Full detailed profile on Betty Suarez Played by America Ferrera on Ugly Betty Daytime Soap Opera.
Actor: America Ferrera
Who played Betty Suarez over the years
Useful information on Betty Suarez
* Lives in Queens with her family.
Current: Personal assistant to Daniel Meade
Past: Human resource coordinator at Pro-Buy
Past: Soft Serve Specialist/Weekend Night Manager at Corona Cones
Betty has planned most of her life with the ambition of becoming a magazine editor. After a series of internships and small jobs, she was placed in the unlikely position of editorial assistant at MODE. This appointment came at the behest of Bradford Meade, not because of her qualifications, but for her looks. More specifically, her bad looks, which he imagined would be off-putting enough to keep the mind of his womanizing son Daniel on his work.
Coming from a lower-middle class background in Queens did not prepare her to deal with the fashion demimonde. Immediately met with scorn by both Daniel and her co-workers, she gradually built up a relationship with him thanks to her agile thinking and hard work. She has since made herself indispensable to him, perhaps too much so, often getting involved in sorting out his love life or selecting what shirt he should wear. Even her co-workers have eased on her as time has gone by, if mostly for pragmatic reasons. She did make quick friends with Christina who has subsequently served as her adviser. More significantly, she's found a new admirer in Henry from accounting. She has tried to stifle her growing fantasies about him for the sake of her unfaithful and dull boyfriend Walter, but has begun to crack. Rejecting his proposal, she has tried to move on to new things. This has caused conflicts with her sister, who regards this as a betrayal of the family and continually urges Betty to come to work with her.
Recently, she has discovered that her father is an illegal immigrant and sought financial help to pay for legal fees. However, when Wilhelmina offered her money in exchange for her betrayal of Daniel, her conscience got the better of her and she refused it. She found an unlikely role model in magazine editor Sofia Reyes who has often given her advice and encouragement, going so far as offering her an editorial position in her new magazine.
Betty tries to get away from the news cameras and ends up running directly into a wall. Justin amuses himself by watching the footage over and over again. Betty informs Hilda that Daniel’s family is in a real mess right now. At Mode, Bradford and Alexis finally face off! She tells him that she wished that he was still in prison and he tells her that she is fired! Amanda is shocked to find out that Marc still hasn’t told his mother that he is gay. He then informs her that his mother is coming to town and that he needs to end their “make believe” girlfriend/boyfriend relationship is over. He insists that after 3 years his mother is pressuring him to take the relationship to the next level. Amanda gets angry and storms off yelling to Marc that she will be the best pretend girlfriend he has ever had! Bradford goes to see Claire to see how she is doing. She insists that she has been better. He tells her that he is here for her. Daniel comes in and Claire informs them that she wants them to be a family....including Alexis! Claire then tells Bradford that he can’t fire Alexis because he doesn’t own Mode. She informs him that he is the owner of Meade Publications....but that she is the owner of Mode, and she says that Alexis stays!
Betty tells Daniel that it may be a good thing that he and Alexis work side by side. Daniel informs her that it was never easy working directly beside Alex because he always had to pull out on top. Daniel and Alexis meet with Wilhelmina to inform her that they are both Editors-in-Chief at Mode. Daniel informs Wilhelmina that she is still the creative director. When he begins to claim what duties he will handle, Alexis interrupts and insists that she doesn’t want anything to do with the business. Daniel leaves the room and Wilhelmina rushes over to Alexis. She tells her that she has to take what belongs to her and that she can’t leave Mode. Wilhelmina then tells her that she should take her office and operate from there. Marc panics when Wilhelmina drags him down to their new office. She insists that it will be temporary. Just long enough for Alexis and Daniel to kill each other! Marc gets a text message on his cell phone informing him that his mother is in the building.
Marc’s mother (Ms. Jean Wiener) stops at the desk to see Amanda and tells her that she can’t believe how she broke her little boy’s heart with all of her drug and sex addictions! Amanda notices Betty walking down the hall and pulls her over to their meeting. She tells Jean that Betty is his new girlfriend! Betty laughs and starts to tell her that Marc is gay, but before she can get the words out, he grabs her and kisses her on the lips! Marc then rushes to the bathroom and washes out his mouth. Betty tells him that she can’t believe that his mother doesn’t notice how “sparkly” he is. He then begs her to help him and play along. Amanda notices that Betty’s cell phone is ringing. When she sees that it is Ignacio on the phone, she tells Mrs. Wiener that she should answer and inform him that she and Marc are dating. Amanda then joyfully rushes over to tell Marc and Betty the news that they have dinner plans with Betty’s family. Marc tells Betty that if she helps him he will tell her information that will help save Daniel’s job!
Betty rushes to see Daniel and tells him that Alexis is planning to take over the company and push him out! Daniel puts on his jacket and goes to see his sister. Alexis tells him that they should try working together. He insists that he is not just her kid brother anymore and that he can’t push her around. She tells him that they are in this 50/50. Daniel agrees and instructs her to have her letter from the Editor ready by noon tomorrow so that they can print them side by side. When he leaves she calls in Nick (her assistant) and orders him to cancel his plans for tonight because they have to get their work completed by midnight. She informs him that Daniel is crazy if he thinks that she is going to share anything with him! Alexis has a major photo shoot and sends her pictures in to be on the next cover of the Magazine. Wilhelmina is pleased with all that she has done and insists that this is just too easy! Alexis tells them that Daniel isn’t going to know what hit him and rushes out the door.
