|"Ugly Betty" Character Profiles|
|Calvin Hartley (played by David Rasche)|
Matt's father, Cal, is a powerful billionaire and the head of Hartley Enterprises. He is known throughout the world and is courted by world leaders, as well as by anyone else who is in need of money. When Meade Publications hit hard times, after Connor ran off with millions of the company's dollars, Daniel was able to persuade Cal to give the company a cash infusion. Although he claimed that he would be a silent partner, it was soon clear that Cal would be pulling some strings whenever he felt strongly about any business matters. After Cal reacted badly to Claire's revelation that he was Tyler's father, she coerced him into leaving the company.
Episodes: 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 69, 70, 74, 75
|Victoria Hartley (played by Christine Baranski)|
Shortly after Betty started dating Matt she had a trial by fire when she met his formidable mother. Victoria didn't warm up to the thought of having someone like Betty in her son's life, but Matt made it clear that he was old enough to decide who he would have in his life. He told Victoria that she would have to be civil to Betty, because he intended to keep seeing her. Victoria later became an ally of sorts for Wilhelmina by providing her with incriminating information about Claire and Cal's past relationship.
Episodes: 59, 63, 64
|Tyler Venton (played by Neal Bledsoe)|
Tyler is the illegitimate son of Claire Meade and Cal Hartley, thereby making him the half-brother of Daniel, Alexis, and Matt. Back in the 1980s, the Meades and the Hartleys were close friends, at least until Bradford and Victoria began to realize exactly how close their spouses had become. When Claire realized that she was pregnant, she told Cal that she was going to terminate the pregnancy, but instead she went to South Dakota, where she gave birth to Tyler and gave him up for adoption. In 2010, Claire secretly traveled to Stickney, SD, to anonymously see how Tyler was doing. He eventually moved to NY, got a job at Mode, and began dating Amanda.
Episodes: 74, 79, 80, 82, 83, 84, 85
|Giovanni "Gio" Rossi (played by Freddy Rodriguez)|
When Betty met him, Gio was still the sandwich cart guy at Meade Publications. Sparks flew between the two and she accidentally got him fired. Instead of holding this against Betty, Gio actually considered this to be the perfect opportunity for him to open his own business, Gio's Deli. He and Hilda went out on a double date with Betty and Henry one night, but Hilda could tell that Gio was attracted to Betty, something that was obvious to Henry, too. Eventually, Betty had to choose between Gio and Henry, but she decided to focus on her own life and career instead.
Episodes: 26, 29, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 45, 83
|Walter Tabachnik (played by Kevin Sussman)|
Walter was Betty's first real boyfriend. At around the same time that Betty was about to start her job at Mode, Walter dumped her for her skanky neighbor, Gina Gambarro. It turned out, though, that Gina was just using Walter for his 30% discount at Pro-Buy, where he was the Assistant Manager of Sales and Home Installation. After Gina dumped him, he crawled back to Betty with his tail between his legs and begged her to take him back, which she did. The reconciliation was short-lived, however, because the two had grown apart, especially after Betty had grown closer to Henry, so Walter accepted a job promotion to manage a Pro-Buy location in Maryland and he moved away.
Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15
|Gina Gambarro Goldfarb (played by Ava Gaudet)|
Gina had always been Hilda's chief nemesis in their neighborhood. After stealing Betty's boyfriend, albeit temporarily, Gina almost got Betty fired from her job at Mode by stealing the magazine's latest mock-up, for which Betty was responsible. Gina's relationship with the Suarez girls thawed a little after Gina later gave Betty some useful information about Leah Stillman, the lawyer whom Hilda wanted to hire to help Ignacio with his Immigration problems. Hilda and Gina bonded a little during a holiday truce that they'd agreed to during the 2006 Christmas season. Gina later moved to Mt. Kisco with her new husband, Dr. Larry Goldfarb.
