10/02/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles
LATEST GIG: The not-so-fashion-forward Betty Suarez on ABC's Ugly Betty
, premiering Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. ET
• UGLY IS BEAUTIFUL
Playing a homely assistant at a fashion magazine, Ferrera embraces Betty's braces and bulky sweaters. "Think back to Charlize Theron
's role in Monster—[ugly] roles are enticing," she explains. "It's fun as an actress to go somewhere extreme. I'm okay if people don't know who I am, but if you remember my character that would be great."
• GLAM SLAMMED
"I really hate the duties of being a celebrity, like getting dressed up for the red carpet," says Ferrera, who is one semester away from a degree in international relations at USC. "I work myself into a lather where I'm like, 'This isn't me. This isn't what I want to be doing. I just want to be in my sweats, walk my dog, watch TV and eat pizza.'"
• GO FIGURE
"I think it's hilarious when magazines call Jessica Alba
or Eva Longoria
curvy," says Ferrera, who flaunted her voluptuous form in the 2002 Sundance hit Real Women Have Curves
. "Come on. They're not curvy, they're small—I'm curvy!"
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