Than You Already Do

It has been over ten years since the first episode of “Ugly Betty” first aired and we are totally here for the celebration. The show turned America Ferrera into one of Hollywood’s megastars and helped girls of the early 2000s era get better acquainted with beauty norms and standards.

Here’s a look at 25 weird facts from the set!

1. The show made America Ferrera the first Latina to win a lead actress Emmy.

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Of course, the Latina earned the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award in 2007 by her own merits. But there’s no doubting the beloved Betty character helped her get there. 

2. There was an actual MODE magazine.

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The magazine featured plus-size fashion models. It was launched in 1997 and ended in 2001.

3. A copy of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants sat on Betty’s bedside table

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America Ferrera’s big break came when she played Carmen in the popular film adaptation of the same book.

4. The show was almost called “Betty The Ugly”

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Not quite as catch as the name the TV network ABC came up with. But the title was a remake of “Betty La Fea” so…

5. Betty was almost  a secret agent

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When the story was first pitched to TV execs, Horta pictured Betty as an FBI agent. ABC told him to stick with the original concept since it worked.

6. Ana Ortiz originally auditioned to play Betty.

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At one point she said that she was sure every actress in LA and NY did. 

7. Mark was almost a one-off

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The original storyline imagined  Wilhemina’s assistants to stick around only for an episode. Michael Urie the actor who played Mark thought he’d be only taking on a guest role but the show led him to believe this because of budgetary constraints. ‘They only ever give us a certain amount of money in a budget, so the way to sneak people in that aren’t supposed to be regulars is to make them a guest star. So we said, “He’ll be a guest star!”’

8. Nailing Betty’s signature style took a minute.

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America tried on almost 200 pairs of glasses.

9. Eric Mabius still wears his clothes from the show.

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They put everything up for sale after the show was canceled and I bought all my suits at one-tenth the cost.

10. Salma Hayek executive produced the show.

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She took on the role of Sofia Reyes in season one and also played the nurse who appears on the telenovela watched by the Suarez family.

11. Lindsay Lohan’s stint was supposed to be longer.

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The actress was meant to appear in the series for six episodes but left after the episodes. She played Betty’s high school frenemy Kimmie Keegan but was so difficult to work with that her character was written off much earlier.

12. Patricia Field designed for “Sex and the City,” too.

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Field designed all of the costumes for season 1 and returned as a costume designer in season three.

13. America Ferrera kept Betty’s poncho and glasses.

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Once the show was over the actress took Betty’s signature looks for herself but stomped on the braces. 

14. The word “ugly” faded from the title credits in the final episode

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“The reality is, look beyond the title, the name,” Horta said. “The word fades because it never really should have been there if we’re talking about who she is.”

15. The cast joined the writers’ strike in 2007.

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‘The issues coming up with actors’ contracts are very similar to what the writers are dealing with […]and we have to stay united and stand strong within the creative community for what we believe is fair.’

16. America Ferrera landed her part because of Salma Hayek

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“I hadn’t heard anything about the show and she ran up to me and said, ‘You are my Ugly Betty!”‘ and I was like, ‘I don’t know what that means, but I will do whatever!'” Ferrera revealed.

17. Adele appeared on the show before she was a thing.

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The songstress appeared in the show’s third season and sang ‘Right As Rain’ for a photo shoot at MODE. 

18. The cast are keen for a reunion

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At the ATX TV Festival in Texas Ferrera asked the audience to use the hasthag #HuluBringBackUglyBetty to get Hulu to commission a ‘two-hour movie.’

19. The show was based on a Colombian soap opera.

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The show was called “Betty la Fea” that lasted for 1 season. 

20. Finding Betty’s iconic red glasses wasn’t easy.

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America Ferrera tried on several pairs before the costume designer gave her own to America.

21. Marc and Amanda were in a spin-off web-series called Mode After Hours.

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The series featured the trouble they got into when staff members left MODE for the night.

22. Anna Wintour inspired the character Fey Summers.

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That and The Devil Wears Prada means Wintour has left quite an impression on the fashion world.

23. Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife inspired Betty’s fashion.

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The beheaded queen wore a necklace with the letter “B” that inspired Betty’s jewelry.

24. The sassy receptionist was named after crew member and writer, Brian Tanen.

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Amanda Tanen shared a name with writer Brian Tanen. Hmmm wonder how sassy he was?


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Queer People Are Shouting Their Gratitude For Naya Rivera’s Trailblazing Character Santana Lopez

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Queer People Are Shouting Their Gratitude For Naya Rivera’s Trailblazing Character Santana Lopez

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There are few queer characters the people can point to in the past as being someone that changed their lives. Santana Lopez, Naya Rivera’s character on “Glee,” is one of them. Even if you’ve never watched “Glee,” Rivera’s character touched you because of how that representation is so important and empowering.

Naya Rivera’s place in LGBTQ+ media representation will be her long-lasting legacy.

Rivera brought us Santana Lopez, a queer Latina navigating the world of high school in a small town. For many, this kind of representation was so rare and often poorly done that Rivera’s command of the role was impactful. You didn’t have to be an avid viewer of the show to understand and appreciate the magnitude of Santana Lopez.