Marc and Betty work hard at memorizing personal information about each other so that they can muddle through dinner with their parents. Betty gets distracted for a moment when Henry comes over to drop off the mail. Henry mumbles the answers to the personal questions concerning Betty while Marc passes on them all. Henry leaves them alone so that they can finish what they are doing. Betty goes to see Daniel and tells him that his letter as the Editor needs to be stronger. She then rushes out to go home and get things together for the dinner at her house.
Marc, Jean and Lady Buttons (her cat) arrive at the Suarez household for dinner. Hilda insists to Marc that she wouldn’t have missed this evening for the world. Betty and Marc struggle to make conversation during the dinner. Betty focuses the conversation on Jean and her cats. Jean then brings up Marc’s old roommate chuck Marc quickly insists that they weren’t that close. Hilda and Ignacio make numerous comments hinting to homosexuality and giggle at the situation. Things get a little too intense and Betty excuses them to her room. She informs Marc that he is a grown man and that he needs to tell her the truth. Marc insists that if tells her the truth now....it is going to ruin things between them. Betty assures him that it is the right thing to do and that it will make their relationship better. Justin arrives and complains to everyone that his father took him out for fast food and that he trying his best to watch points for swim suit season. He then shows off his “Free Claire Meade” t-shirt. He insists that he is not going to rest until that woman is free! Lady Buttons notices the door open and runs out. Ignacio runs after her and sets the alarm off from his ankle monitoring device. Jean sits in shock of all that is going on around her. The doorbell rings and Daniel enters the room. When Jean asks who he is, Justin tells her that Daniels is Betty’s ex-boyfriend!
Daniel tells Betty that he has finished the letter and wants her to proof it. She informs him that she is proud of him and that she will submit it in time for the printers. Daniel leaves and Marc walks in to see what is keeping Betty so long. He informs her that she doesn’t need to focus on the letter because Alexis has already sent the issue to print. Betty tells Marc that she must leave and notify Daniel of what is going on. She slams the door leaving Marc all alone there with his mother and her family. She catches up to Daniel and they rush off to stop the press! As Marc and Jean gather their things to leave, he informs her that he is breaking up with Betty. She is thrilled to hear that and starts putting down all of the Suarez family (Hilda for getting pregnant at a young age, Ignacio for being illegal and Betty for her looks). Justin runs by and she tells Marc that she doesn’t even know what that is. Marc becomes furious and informs her that these people have done some really nice things for him tonight. He informs her that she is practically calling her own son “swishy” when she talks about Justin like that. She begs him not to say anymore. He then tells her to open up her eyes and see him for what he is. She looks at her son and tells him that if this is the real him, then she doesn’t want to know him. She opens the door and leaves the Suarez house and sarcastically instructs him to thank them for a “lovely” evening!
Alexis sees Daniel and Betty running down the street to the printers. Daniel and Alexis sprint side by side toward the entrance but Alexis wins in the end. Daniel then runs into Betty at a bar and tells her that if Alexis wants the company, then she can have it. He insists that he has plenty of partying that he can catch up on. Wilhelmina sits in her office and thinks of a plan. She reaches down and scratches out her last name (Slater) on her stationary and writes in Meade! She then dolls all up and heads over to see Bradford. She offers him a little dinner and some company. Betty arrives back home and finds Marc sitting alone on her front porch. He tells her that his mother left when he told her the truth. Betty tells him that she has learned that it is not always family that loves you the most and that sometimes it is the family that we make for ourselves. Marc leaves to go home and Betty sits alone and reads the letter that Daniel wrote. His letter talks about how happy he is to have Alexis back with him and that his family is coming together. Betty goes inside and spends time with her family.
Daniel tells Betty that she can’t let anyone know that he is sleeping with Grace Chin....especially Alexis. Betty swears to keep the secret and heads downstairs to see Christina. Betty tries to deny it when Christina starts gossiping about Daniel and Grace sleeping together, but Christina sees right through it. Henry stops in and gives Betty the invitation to Charlie’s birthday party. Christina is surprised to hear that she is going, but Betty informs her that she does not want to lose Henry as a friend. Christina insists that Betty will need a date for the evening. They ponder the thought and Betty calls her orthodontist for an appointment and informs him that a wire has snapped on her braces. He tells her to come in for another visit. She hangs up the phone and turns to Christina with a big smile. Christina then reaches in and snaps a wire on the braces for her.
Alexis interrupts the board meeting and yells to Daniel that they have a big problem! She tells Daniel that Grace Chin has never lost a case before and that Bradford is a murderer. She blames Bradford for causing their mother to drink hand sanitizer, for making Daniel feel miserable all those years and for preferring that she be dead vs. standing there in a dress. As Marc listens from around the corner, Daniel tells his sister that he doesn’t know anything about Grace Chin. Amanda rushes over to get the scoop and falls flat on her face because the dress is way too tight. Betty arrives for her orthodontist appointment and tells him that she snapped the wire while eating a bagel. He fixes the problem and she promises to be more careful. She jokingly tells him that he may have to have dinner with her to ensure that she doesn’t eat anything too dangerous. Her plan works and he accepts her proposal.
