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Find Out What Are The Ugly Betty Cast Members Doing These Days

It’s been exactly 8 years since Ugly Betty’s last episode aired back in 2010 and we’re still not over it! This show was not only groundbreaking as it discussed topics rarely seen on primetime television but also because it was centered on a family that was 100% Latino. It’s because we love this show so much that we decided to check out what the Ugly Betty cast has been doing since then.

1. America Ferrera

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Betty Suarez.

Back in 2006, America took primetime television by storm winning the Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG Award for her role as the lovable but fashion-challenged editor’s assistant, Betty. Landing the main role in this Colombian telenovela adaptation not only allowed her to reach fame but also be praised by the Secretary of Labor for her helping break the Latina stereotype in television.

1. America Ferrera

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After her breakthrough as Betty, she supplied her voice for all 3 How To Train Your Dragon movies, went off to London’s West End to play Roxie Hart in the Chicago musical and as of 2015 starred in the show Superstore. America has done more than just TV, in the past few years, she has been very political as we’ve seen give a speech at the 2017 Women’s March and also campaigning for Hillary.

2. Mark Indelicato

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Justin Suarez.

Just like Betty, Justin was another pivotal character on the show. During its 4 seasons, he became a role model for the younger audience, showing them a boy who was comfortable in his own skin even if he was a lot different from other kids. Not only was the show treating Justin’s sexual identity as a non-issue but also showed one of 1st gay teen kisses on TV.

2. Mark Indelicato

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After the show ended back in 2010, he continued his acting career on shows like Hot in Cleveland, became a fashion blogger, photographer, social media influencer, and singer. He’s also political and a strong supporter of the Women’s March.

3. Vanessa Williams

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Wilhelmina Slater.

Vanessa’s role as Wilhelmina Slater was a big hit for her. She was nominated for the Emmy Awards 3 years in a row and she won several awards including the Teen Choice Award for Best Villian on TV. Later on became she was named one of the Best 100 Characters of the Last 20 Years by Entertainment Weekly and also #25 on the list of TV’s Greatest Villians of All Time.

3. Vanessa Williams

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After her role as Wilhelmina, her next hit was the part of Renne Perry in the last 2 seasons of desperate housewives. She has also been a guest star on several hit shows like The Good Wife, Modern Family, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Broad City, and Phineas & Ferb.

4. Ana Ortiz

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Hilda Suarez.

How to forget Hilda Suarez, the amazing single mom that taught her kid to always feel comfortable with who he was, even when others were judging… The world definitely needs more unconditionally supportive parents like her.

4. Ana Ortiz

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After the show, she starred in Devious Maids, and was a guest star on shows like Revenge, How To Get Away With Murder, The Mindy Project and used her voice for Family Guy. 

5. Eric Mabius

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Daniel Meade.

Throughout the 4 season, we saw how Betty helped her (sometimes clueless) boss grow up and become one of the best Editors-In-Chief MODE magazine ever had.

5. Eric Mabius

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After playing Daniel for 4 seasons, Eric appeared as a guest star on shows like Scandal, The Client List, The L Word (final season), and Chicago Fire. He also got the lead role in Hallmark’s film series Signed, Sealed and Delivered.

6. Rebecca Romijn

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Alexis Meade.

During her 2 seasons on the show, Rebecca played Alexis Meade, one of the 1st fully-realized transgender characters on primetime TV. Even if Alexis was played by a cis-gender woman, the importance of showing her as a successful, family-oriented, intelligent woman is undeniable.

6. Rebecca Romijn

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After being on the show for 2 seasons, she continued working on the X-Men franchise as Mystique, starred her own show The Librarians, has been a guest judge on Project Runway and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and lend her voice for cartoons like The Cleveland Show and Adventure Time.

7. Judith Light

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Claire Meade.

Judith’s role as Claire, the recovered alcoholic matriarch of the Meade family earned her an Emmy nomination back in 2007.

7. Judith Light

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After the show, Judith won 2 Tony Awards and was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award. She has appeared on shows like the 2nd season of American Crime Story, Nurse Jackie and is a regular on Amazon Studio’s Transparent.

8. Michael Urie

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Marc St. James.

Marc, the loyal and devious assistant of Wilhelmina Slater made us laugh time after time with his sharp tongue and dark humor. 

8. Michael Urie

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After 2010, Michael had a recurring role in The Good Wife and was a guest star in Modern Family. He has also done a lot of theatre productions and directed a few documentaries.

