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Costar: Salma Hayek Is 'Inspiring'

08/18/2008 at 02:00 PM EDT

Costar: Salma Hayek Is 'Inspiring'
Salma Hayek and daughter Valentina
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Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek’s recent split from her French billionaire fiancé, Francois-Henri Pinault, isn’t dampening her mood.

"I’ve never seen her happier," Hayek's Ugly Betty costar Ana Ortiz told PEOPLE.

The couple, whose daughter Valentina Paloma was born last September, announced their split last month, but Hayek, an executive producer on ABC’s Ugly Betty, was all smiles Sunday at the ALMA awards in Pasadena, Calif., where she accepted the show’s award for Outstanding Television Series.

"I think this is really just a whole new evolution of who she is," Ortiz, who wore a red Angel Sanchez dress to the event, added. "For me it’s inspiring because it goes to show you, you really can have it all. She’s handling everything with grace and dignity and she’s still kind.”

Ortiz, who took home her own award for best supporting actress in a television series, recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with husband Noah Lebenzon. Cchildren are definitely in the future for them, but they’re not in a hurry.

"When it happens it happens," she said. "We’re seeing. We’re leaving it up to fate," adding that Hayek is a "wonderful influence" as a mother.

Hayek hasn’t made an appearance yet on the Betty set since the show moved production to New York, Ortiz said. But when she finally does, the actress has a request:

"Hopefully she’ll bring the baby!"


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