Hilda and Justin walk in the front door and are shocked to find Ignacio hiding in the dark from his case worker. He tells them that he doesn’t know what to do about her. Justin tells them that Constance gave him $1 the other day to call her grandma! Ignacio insists that he has got to keep her happy until the court date. Daniel panics when Betty comes in and informs him that Grace is going to talk to Claire. Daniel locates them at a restaurant and tries to interrupt, but Grace insists that she be able to speak with Claire. Claire informs Grace that Faye was cruel and manipulative. Grace excuses herself to take a phone call. Daniel takes the time to ask her again to stay clear of Grace, but she insists that she knows what is best. Daniel steps out to the lobby of the restaurant and uses his charm on Grace. She tells him that he has six minutes and they rush inside the coat check room to make out. Marc cringes at what he seeing but manages to do his job. He pulls out his cell phone and starts recording.
Betty and Gabe (her orthodontist) arrive at the party. Henry is surprised that has brought a date. Charlie tells Betty that Gabe is so cute and she can sense the chemistry between them. The four of them head over to the bar and manage to make small talk. A slow song comes on and they pair off and dance. Claire calls Betty and tells her that it is an emergency and that she needs a corporate credit card fast. Hilda gives Constance a new hair do. Constance freaks out when Hilda tells her that Ignacio has a way with the ladies. She tells Hilda that he should have told her if he was seeing someone. She tells Hilda that she is okay with it though.
Betty arrives at Claire’s hotel room and finds her packing her bags. She tells Betty that she has got to disappear. Betty insists that she call Daniel first. Claire throws her cell phone across the room and shatters it. Betty tells Claire that she doesn’t have the credit card with her. Gabe walks in and Claire wants to know what she is doing with him when it is the accountant that she really likes. Betty plays it off by kindly suggesting that it was a long time ago when she had a crush on Henry.
Betty takes Claire and Gabe to her house to get the credit card. Betty tries to tell her once again that she doesn’t need to leave. Claire reminds Betty that she had Faye’s brake lines cut, that she followed her for 18 miles and then she watched her crash and burn. Gabe takes this as a sign that he needs to leave, but Betty tries to play it off as a game. Betty goes upstairs to get the card and leaves the two of them alone. Ignacio walks in and mistakes Gabe for Henry. Claire corrects him and tells him that she has seen the accountant and that he is much hotter than Gabe. He once again screams to Betty that he really should go, but she yells back for her father to put on some coffee for them all. Ignacio takes Claire’s coat and asks her how she likes her coffee. She tells him “vodka and ice...hold the coffee”! She takes a seat on the couch and Constance spies through the window. Betty calls Daniel and prays that he will answer.
Alexis shows Daniel and Grace the footage of their sexual escapade at the restaurant. She tells them that she wants Grace to remove herself from the case or she will show it to the judge. Grace becomes furious and tells Daniel that he needs a shrink and tells Alexis that she needs a closer shave! When she leaves, Daniel tells Alexis that he can’t believe what she has done. Alexis is shocked when he tells her that Claire is the one that killed Faye and that she has just put their mother in prison! A loud knock at the door suddenly comes as Ignacio is in the kitchen. Claire opens the door and finds Constance there accusing her of being the one that is stealing her man. The two of them get into a shoving match until Ignacio and Gabe come between them. Ignacio takes Constance to the kitchen and tells her that Claire is not his girlfriend....and neither is she! He turns to the sink and she slaps an electronic tacking device to his ankle. She tells him that she will now know where he is at every minute of every day! Betty rushes downstairs to see what is going on. Gabe tells her that it is obvious that she still has feelings for Henry and that he is leaving.
Betty gives Claire the credit card so that she can leave the country. Claire tells her that she watched the man she loved love someone else and it killed her. She makes her promise not to make the same mistake that she did. Betty sits with Claire on the couch and tells her that she needs to be strong right now and that running away isn’t the answer. Claire calls the police and turns herself in for murdering Faye. The cops swarm the house and take Claire into custody. Another package arrives for Amanda. She tells the delivery guy that she has rubber burns all over her body from that dress and that she doesn’t want anymore gifts. She gets excited though when he tells her that this time it is a hat. She opens the box and puts the rubber cone shaped hat on her head. The delivery guy leaves and meets up with one of Amanda’s enemies in the hallway. The two of them laugh because the hat makes is a joke that they have worked up to play on her.
Henry goes to see Betty in her office and tells her that he hated that she had to leave so soon last night. He invites her to have lunch with Charlie and him, but Betty tells him that it is not good for her to hang out with the two of them. She tells him that she just can’t do that right now. She informs him that right now they can only be two people that happen to work in the same building. Henry gives her a slice of birthday cake and leaves. Betty focuses on her work to keep her mind off of her problems.