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Lena’s Top 10 Hollywood Women


This post is by virtue the same one as my Top 10 Hollywood Men post, except this one’s my female Freebies List! Feel free to comment with your own top 3, 5, or 10 list 🙂


5jennifer 1. Jennifer Garner – The quintessential full package – she’s got the looks, the charm, intelligence, dimples, kick-ass acting versatility, ability to juggle multiple roles in real life, and generally pure awesomeness. I loved her as Sydney on Alias, giggled with her in 13 Going on 30, and swooned in Valentine’s Day. I’ve also met her at a Broadway performance of Cyrano De Bergerac, and she was fantastic as Roxanne! I’ve been in love with her for about 7 years now, and the ‘womance’ will likely endure for a lot longer! She’s definitely #1 in my book.


0_61_070208_shannen 2. Shannen Doherty – She plays my absolute favorite character on the original 90210. I love her looks and her fiery attitude. Despite playing the ‘bitchy’ character on the show, I always loved her strength and thought she was a lot more vulnerable than she let on. I also loved her on Dancing with the Stars, and it sucks she was voted off first! But alas, still love her, and looking forward to her next endeavor.

Check out the rest of my list!


My Bloggervalve!

There’s nothing quite like the rush of papers, discussion board posts, and quizzes to completely shutdown my flow of blogging. There’s been so much I wanted to write, but so little by way of motivation or craft. I wanted to rant a bit about Ugly Betty. Oh, Betty. You’re so much better than the scripts that they’re confining you in. So much more original than the archetypal boy-loves-girl and girl-wants-pretty-teeth stories they’re contriving. I think there’s an episode or two left, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt to tie up loose ends and give her an original exit, but I’m not getting my hopes up. The show has worked pop culture magic in previous years, and even as recently as last episode, when Justin brought his boyfriend to his mom’s wedding. But I’m still waiting on the proper goodbye for Betty, and it’s not an ending with her and Daniel getting married and having Meade babies. What do you think?

Right now, I feel like someone’s finally loosened my bloggervalve, and I feel hyper! I ate an amazing bun-less veggie burger with mushrooms at the school cafe today (where good food is a rarity, you should know), there’s wheat pasta cooking on the stove, and we had a fantastically animated guest speaker in my Psych & Law class tonight! He’s about to graduate law school, and he gave us what turned out to be quite an informal talk about jury selection and reform. Basically, how to connect with jury members and get them on your side. Not only was he smart, but also pop-culture savvy, and he used it. I mean, he showed us his blog, c’mon! Every time we have a guest speaker – prosecutor, defense attorney, or law student, my heart’s aflutter, and all I think of for days is how awesome it would be to argue for a living. Maybe one day!

And of course, let’s not forget about the second bullshit silent clock on 24 last night. If you haven’t read, you know the drill. Here’s where you should go down to my other blog posts, or back to Facebook. There are three main nuances to this episode; some were bitchin’, and others not so much. First, can I get a grrrl power, anyone? We’ve got U.S. President Allison Taylor, Dalia Hassan stepping up as president of Kamistan to fulfill the peace treaty, Chloe’s ascension to the head of CTU! Seriously! What an awesome triumvirate!

Second, we’ve got the first-ever real-time sexcapade of Jack Bauer with Renee – pretty hot and heavy. I’m stunned at their libido — getting it on after 18 hours of brutal asskicking! Well, and the third bullet point of this episode (no pun intended) would be the finale — Renee getting shot by a Russian sniper who was worried that she recognized him from the crime scene, and as a supreme douche, wanted to cover his ass. She gets shot right after her tryst with Jack, in his apartment! He lovingly carries her bloodstained body into a taxi (damn you, New York!) and onto the nearest public hospital. A swarm of doctors and nurses take her into surgery, and minutes later, she’s dead. Mass bleeding. The look on Jack’s face: visceral. Despair, shock, and rage. ANOTHER silent clock! Good god, writers, stop toying with me so!

R.I.P. Betty Suarez

Rumors have been flying for a while now, but the death of ABC’s Ugly Betty still manages to pack a punch. I wouldn’t say I’ve ever waited anxiously for each episode, and I often caught up online, but the show had a very natural ability to cheer me up with it’s hallucinogenic colors and off-the-walls characters. Based off of a bunch of telenovellas, Ugly Betty brought us a first-generation college grad who’s journalism degree brought her to Mode Publications – as an assistant to a fashion magazine editor. In a true telenovella manner, the plot abounded with outrageous scandal upon outrageous scandal. But, I think the underlying themes of the show were those of family, support, and an acceptance of the “other” – be it latina girls with a healthy body image & yet lack of fashion sense, vixens who’ll do anything to get on top, self-serving receptionists with occasional heart, and guys who treat their sexuality as normative and just another facet into their identity. In a way, Ugly Betty paved the way for Glee, I would say. Betty’s nephew, Justin, made it mod to appreciate fashion, musicals, and theater. I’m going to miss all of their personalities; I’ll miss Daniel, who changed so much from playboy to grieving husband. I’ll miss the colors of the show, and the fierce writing that will live on in syndication. I’ll miss Betty’s innocence and her journey to find a niche for herself in the writing world!