Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ana Ortiz: ‘Respect Your Elders’

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Always respect your elders.

That’s the motto of Ugly Betty star Ana Ortiz, who admits she was speechless when 76-year-old film icon Rita Moreno guest starred on the series last season.

Moreno – who paved the way for Latinos in Hollywood with her Academy Award-winning role as Anita in West Side Story – was one of Ortiz’s role models growing up, and she still can’t believe they shared the same screen together.

Ortiz explains, “It sounds kind of silly, but when Rita Moreno came on Ugly Betty I almost died. She has been a lifelong idol of mine and I don’t think any of this [Latinos in Hollywood] would’ve happened without her success. I didn’t know what to say and I kept telling everyone in the cast, ‘Respect her – she’s a legend!’ It was definitely my crowing moment on the show.”

Season three of Ugly Betty premieres tonight (Sep. 25) on ABC.

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