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.