Episodes: 1, 2, 8, 10, 38
|Philippe Michel (played by William Abadie)|
Philippe Michel is a photographer who sometimes works for Mode. He and Daniel had been friends for many years, even after Daniel seduced Philippe's girlfriend, or so it seemed. Philippe secretly conspired with Wilhelmina, unbeknownst to Daniel. Before getting involved with Daniel, Amanda had gone out with Philippe for about a week ("They don't call him 'the tripod' just because he's a photographer.") Philippe was originally intended to be a regular characterWilliam Abadie could be seen in many of the early promotional photos for the showbut he was never seen again after the first episode. Philippe was probably intended to be the counterpart of Mario Calderon from "Yo soy Betty, la fea," but Philippe's plotting with Wilhelmina would have been a new plot twist.
|Vincent Bianchi (played by Rhys Coiro)|
Vincent Bianchi is a well-known photographer who is very much in demand. When Betty learned from her father that Vincent grew up in their Queens neighborhood, she used the connection to her advantage and got him to do an important photo shoot for Mode. Vincent came through for Betty and Daniel again when he collaborated with them to devise an alternate Christmas layout for the magazine after the idea for their planned layout was stolen by a rival fashion magazine, Isabella.
Episodes: 3, 4
|Sofia Reyes (played by Salma Hayek)|
Sofia is a popular author of books that help to empower women. Her latest best-sellers are "Girls Like it on Top" and "Making Your Man a Bottom." Sofia is the first member of her family to graduate college. She speaks five languages, rides a motorcycle, enjoys shooting pool, and has a bullet lodged in her hip from a hunting mishap. When Daniel first saw Sofia he was struck by an immediate attraction to her, but he was surprised to learn that she was to be named Managing Editor of Meade Publications' next magazine, MYW, which would be launching in January of 2007. Sofia had fun making Daniel squirm for a while, but then the two became closer, despite the fact that she was involved with a guy named Hunter. It turned out that Sofia was just using Daniel for her magazine's premiere issue cover story, "From Fling to Ring in 60 Days."
Episodes: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 [Note: Salma Hayek had an uncredited cameo in the pilot as the maid, Esmeralda, in Ignacio's telenovela.]
|Leah Stillman (played by Debi Mazar)|
Hilda met Leah Stillman when the brash attorney came to her aid during a scuffle with a health club owner who tried to stop Hilda from selling Herbalux outside his storefront. Hilda decided to hire Leah to aid Ignacio with his Immigration problems, but when the lawyer didn't show up at the Suarezes' home for Thanksgiving dinner it became apparent that she'd ripped them off and absconded with the $5000 retainer that Hilda had to borrow from Justin's prodigal father, Santos.
Episodes: 6, 8
|Carlo Medina (played by Nicholas Gonzalez)|
Carlo Medina is the assistant of the Editor-in-Chief of Isabella magazine, one of Mode's chief rival publications. That makes him Betty's counterpart at the other fashion magazine. He is not above using shady tactics to get secrets out of Mode employees, including flirting (with Marc), plying them with liquor (Amanda), flattering them (Betty), and taking them to bed (Fat Carol). Carlo was approached by Wilhelmina and she tried to entice him to become her spy at Isabella, but it is not known whether he accepted her offer or not. He may be a double agent at this very moment.
|Fabia (played by Gina Gershon)|
Fabia is the founder of and power behind Fabia Cosmetics, an international leader in the makeup industry. She was insulted when Daniel's team at Mode tried to get her to sign off on an ad campaign that showed a glamorous car accident scene, because they should have known that she herself had recently been involved in an embarrassing fender bender. Betty saved the day, though, when she presented a concept to Fabia concerning the small, special moments that mothers and daughters share. Fabia and Wilhelmina have a very adversarial relationship, but for the sake of appearances they pretend to be friends.
Episodes: 1, 14, 23
|Nico (played by Jowharah Jones and Yaya DaCosta)|
Nico is Wilhelmina's feisty firecracker of a daughter, whose father lives in Dubai. She has been asked to leave a number of schools, primarily because she has a habit of acting outrageously to get her mother's attention, sort of opposite to the way in which Wilhelmina has become an over-achiever in order to get attention and approval from her own father, a U.S. Senator. Nico is currently in school in Paris, at least until she is asked to leave that ecole someday, too.
Episodes: 5, 6, 8, 66, 67, 69, 70, 71, 72
|Santos Reynoso (played by Kevin Alejandro)|
Santos was Hilda's ex-boyfriend and Justin's father. Betty tolerated him, for Justin's sake, but Ignacio never trusted him. Santos frequently insulted Hilda and her family when he lamented that Justin hadn't had a proper male role model in his life, which he felt had a feminizing effect on his son. Hilda and Ignacio, however, were quick to remind him that he was the one who dropped out of their lives shortly after he got Hilda pregnant in the back seat of his car during the night of her high school prom. After he and Hilda reconciled, Santos was shot and killed during a convenience store robbery.