Rivera brought our experience directly to the mainstream and forced our own classmates to think about the way they saw queer people.

Rivera’s ability to capture the awkwardness and terror of being a closeted queer student in high school still resonates. It is a piece of nostalgia that is so deeply ingrained in queer people that it’s hard not to be emotional about Rivera’s sudden and tragic death.

Who can forget the moment Santana used “Landslide” to tell Brittany that she loved her.

The emotion of a love that is not easy to confess and live authentically is real. Ask any queer person you know about coming to terms with her sexuality in high school and you will hear about the fear and excitement. You will hear about the strategic allyships that epitomize the constant battle between being open and staying safe.

Rivera was more than an actress, she was an ally and advocate during her time on “Glee.”

Season 2, when Rivera’s feelings for Brittany (played by Heather Morris) grew, aired from 2010 to 2011. It was a time when marriage equality was not nationwide. Some states still barred same-sex couples from adopting children. Yet, queer high school and college students had a chance to see their experience mirrored because of Rivera’s insistence.

Rivera’s death is a major loss for the queer community that got our strength and courage from her.

Knowing that all of the “Glee” fans were rooting for and falling in love with Santana Lopez gave us a chance to breathe and feel accepted. Adding her Latina heritage was so important. Queer people of color, who have faced increased scrutiny from their own families, had someone representing them completely and sincerely.

Demi Lovato paid tribute by remembering the time she played Santana Lopez’s girlfriend.

The queer Latina love was not lost on fellow queer Latinos. Lovato herself was not out about her sexuality at the time and she admits in her post that Rivera inspired her. Rivera’s efforts to give the character an accurate and respectful storyline will forever be praised and admired as a fully realized manifestation of our experience.

Thank you for being someone we didn’t know we needed, Naya.

Our hearts are broken and our eyes are wet. We send love and hope to your loved ones. Rest in power, mija. We love you and will never forget what you did for our community.

READ: Naya Rivera’s Body Found In Lake Piru After Going Missing During Outing With Son

Naya Rivera’s Body Found In Lake Piru After Going Missing During Outing With Son

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Naya Rivera’s Body Found In Lake Piru After Going Missing During Outing With Son

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Update: Naya Rivera’s body has been found in Lake Piru after she went missing last week. Rivera’s disappearance has sent shockwaves of grief throughout the entertainment community as days passed and authorities combed the lake.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Naya Rivera’s body has been pulled from Lake Piru.

Naya Rivera was last seen July 8 when she rented a boat for an outing with her young son. Later that day, men on another boat found the rented boat with her son asleep by himself on the boat. The search for Rivera was frantic as family, friends, and fans publicly grieved the sudden disappearance.

Last week, the sheriff’s department told the public that it was unlikely Rivera’s body would resurface because of debris.

At a press conference, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kevin Donoghue said that the debris of trees and plants under the water could cause the body to be entangled under the surface. Coupled with the poor visibility underwater, Office Sgt. Donoghue was not optimistic about the department’s chances of finding the body.

“We’re putting our best foot forward to try and locate her. We’re using all the assets that are available to us. We’re using technology like sonar,” he said at the press conference. “We have experts who have dove this lake who know it inside and out, where debris pockets might be, we’re relying on their expertise to help us in that endeavor. We’re going to do everything we can to find her.”

Original: “Glee” star Naya Rivera is presumed dead after going missing in southern California. The actress was on a boat in Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son when she went missing July 8 in Ventura County.

Authorities are searching for Naya Rivera after going missing.

Naya Rivera is presumed dead after her young son was found alone in a boat in Lake Piru. The lake is in Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Rivera’s son was found asleep on the boat three hours after Rivera rented the boat for the mother-son outing. According to officials, the son said that he and Rivera went for a swim and that she didn’t get back on the boat. CNN reports that the child was wearing a life vest while an adult life vest was found on the boat.

The search was paused overnight between Wednesday and Thursday and resumed as a recovery mission.

Fans do not think that Ventura County Sheriff’s are doing enough in the search for the actress. Emotions are high as fans share their grief and shock at Rivera’s sudden disappearance. According to Deputy Chris Dyer, the water where the boat was found is about 40 feet deep and that wind is a big factor in that part of the lake.

Authorities have classified the search as a recovery in a signal that they believe Rivera to be dead.

A recovery mission means that authorities are looking to recover a body from the lake. The news has devastated Rivera’s friends and family who want her brought home safe. Her son is reportedly doing well and is with relatives as authorities search for his mother in the lake.

Celebrities are sending messages hoping for Rivera to be alive.

Rivera wrote a memoir titled “Sorry, Not Sorry,” which gives an intimate look into her life during and after “Glee.” The actress was open and honest in her memoir bringing up some of the darkest and toughest times she endured and how it shaped her in the years that followed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rivera’s loved ones.

This story is developing. mitú will report updates as they become available.

READ: Naya Rivera’s Memoir Talks About Abortion And Anorexia