Shakira to the rescue! TVGuide.com is reporting that our girl Shaki will appear in a November episode of Ugly Betty that takes place in the Bahamas, where Betty and the Mode gang travel to complete a photo shoot. And get this, the Colombian songstress “plays a pivotal role in helping save the day when things go awry.” Who needs Superman when you've got a She Wolf, right?
Executive Producer, Silvio Horta, says Shaki—who will play a version of herself on the show—is staying at the same resort as Betty and Co. under a fake name. "Justin's the one who knows [Shakira's] alias," Horta reveals.
The cast and crew of Betty is headed to the islands to film the episode, but a rep for ABC tells E! Online that Shaki, “will be shooting her scenes in New York, but they will [appear] in the Bahamas episode—which will most likely air in November."
What exactly prompted Shakira’s foray into acting? In an interview with People, Horta explains: "We had a very memorable moment in the third episode where Betty has a makeover that goes wrong and she struts down the street to 'Hips Don't Lie'…She's an enormous Latina icon, as is Betty, and we thought it was a perfect fit."
Shakira is only the third Latina to play a version of herself on television (after Jennifer Lopez (Will & Grace), and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Entourage). She’s also the third Latin star to sign up for a guest appearance on Betty’s fourth season. Cuban actors Adam Rodriguez and Jamie-Lynn Sigler are committed to multiple episode arcs. Season four of Ugly Betty premieres on Friday Oct. 9 at 8/7c on ABC.
We’ll definitely be tuning in to see Shaki do her thing—but we’d watch her in anything: Whenever, Wherever!
Will you be watching?