America Ferrera says goodbye to ‘Betty’

[15 March 2010]

By Rick Bentley

McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

LOS ANGELES — Should America Ferrera ever decided to stop acting, she’d make a great politician. The star is the picture of perfect tact when asked about the end of her TV series “Ugly Betty.”

After being moved around the schedule, ABC has canceled the series after a four-year run. The finale will be broadcast in April.

Ferrera pauses to carefully pick her words when asked whether ABC was wrong to cancel the show.

“I think that our audience will miss us. We have a devoted and loving group of people who watch our show and who our show has been very important to their lives and it’s really changed people’s lives in certain ways and been inspiring,” Ferrera says. “I’m not a network executive. It’s not about wrong or right for me. It is what it is and you just do the best you can with the time they give you and be grateful for it and move on.”

That moving on includes concentrating on her film career, which includes the new feature film “Our Family Wedding” that opened in theaters Friday. Ferrera, who appeared in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and “How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer,” is also a voice talent in the upcoming “How to Train Your Dragon.”

Ferrera signed on for “Our Family Wedding,” about how two very different families deal with a last-minute wedding, because she likes the idea of a film that doesn’t follow the standard Hollywood script of having the bride be obsessed with her wedding day.

“I think women are a lot more complicated than obsessing over one day in their lives,” Ferrera says.

She wanted to be in the film so much that she dealt with a grueling work schedule last summer.

Four hours after finishing the third season of “Ugly Betty,” she flew to a wardrobe fitting for the film “The Dry Land,” which she executive-produced and starred in. After four weeks of working on that film, she immediately shot “Our Family Wedding” and then returned to Los Angeles just in time to start filming season four of “Ugly Betty.”

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