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Betty-palooza at the Chicago Tribune

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 17th 2006 3:30PM
BettyChicago Tribune television critic Maureen Ryan has spent the past week regaling readers with "Betty-palooza" - a treasure trove of Ugly Betty-related interviews and features.

The centerpiece of the Betty fest is a nice tribute to the Norman Lear-ish quality of the series' concerns with class and ethnicity, but the big fun comes in the forms of revealing interviews with Vanessa Williams, Michael Urie, Ana Ortiz and the show's creator Silvio Horta. There's also a piece on Justin's sexuality and Marc's guide to being the perfect assistant.

The most interesting tidbits I gleaned from the reading the Tribune's coverage included:

- Vanessa Williams almost dropped the role of Wilhelmina after shooting the pilot, but was talked back into taking the role by her kids. Smart kids.
- The creators scoot the question of whether or not Justin is gay. Silvio Horta on Justin: "I think to make that proclamation, that he's gay or not, I think he's too young to know. I think he's just right now a kid who's different than other boys. He's into stuff that other kids his age aren't into."
- Betty's sushi date Henry from accounting will be back, but don't count on a Daniel-Betty hook-up anytime soon. Horta describes their dynamic as "brother and sister."
- Marc's best tips on being an assistant - "remove the obvious dangers - never leave the frisee in the salad," "never upstage" and "know when to shut up."

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