America Ferrera Discusses 'Ugly Betty' with Rachael Ray
America Ferrera Discusses 'Ugly Betty' with Rachael Ray
Following the third season premiere of Ugly Betty, America Ferrera made an appearance on Rachael Ray's talk show last October 1st.  The series star talked about her role this year, the changes happening on the Ugly Betty set, and some misfortunes she's had to encounter.

America comically revealed to the audience that she had an Ugly Betty moment at the recent Emmy Awards celebration.  She almost flashed the entire audience when her wardrobe malfunctioned during the commercial break.  Her designer gown fell apart, but it was lucky that she wasn't on stage.   America was merely waiting to present an award with her Ugly Betty co-star Vanessa Williams when the incident left her exposed. 

“I was wearing this dress with a bustle underneath to make it fluffy.  I stood up and it just slipped out from me, the whole skirt.  I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm naked underneath!'  I ran backstage and asked an intern for a safety pin,” she told Rachael Ray.  America found herself in the women's dressing room, trying to figure out what to do when two actresses came to her rescue. 

“[T]his woman said, 'Can I help you?' I looked up and it's Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  And then Catherine Keener came along and the intern came back with a safety pin. So I'm standing at a mirror and Catherine Keener and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are at my butt with a safety pin.  I made it onstage and no one was the wiser,” she added. 

The two ladies also conversed about Ugly Betty's move to New York, and if any “bad” things happened to America since then.  The actress describes the experience as something close to “being home,” despite having to deal with an unfortunate leak in her apartment.  She surprised everyone by saying how her ceiling collapsed one night and a water pipe led her to asking four firemen to come lend her a hand.

Learning from years of experience in the area, America stated, “If you're going to be a New Yorker, you have to accept, you know, the scars, the battle wounds.”  She faced the experience with a laugh instead, saying that “Well, I'd just tell this story in a talk show!” 

After a while, they get back on track and talk about guest stars on Ugly Betty.  America Ferrera pointed out that most of the cast found that Patti LuPone was one of their favorites.  Rachel Ray also asked her about her guest star wish list, and America opened up about her idol, Bette Midler.

Ferrera got a little surprise from the acclaimed actress, which is a certificate for a tree Bette planted in honor of the Ugly Betty star.  Before the culinary part of the show, America talked about the international impact of the entire Betty franchise.  She was able to meet some of the other Bettys from around the world and swap stories as well.

Below is a video of the first part of the Rachael Ray interview, which is followed by America and the host cooking pasta.

Having aired this season's second episode yesterday, Ugly Betty returns next week at 8pm with the shocking “Crimes of Fashion” on ABC.

-Maria Gonzalez, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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