'Ugly Betty' scoop: The braces are coming off!

Americaferrera_lAfter a five-week hiatus, Ugly Betty takes back its Thursday perch tonight with the first of five all-new episodes. To mark the occasion, series creator Silvio Horta — who on Monday was honored with the Courage Award from the Point Foundation (great organization, check it out) — gave me permission to interrogate him about all things Ugly, including Henry’s return, Christina’s exit, Justin’s sexuality, and, yes, Betty’s braces.

Are you looking at Matt and Betty as a long-term couple?
SILVIO HORTA:
As long-term as it gets in TV. As with any romance, there will be obstacles as well as some misunderstandings before the finale, and it’s going to lead to some juicy stuff next year. Matt’s going to be around and their relationship is going to be changing and growing.

How significantly will Henry’s return threaten their relationship?
HORTA:
They’ve both moved on, but they obviously are still an important part of each others’ lives and that’s going to become a complication. There’s going to be feelings of insecurity on Matt’s side, and there are some unresolved things between Henry and Betty.

Speaking of Betty’s exes, might we see Gio again?
HORTA:
Potentially, but there are no plans at this point.

Will the issue of Justin’s sexuality be addressed next season?
HORTA:
Yeah, we’re going to explore stuff. He’ll be going to high school and getting older, so we’ll definitely be exploring that.

Will Marc find love after Cliff?
HORTA:
We’ve been discussing it. We haven’t started breaking the exact stories for next year, but that’s one of the things we’ve really talked about. We want to see [Marc and Amanda's] love lives.

How would you characterize Ashley Jensen’s departure? Was it mutual?
HORTA:
It was mutual. She’s amazing. From the get-go, we found some really good stories for her, but we never found enough to service her character the way we wanted to and the way she wanted to. She wanted to do more, but it was [difficult] with a large ensemble like this to give her more. I hope in the future she’ll come back. She’s an important part of the show.

Will Christina get a satisfying send-off?
HORTA:
She will. Next week’s episode will [set things in motion] with Wilhelmina’s baby – or her supposed baby – and it’s going to lead to a lot of complications.

Ana Ortiz gives birth in June. Will we see less of Hilda at the start of next season due to her maternity leave?
HORTA:
We may write her a little lighter in the beginning, but we’re not writing her out or anything.

Who is Rachel Dratch playing in the finale?
HORTA:
She’s playing a dual role. She’s playing Penny Meadows, an editor at Mode, and she’s also playing Mindy Meadows, her twin sister. It’s a one-time guest stint, but she was great.

The most asked Ugly Betty question from my readers: When is Betty getting her braces off?
HORTA:
Her braces will be off by the end of next season. Next year, there’s going to be a progression in her look overall. It’ll still be Betty, but you’ll see some growth in that direction.

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  • Ben

    Yes! No Gio! I hope he comes back for one ep where he is beaten to death with one of his own sandwiches. I’ll miss seeing Ashley Jensen. Yikes! No more braces??

  • eekme

    FINALLY the braces come off. It’s been three long years (in TV time). Umm, Justin might be gay? huh? When did this come about? (hehe)

  • genniel

    Thank goodness! Betty’s “look” has bothered me for a very long time. I understand why she shouldn’t be transformed into a ravishing beauty, but she looks like she should be in middle school, for cryting out loud!! I just think she should look a little more age appropriate. I am really glad to hear about the braces coming off and I really hope they change her hairstyle a little. That’s all I am looking for!

  • Miagkaia

    What ? What ? “there will be obstacles as well as some misunderstandings before the finale (…), their relationship is going to be changing and growing” ??? I thought that the end was supposed to be Betty / Daniel ? And that he would fall in love with her BEFORE she had a makeover ? That’s killing the whole concept that has made “Betty La Fea” this international multi-awarded series/telenovela… I’m disappointed !!

  • genniel

    Even though I am actually a fan of an eventual Betty/Daniel connection I don’t think many people are (including Eric Mabius & America Ferrera). I just don’t think that is going to happen on this version of the show. Sorry.

  • jaime

    Um in all BETTY version BETTY ends up with her BOSS!!!
    Betty & Daniel should end up together!

  • Adam

    Taking off the braces though is like taking the little hat off of Donald Duck. It’s a part of her “image”. I don’t know…
    http://tvdonewright.com/2009/04/30/upfront-preview-how-leno-will-hurt-nbc/

  • genniel

    That may be true, but in almost every interview with America Ferrera and/or Eric Mabius they have shown MAJOR dislike for the show going that direction and America Ferrera is a producer so I don’t see it happening on the American version. Like I said- I actually am a fan of the two of them eventually growing towards each other so I would like to see it happen and continue to hold out hope for it, I just think that it won’t.

  • Belle

    It is about friggin time! One thing that always bothered me about UB she has worn those BRACES SINCE HIGH SCHOOL and she is now 25?!? I know this is a sitcom and not “necessarily” real life but come on!! Her teeth must have looked like wolf fangs knarling on a tin can if they have been on for 7 plus years

  • beachpup

    Betty and Daniel together??? YUCK!! Plus Betty is too good for Daniel. He’s shallow and an idiot.

  • CommonSense

    this show has been creatively stagnant and complacent since the middle of S2. Maybe this hiatus was a good kick in the butt for them and the writers will up there game.

  • Sandi

    I love Betty’s braces….keep ‘em on.

  • Hemkit

    It’s about frakkin time they did *something* with Betty’s look. I get the name of the show is “Ugly Betty,” but for cryin’ out loud, how ugly does she have to be? Why couldn’t Hilda have “practiced” on her or maybe she could wear just one outfit that doesn’t clash? One can be plain, simple, etc, without being every classic example of “ugly” all at the same time. Jeesh.

  • a taylor

    In the ORIGINAL Colombian version of Ugly Betty known as “Betty La Fea,” Daniel falls in love with Betty BEFORE her physical makeover. His makover involves his maturity and character. In the end, they end up together.

  • Horatio

    Betty’s braces keep getting caught in the pubes.

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