Episodes: 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 23, 24
|Ted LeBeau (played by Brett Cullen)|
Ted LeBeau is the founder and CEO of the huge retail chain of Beau-Mart stores. LeBeau has three ex-wives, four children, and five golden retrievers. After being courted by Wilhelmina to advertise his stores within the pages of Mode, Ted became quite attracted to her and he began courting her romantically, that is, until he decided to return to his current wife, Joanne, back in Texas. This break-up caused the seemingly tamed Wilhelmina to return to her usual vengeful self.
Episodes: 7, 10, 12
|Fey Sommers (played by Christine Jones, ?, and ?)|
Fey Sommers was the Editor-in-Chief of Mode before she died in a fiery car crash. She had been having an affair with Bradford for many years, which his wife Claire had known about. Eventually, after Bradford's arrest for Fey's murder, Claire confessed to cutting Fey's brake lines and causing her death. A birth certificate has since been found that revealed that Fey was Amanda's real mother, but the identity of her father was unknown. [Note: Becki Newton (Amanda) also played Fey in some early 1980s flashback scenes, as well as in still photographs.]
|Hunter (played by Teddy Sears)|
Hunter was a male stripper whom Sofia Reyes had hired to pretend that he was her perfect boyfriend in order to make Daniel jealous enough to inspire him to propose marriage. Betty and Christina learned the truth when they'd seen Hunter working at a club called Boylesque. Ultimately, it was revealed that Sofia was writing a cover story entitled "From Fling to Ring in 60 Days" for the first issue of the new Meade Publications magazine, MYW.
Episodes: 8, 12
|Ruthie (played by Becki Newton)|
Ruthie was the Assistant Editor of MYW magazine, working directly under the publication's Editor-in-Chief, Sofia Reyes. When Betty went to work for Sofia, she and Ruthie hit it off right away, particularly because Ruthie really admired Betty's style. Ruthie was very loyal to Sofia, however, so when Betty learned of Sofia's duplicity she had to get through Ruthie for the proof she needed to expose the truth to Daniel.
|Constance Grady (played by Octavia Spencer)|
Constance Grady was Ignacio's case worker at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office, or so she claimed. It turned out that she'd actually been fired two months earlier because she kept getting too involved in the lives of the people whose cases she was handling, even coercing some of them, like Toussaint Duvalier, into romantic relationships. She tried to trick Ignacio into marrying her, but the Suarezes learned the truth just in time to prevent the hasty Atlantic City wedding. Ignacio forgave Constance, because he understood that she was motivated by her fear that the people that she helped would just forget about her as soon as they received their legal papers.
Episodes: 12, 14, 17, 19
|Charlie (played by Jayma Mays)|
Charlotte, better known as Charlie, was Henry Grubstick's girlfriend back in Tucson, Arizona. The two had been estranged, ever since his move to New York, but just as he started to have strong feelings for Betty, Charlie arrived at Mode and announced that she decided to move to the Big Apple to be with Henry. Charlie earns her living by selling the jewelry that she designs and crafts herself. Right after Henry broke up with her, so he could be with Betty, Charlie revealed that she was pregnant. But she'd also been having a fling with Betty's dentist, Dr. Farkas, so for a time it was not known which man was the baby's father, but a subsequent paternity test supposedly identified Henry as the father.
Episodes: 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 37, 39
|Beckett "Becks" Scott (played by Bailey Chase)|
Becks is a noted photojournalist and an old friend of Daniel. The two were notorious for their nights of debauchery, during which they competed for, and shared many female conquests. In 2006, Becks returned to New York from an assignment in Africa to experience Fashion Weekwhich he refers to as the "Bootylympics"with his skirt-chasing buddy Daniel. The two rakes immediately slipped back into their familiar competitive dynamic. Whenever Daniel struggles with a choice between right and wrong, Becks can always be counted on to be the little devil on his shoulder, encouraging him to take the low road.
