America Ferrera reacts to the possibility of an ‘Ugly Betty’ reunion: ‘I would be thrilled’

America Ferrera responds to the possibility of an 'Ugly Betty' reunion: "Betty is my heart. I would be thrilled."
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The iconic character of Betty Suarez in the hit series ‘Ugly Betty’ is still the talk of the entertainment world, making it something truly special.

At Elle’s 2023 Women in Hollywood celebration, America Ferrera was one of the honorees who attended the red carpet and talked to Entertainment Tonight about how much the recognition among so many “extraordinary women” meant to her. To this honor, Ferrera said she focuses on being able to create space through our advocacy. “[It’s important] to be able to be more than just carrying the label of women – getting to be artists, getting to be in our craft, getting to talk about our craft and tell stories that really transcend the labels that we’ve had to build our careers under,” she added.

The conversation with the actress has been winning hearts on the internet and making headlines, but there is one topic that has stolen the spotlight and raised the most interest among her fans after all: The possibility of an ‘Ugly Betty’ reunion! To add the cherry on top, the actress who will be voicing Olga Solis in the upcoming animated film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, “Elio,” didn’t shy away from the question and continued to talk about the possibility of a much-awaited reunion for her hit late-2000s sitcom, which has been looming over the fans’ heads for a while.

To this, Ferrera told ET: 

“I think there has been like a deep desire there for a long time because our Ugly Betty family is so close and so we love each other so much.” She revealed, “I think we’d all come back in a heartbeat.” Adding, “It takes a lot of work to get a thing off the ground — maybe we’ll figure it out.” With a smile that radiated nostalgia and a twinkle in her eye, Ferrera exclaimed, “Betty is my heart. I would be thrilled [to play her again].” she added. 

In addition to this, for an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood, she shared how she keeps in touch with her former “Ugly Betty” co-stars, saying, “Judith Light presented me with the Critics Choice Award last night. Vanessa Williams, and Michael [Urie] and I see each other in New York when we can. Ana Ortiz and Mark Indelicato are like my literal family. I mean, we are family, and they’re like my heart.” Their shared love is evident, as last week, executive producer Salma Hayek also shared a flashback post thanking fans for their continued love for the show and praising Ferrera’s talents.

“I am so excited that a new generation is discovering Ugly Betty,” she wrote in part. “It was groundbreaking at its time and has remained relevant throughout all these years. America, I’m so proud of all your accomplishments; we couldn’t have done it without such a great cast.”


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In the same interview, the actress, 39, reflected on her role as Gloria, a Mattel employee who helps Barbie in the real world in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie, which has become a “cultural phenomenon,” by grossing $1.44 billion in the box office and becoming the highest-grossing film of 2023 as well as the highest-grossing film by a solo female director. Ferrera also reflected on how Greta Gerwig found a way to make it so meaningful as she also reflected on her epic monologue from the movie.

“I think that it speaks to how much we need to hear our own voices,” she said, which, according to co-star Alexandra Shipp, she delivered “100 times” on set. She recalled, “Greta and Noah [Baumbach] wrote the monologue and it was my job to try to deliver it as honestly and as truthfully as I could.” She concluded by stating, “It wasn’t that hard, as it resonated with me deeply. And I’m so grateful that it’s resonating with audiences and that it’s moving them. I think that’s what the power of storytelling is, it makes us feel seen in our private, intimate experiences.”


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About Ugly Betty

Ugly Betty is a comedy-drama television series developed by Silvio Horta, which was originally broadcast on ABC. It premiered on September 28, 2006, and ended on April 14, 2010. 

The series is based on Fernando Gaitán’s Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, which has had many other international adaptations. It revolves around the character Betty Suarez (America Ferrera), who – despite her lack of style – lands a job at a prestigious fashion magazine. The wholesome Betty embraces her unique appearance and independent attitude in the cutthroat world of New York fashion. With the help of her proud yet far-from-glamorous family from Queens, Betty will continue to have big dreams and deal with any obstacle in her unique style.

It was produced by Silent H, Ventanarosa, and Reveille Productions, partnered with ABC Studios, with Salma Hayek, Horta, Ben Silverman, Jose Tamez, and Joel Fields serving as executive producers. As of writing this, the series, which has four seasons, can be streamed on Netflix and Hulu. You can also stream Ugly Betty by renting or purchasing on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu, with a wide range of memberships. In case you might not be able to watch the series because of geo-blocking, the readers can stream the episodes by using a suitable VPN.

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