20 ‘Ugly’ Characters Who Weren’t Ugly at All

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.

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Conrad Ricamora as Oliver Hampton in How to Get Away With Murder

The creators of How to Get Away with Murder must be pretty out of touch if they think that they can just stick a pair of glasses on a super cute guy with a gorgeous six-pack and bill him as the nerdy character. Oliver’s interactions with Connor are all built around the assumption that Connor is way more attractive than him, but honestly, even with the glasses (and especially with his shirt off), Oliver is super hot.

Anne Hathaway as Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries

It’s amazing how frizzy hair has become a code word for ugly in pop culture. Mia Thermopolis’ ugly duckling-to-swan transformation was the central plot of the first The Princess Diaries book and movie, and it wasn’t just about improving her behavior or teaching her etiquette. The focus was equally on her appearance — removing her braces and taming her frizzy curls until she looked like the princess she was supposed to be.


Although Anna Hathaway tried her best to be unassuming, it was hard to ignore her natural gorgeousness, even under all that acne makeup.

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