9. Adam Rodriguez

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Bobby Talercio.

Bobby was Betty’s crush during High School when Hilda and him dated. Bobby’s 1st appearance is until season 4 when he gets reacquainted with Hilda and eventually gets married to her.

9. Adam Rodriguez

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After Ugly Betty, he kept playing Erik Delko in CSI: Miami and also had recurring roles in shows like Jane The Virgin, EmpireCriminal Minds, and even Sesame Street.

10. Tony Plana

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Ignacio Suarez.

Ignacio’s struggle during the show was one of the most important topics covered during the 4 seasons, as he was one of the 1st characters on primetime TV to discuss the immigration issues and fears experienced by many.

10. Tony Plana

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After 2010, Tony has appeared on shows like Desperate Housewives, The Fosters, Jane The Virgin, and One Day At A Time. He has also written and directed episodes for shows like CSI and 24. Just like many of the cast members, he’s politically active.

These Iconic Ugly Betty Moments Defined A Show That Defined Our Youth

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These Iconic Ugly Betty Moments Defined A Show That Defined Our Youth

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It has been over 10 years since the Salma Hayek-produced hit “Ugly Betty” aired its final episode. And we miss the Suarez family and the extravagant personalities of the magazine industry. While the story of “Betty, La Fea” had been adapted (and continues to be adapted) in numerous countries and languages, the U.S. version represented a breakthrough moment for the representation of Latinos. It also gave actress America Ferrara the ideal platform to launch her career. 

Without “Ugly Betty” there would be no “Jane the Virgin,” no “Vida” (you gotta watch this one!) and no wider representation of Latino culture on television. The road is still long, but Betty and her poncho smashed the glass ceiling. 

Here are some of our favorite moments of the show.

When Betty chats about ponchos with a top model who is wearing a Dolce & Gabbana cape.

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We adore Betty because she is clueless and doesn’t buy into the whole fashion industry. This is Betty at her cutest, comparing her famous poncho with a super expensive one. 

When she shows up to Mode’s headquarters for the first time, wearing her poncho, of course.

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This tender moment took places in the pilot episode. We will never forget the bold yellow letters and our girl’s sunshine of a smile! This moment will be forever engrained in the history of television. 

When Wihelmina gets risky duck injections this is more like a cautionary tale.

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Wihelmina is funny and tragic in equal measures. We love her telenovela-like obsession with youth, and seeing her like this gave us a sense of guilty pleasure, TBH.  Also: do not try this at home. 

When Betty goes to London during Fashion Week in Season 4.

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Really, our chiquita needed a break from all that drama. It was great seeing her in the British capital enjoying some time with her beau (Freddy Rodriguez, we miss you!). Betty looks so relaxed and elegant here, we can’t get enough of her. 

When Amanda walks the halls of Mode naked and Betty gets freaked out.

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This is such a Betty moment: the conservative Latina girl encounters the body positivity of the fashion industry. Ay, Dios

When Daniel silently realizes a hug from Betty feels like home.

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Betty and Daniel have such an up and down relationship. But when it is just the two of them, the pretty boy understands that he feels safe and loved with Betty. Nothing like a hug to reveal what the heart truly wants. 

When Betty finally loses her braces and munches on a metallic bra to test her teeth.

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Episode 17 of Season 4 was magical: our Betty finally shows her Million Dollar Smile! A new world of sensations awaits her as she enjoys a brace-free mouth for the first time in like forever. Oh, Betty, eres una chistosa

When Wihelmina gets married but is jealous of Victoria Beckham.

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Yes, Wihelmina loves the spotlight so seeing her compete for everyone’s attention with her famous maid of honor is funny, funny, funny. Victoria shines as the attention-grabber that becomes Wihelmina’s worst nightmare. 

When Marc tells Betty she has it easy because she is Latina and there is affirmative action.

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Betty gets picked up for a training program, YETI, and Marc doesn’t. He is obviously upset, him being him, and tells her that she got it because she is Latina. Such a relatable moment for all of us, eh! 

When Marc finally comes out of the closet with his mom.

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We do not care much for Marc: he is egocentric and makes our girl’s life a living hell inside Mode. But he gave us this very tender moment when he couldn’t keep his sexual identity from his mother anymore and just spilled the beans. Good on him.

Speaking of coming out. When Alexis Meade revealed she was trans.

