Ortiz who plays Betty Suarezs [America Ferrera] older sister Hilda on the series says mothering her TV son, both on and off-screen, has become second nature.
Says Ortiz: Marks real mom is always on the set, and her and I have become very close. At the end of last season her and I were talking on the set while Mark was off eating a doughnut, and all of the sudden Mark goes, Mom! and her and I both turn around and go, What! And his mom is like, Nuh-uh, listen to me!
But while her motherly instincts for Indelicato are natural, Ortiz insists theres no mom jealousy between her and his real mom.
She adds, As a matter of fact, shes like, Ana, you can take him! Please, take him! Mark and I have a mother-son, big sister-little brother type of relationship. Hes preparing me to deal with my own kids someday, and if I can deal with a teen, I can deal with anything!
Season two of Ugly Betty premieres this Thursday (Sept. 27).
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