Episodes: 14, 16, 19, 29
|Grace Chin (played by Lucy Liu)|
Grace Chin is a lawyer who had gone to the same college as Daniel. During her time there, Grace wore glasses and had no sense of style. Daniel never noticed her, until he realized that he needed her help with passing an upcoming exam, so he asked Grace out on a date, but ended up standing her up. She'd never really gotten over what he'd done to her, so she planned on getting back at him by refusing to help Daniel's father to prove his innocence in the Fey Sommers murder.
Episodes: 16, 17
|Nick Pepper (played by Max Greenfield)|
Nick is Alexis's assistant. The first time they met, this perpetual frat boy told Daniel that he was his role model. Nick and Amanda immediately became adversaries, particularly because he wasn't interested in going out with her. Amanda tried to undermine Nick's position with Alexis every chance that she got. Nick also disliked Betty, who had once taken his yogurt and cherry pie out of the office's shared refrigerator. Henry once challenged Nick to defend Betty's honor, but Nick played dirty, wounding both Henry and Betty in the process.
Episodes: 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 32, 50
|Jean Weiner (played by Patti LuPone)|
Jean Weiner is the conservative, homophobic mother of Marc St. James. In the past, whenever Mrs. Weiner would pay a visit to her son in New Yorkfrom her home in SchenectadyMarc would get his pal Amanda to pretend to be his girlfriend. During Mrs. Weiner's most recent visit, Amanda, reacting to one of Marc's insults, said that Betty was Marc's current girlfriend. The Suarez family was enlisted to play along with the ruse, but after hearing his mother insult Betty's family, Marc decided to be honest and admit that he is gay. Mrs. Weiner did not take the news very well and she basically severed their relationship at that moment.
|Rodrigo Veloso (played by Cristian de la Fuente)|
Rodrigo was the Creative Director at Mode's sister publication, Mode Brasil, therefore he was Wilhelmina's Brazlilian counterpart, and he was clearly just as ambitious and ruthless. At Wilhelmina's instigation, Bradford paid Rodrigo to romance Alexis and he also promised to promote him to Editor-in-Chief if he could convince Alexis to resign from Mode and move to Brazil. Alexis learned the truth right before she was about to make the life-changing move to South America and she was so devastated that she decided to hire a hit man to "eliminate" her father.
Episodes: 20, 21
|Tavares (played by Mykel Shannon Jenkins)|
Tavares is an aspiring fashion designer who was rebuffed by Wilhelmina when he tried to meet with her to show his designs. Amanda admired his work, as well as his physical assets, so she decided to champion his cause. She was very attracted to him, even though she was certain that he was gay, but during a private moment he wasn't able to hide his "obvious" attraction for her. He admitted that he only pretends to be gay because he believes that it helps him in the fashion world. Wilhelmina admired some Tavares originals that she'd seen Amanda wearing, so she decided that she wanted to be the one to "discover" this hot new talent.
Episodes: 20, 22
|Rosa Salazar de Suarez (played by ?, ?, and ?)|
Before she married Ignacio Suarez, Betty and Hilda's mother Rosa had been married to a man named Ramiro Vasquez. Ignacio worked on the Vasquez hacienda as the family's cook and he witnessed many instances of the spousal abuse that Ramiro inflicted upon Rosa. One day, while defending Rosa from her husband's abuse, Ignacio accidentally killed Ramiro, or so he thought for over thirty years. Rosa and Ignacio, who had fallen in love by this time, decided to marry and move to the United States to start their new lives and a new family together. Rosa died in 2004 at around age 50.
|Yolanda Salazar (played by Lillian Hurst)|
Yolanda is Betty and Hilda's maternal grandmother. Ignacio and his late wife Rosa raised their daughters to believe that Yolanda was dead. Yolanda had been displeased that her daughter wanted to go from being married to a wealthy landowner to being the spouse of a mere cook. After Rosa and Ignacio emigrated to the U.S. in 1977, Yolanda never saw her daughter again. Yolanda has since developed dementia, so when she met Betty for the first time she thought that her grandaughter was her daughter Rosa. She apologized for her past behavior and tearfully begged for forgiveness.
|Yoga (played by Lorraine Toussaint)|
Amelia Bluman, better known as Yoga, was Claire's cell mate in prison. The two escaped while being transported upstate, after they created a distraction and the vehicle they were riding in overturned. They made their way to Long Island's tony Hamptons resort area, where they hid out in the beach house of Claire's friend, Mitsy Sacks, who was spending the summer in Barcelona. Just before they were about to leave the country to start new lives in Positano, Italy, Claire decided to let herself get caught, because she wanted to see her dying husband one last time. Claire facilitated Yoga's way to freedom by telling the authorities and the media that Yoga had died from injuries she'd sustained during the prison transport accident.
