Ugly Betty Stars Feel At Home in New York
"I'm totally not unpacked and still living out of a suitcase," Ana Ortiz told PEOPLE at the Ugly Betty block party in the Jackson Heights neighborhood in Queens, New York, Thursday. "But I'm crashing at my mom's place right now."
For the show's third season, ABC has relocated the entire production from Los Angeles to New York, where the story of Betty Suarez takes place. For native New Yorker Ortiz, who play's Betty's sister Hilda, the move to the Big Apple has brought her home -- and to where she wants to start a family with musician husband Noah Lebenzon.
"We found a perfect place in Brooklyn Heights. I love the neighborhood. It's really mellow, gorgeous and a great place to raise a family. I couldn't resist," Ortiz said. "I'm looking forward to being a mom."
For Betty herself, America Ferrera, packing up and moving to New York seems like a homecoming of a different kind. "I love living in New York City," she said. "I feel like I was here in a past life."
Unlike her awkward character, Ferrera fits right in in the Big Apple. "I take the subway all the time," she says. "I took the 7 train for the first time the other day. I went over to Queens and hung out over the weekend. It was great!"
For Mark Indelicato, who plays Betty's nephew (and Hilda's son) Justin, moving to New York gives him the chance to catch up on his first inspiration -- the Broadway stage. "I definitely want to start to see Broadway shows," he says. "That's why I got involved in the business. So hopefully I will get to see as many as I can." -- Paul ChiSoul Brother/FilmMagic