It was one big "ugly" reunion this weekend.
The cast of Ugly Betty came together at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX, where they discussed details on the show and answered fan questions. America Ferrera originally announced the reunion back in April, revealing her excitement that the cast would be coming together for the panel. Almost the entire cast came together at the festival, including Mark Indelicato, Ana Ortiz and Tony Plana. Only Becki Newton was, sadly, missing from the cast reunion due to pneumonia.
Before taking the stage to discuss the hit series, Michael Urie snapped an epic selfie and posted it on WhoSay, writing "Pure joy w @AmericaFerrera @TheRealAnaOrtiz @VWOfficial @ItsBeckiNewton @JudithLight @farkindelicato @ATXFestival."
Entertainment Weekly reported a full chronological blog of the panel, noting that each of the cast members had their respective times to reflect on the series. Ferrera, in particular, recalls first being approached by Salma Hayek, one of the producers of the show. She explained, “I hadn’t heard anything about the show and she ran up to me and said, ‘You are my Ugly Betty,’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know what that means, but I will do whatever!’ And then she pitched me the show.”
Tony Plana also had some emotional words when looking back on the show's beginnings. “I felt so honored because I knew about the Latino show, the Spanish show, and reading the script, I felt a lot of responsibility for this character to do it right, and also I was challenged by the fact that it was both comedy and drama. It was very fulfilling that way for that reason… I still have that speech that I give to my two girls on my demo reel because I loved that speech in the kitchen when I tell you what happened with mom, etc. and again, it was just [that] we put a face on immigration in a way that no one had done before.”