America, meet America Ferrera! This talented young actress received rave reviews for her portrayal of Ana Garcia in Real Women Have Curves—her big screen debut! Now, she is taking television by storm in Ugly Betty.
Despite her character's seemingly unfashionable appearance, America says playing Betty makes her feel anything but ugly. "It's so funny because when I'm Ugly Betty, when I'm in that character, I feel so beautiful," America says. "And it's that smile with those braces, and the unconditional humanity that this character has. It makes me a better person, I think."
America feels Betty is especially important because she can show a generation of young girls that they have more to offer than just a pretty face. "They forget to realize that they have so much more to offer the world," America says.