Ana Ortiz

Biography: As a sassy single mom and sister to the title character on the campy dramedy Ugly Betty, this Hispanic actress finally found her breakthrough role after a decade in showbiz. Although she pursued ballet in her youth, she traded her dancing shoes for singing lessons due to the pain of dancing. A vocal major at New York's Fame school, the LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Ortiz switched her focus to acting in college and honed her skills on the regional theater scene in both classical and contemporary plays. She made her TV debut with a bit part in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie, then began landing guest spots on various series (ER, Everybody Loves Raymond), usually, to her dismay, playing Latina stereotypes. Even more depressing, she signed on to three successive shows — the sitcoms Kristin and A.U.S.A. and the critically hailed but low-rated Iraq War drama Over There — that didn't make it past their freshman seasons. Around the time of her multiepisode arc as aAs a sassy single mom and sister to the title character on the campy dramedy Ugly Betty, this Hispanic actress finally found her breakthrough role after a decade in showbiz. Although she pursued ballet in her youth, she traded her dancing shoes for singing lessons due to the pain of dancing. A vocal major at New York's Fame school, the LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, Ortiz switched her focus to acting in college and honed her skills on the regional theater scene in both classical and contemporary plays. She made her TV debut with a bit part in Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie, then began landing guest spots on various series (ER, Everybody Loves Raymond), usually, to her dismay, playing Latina stereotypes. Even more depressing, she signed on to three successive shows — the sitcoms Kristin and A.U.S.A. and the critically hailed but low-rated Iraq War drama Over There — that didn't make it past their freshman seasons. Around the time of her multiepisode arc as a sultry ADA on Boston Legal, she auditioned for Ugly Betty. Although she initially read for the title heroine — a role Ortiz herself has said she was completely wrong and much too old for — the producers asked her back for the part of Betty's big sis, a dream part that allowed her to be sexy, acerbic and street smart. Off screen, Ortiz enjoys hiking and kickboxing. Expand

Ana Ortiz's Scores

Average career score: 67
Highest Metascore: 75 Ugly Betty: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 60 The View: Season 18
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
4 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Celebrity Family Feud (2015): Season 3 Jun 11, 2017 Appearing tbd
tbd Devious Maids: Season 4 Jun 6, 2016 Marisol Duarte / Marisol Suarez tbd
tbd Royal Pains: Season 8 May 18, 2016 Actor tbd
tbd Devious Maids: Season 3 Jun 1, 2015 Marisol Duarte 7.5
68 How to Get Away With Murder: Season 1 Sep 25, 2014 Paula Murphy 7.7
60 The View: Season 18 Sep 15, 2014 Guest 3.1
tbd Devious Maids: Season 2 Apr 20, 2014 Marisol Duarte 7.7
tbd The View: Season 17 Sep 9, 2013 Guest tbd
63 Devious Maids: Season 1 Jun 23, 2013 Marisol Duarte 7.6
tbd The Talk: Season 3 Sep 10, 2012 Guest tbd
tbd Hung: Season 3 Oct 2, 2011 Lydia 7.3
tbd Ugly Betty: Season 4 Oct 16, 2009 Hilda Suarez 6.8
tbd The Wendy Williams Show: Season 2 Jul 13, 2009 Guest tbd
tbd Ugly Betty: Season 3 Sep 25, 2008 Hilda Suarez 7.8
tbd Ugly Betty: Season 2 Sep 27, 2007 Hilda Suarez 7.6
75 Ugly Betty: Season 1 Sep 28, 2006 Hilda Suarez 8.3
tbd Boston Legal: Season 2 Sep 27, 2005 Holly Raines 8.2
tbd Over There: Season 1 Jul 27, 2005 Anna tbd
tbd NYPD Blue: Season 9 Nov 6, 2001 Luisa Lopez tbd
tbd NYPD Blue: Season 7 Jan 11, 2000 Maria Alvarez tbd