One of the most common tropes in film and TV is the “ugly” character — the one who gets picked on all the time and taken advantage of by their more attractive peers. We’ve seen this so many times — the buttoned-up librarian you didn’t realize was hot until she shook her hair out, or the nerdy comic book sidekick who never gets the girl.
This dynamic never truly works these days because the actors Hollywood picks to play these characters usually aren’t ugly at all. Check out the list below for some hilarious examples.
America Ferrera as Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty
You’d think, with the word “ugly” right in the title of the show, that they would have actually cast someone who was believably ugly in the title role. Instead, America Ferrera landed the role, and although they roughed up her hair and slapped some braces on her teeth, it was pretty much impossible to hide that Ferrera is stunning. Although Ferrera isn’t ugly, her acting was pretty flawless when it came to portraying Betty’s low social status and chronic lack of confidence.