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She did so right in the middle of a fashion show. She revealed her identity as Daniel’s former brother. A truly groundbreaking moment in television history when it comes to the representation of non-gender-conforming individuals. 

When cultures collide.

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The show is very skillful in showing the tensions that exist when Anglo and Mexican-American cultures collide. Here we can see Marc visiting the Suarez family. An uncomfortable but very revealing moment that happens in the US every-single-pinche-day. 

When Wihelmina shows men who boss really is all of the time.

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Wihelmina is a much more complex character than we give her credit for. After all, she is a powerful woman in a corporate environment. As much as we mistrust her, we admire her will, elegance and general badass attitude. Queen.

When Justin auditions in Broadway.

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We love how sure of himself Betty’s brother, Justin, is. He doesn’t give an F about what anyone thinks. He is flamboyant and he owns it! In this audition, by the way, he bumps into the school’s bully, Randy, and they form an unexpected bond. They were auditioning for “Billy Elliot,” by the way, a musical about overcoming stereotypes and just being yourself. 

When Wihelmina performs onstage at a drag club.

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After finding out that a drag queen has stolen her personality to stage a show, our villana takes matters into her own heels and goes on stage. It is “Ugly Betty” meets “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Sabor! 

When Adele makes an appearance.

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We just love the British diva, and so does Betty. When the singer shows up at a party and performs, Betty just can’t act like anything else but a fangirl! This episode helped Adele be more widely known in the coveted U.S. market. 

When Justin is named the Homecoming Queen as a joke, but he owns the moment.

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He accepts the flowers, dedicates the win to his late mom and turns humiliation into glory! Hail Queen Justin! Years later, “Glee”would do something similar. 

When Justin experiences his first his… awww…

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Another groundbreaking moment. Teen gay characters are often portrayed as conflicted and rejected. Not Justin, though, who shares his first kiss with pretty boy Austin. A tender, unforgettable moment. 

When Naomi Campbell herself played ball. 

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“Ugly Betty”had its share of guest appearances, but one of the best was having the supermodel appear in season 2. She was playing in team Elleagainst team Mode: the rivalry spread from the glossy pages to the field. Just look at her.

When Betty met Shakira herself in the Bahamas.

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Real women have curves, as we witnessed in this episode with two of the biggest Latina icons ever. Just seeing these two onscreen together gave us all the proud feels.

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

America Ferrera Almost Quit Acting. Here’s Why

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America Ferrera Almost Quit Acting. Here’s Why

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In a recent interview with The Frame’s John Horn, America Ferrera opened up about the struggles she’s faced to combine her love of acting with her passion for activism. These days, America has been definitely been able to spread awareness on a variety of issues, but getting to this point took years of soul-soul searching. America explains the professional and personal evolution she went through to get to where she is today. Here are a few quotes from that 13-minute interview, but I urge you to check out the entire interview via The Frame. It’s definitely a great listening experience for anyone facing a similar situation.

On her early career.

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“When I was 16 years old, auditioning for jobs, I wasn’t thinking about representing anyone. I was thinking about, you know, getting a job, and getting to do what I loved to do.”

On how “Real Women Have Curves” influenced her.

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“With the first film I ever did, “Real Women Have Curves”, I just noticed that it was an opportunity to represent people, and to create representations that don’t exist out there. And so that very quickly became part of the math for me.”

On how she’s using her producer role to create opportunities.

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“I think who I am as a person, and who I am as a storyteller, I very much take that into consideration. And especially now as a producer, somebody who’s out there, y’know, trying to enable certain stories to come through, I’m absolutely thinking about all those things. How do I create more accurate, more authentic representations of people who don’t get to be seen.”

On those who paved the way for her career.

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“I happened to be in the right place at the right time to play Anna in “Real Women Have Curves” or Betty Suarez in “Ugly Betty.” I realized how fortunate I am and who had to come before me and play 200 maids so that I could step in and play “Ugly Betty” on broadcast television. And I do think that there is so much work that needs to be done.

On how she combines activism and entertainment.

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“I think it’s the artist’s role to reflect the world we live in, to represent people and stories and voices […] it is the role of the artist to push culture and society forward, to push us towards progress, and not just merely reflect what we see in some sort of neutral way, if neutral is even possible in this day and age.”

[HT] America Ferrera nearly quit acting to be an activist — now she does both

READ: 7 Great America Ferrera Clapbacks Of 2016

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