Episodes: 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 31
|Elena Sanchez (played by Lauren Vélez)|
After Ignacio's heart attack he was resistant to the scrutiny and criticism from his nurse, Elena, but their mutual animosity quickly turned into passion. Betty and Hilda didn't like the idea of any woman taking their mother's place, but they soon came to realize that their father deserved a chance to find happiness. Eventually, Elena gets a career opportunity at a nursing school in California. Ignacio wants her to marry him, but he realizes that she should do what is best for herself, so instead of giving her an engagement ring, he gives her a plane ticket.
Episodes: 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 63, 84
|Renee Slater (played by Gabrielle Union)|
Wilhelmina's little sister Renee (nÕe Rhonda) hooked up with Daniel one night at a bar. Initially, Renee got involved with Daniel just to annoy her big sister, but she and Daniel started to have real feelings for each other and they considered pursuing a relationship. Wilhelmina didn't want anyone to stand in the way of her ambition, not even her own little sister, so she had Marc switch out Renee's mood-stabilizing medication, causing her to have a breakdown that almost resulted in Betty being killed in a fire that Renee started.
Episodes: 36, 37, 38
|Gene Simmons (played by Gene Simmons)|
While searching for her real father, Amanda discovered that he might be none other than legendary rocker Gene Simmons, of KISS. To get his attention, she performed a song that she'd written about him, at a bar called The Beer Hole, and Simmons showed up to hear it. He admitted to her that he did indeed share a night of passion with Fey Sommers in 1981, choosing the Mode Editor-in-Chief over Cher. Unfortunately, Amanda later learns that Simmons was lying, in order to get publicity for a reality show he wanted to do with Amanda.
Episodes: 36, 40
|Tony Diaz (played by Eddie Cibrian)|
When Hilda first met Justin's gym coach they did not get off on the right foot. He was failing Justin in his class and she was like a lioness protecting her cub. They soon realized that they were attracted to each other and they started dating. Unfortunately, Hilda discovered that Tony was still married to his wife, Jill. Even though he said that they were separated, Hilda couldn't allow herself to be "the other woman," so even though it broke her heart she ended their relationship.
Episodes: 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45
|Stuart McKinney (played by Derek Riddell)|
Christina had left her husband Stuart a few years ago because of his substance abuse problems. He tracked her down on the internet and came to visit her at Mode to tell her that he was dying of a rare disease. Christina didn't believe him at first, but soon realized that he was telling the truth. She agreed to be a birth surrogate for Wilhelmina in order to raise enough money for Stuart's medical treatments. Unfortunately, Stuart was told that the treatments were unsuccessful.
Episodes: 30, 34, 39, 43, 44, 61, 62
|Daniel "DJ" Chainet (played by Julian de la Celle)|
When young Daniel Chainet first arrived at Mode he claimed to be Daniel's son. Daniel admitted that he did indeed have a fling with the French boy's mother, a recently deceased model named Lucie Chainet. Although Daniel was initially reluctant to accept the boynow known as DJ (short for Daniel Jr.)he soon came to love him and he decided to fight DJ's French grandparents for custody. It turned out that Daniel had no legal claim, though, because Alexis, who had also had a fling with Lucie during that fateful trip to France, was DJ's real biological father. DJ then returned to France, where Alexis joined him for some father-son bonding.
Episodes: 41, 42, 43, 44, 45
|Suzuki St. Pierre (played by Alec Mapa)|
At first, Suzuki St. Pierre was nothing more than our one-man Greek Chorus, commenting for TV's "Fashion Buzz" on the lives of the people who float in orbit around the world of Mode. However, during the course of averting a P.R. nightmare, Betty and Daniel discovered that the flamboyant Suzuki is in fact the manufactured alter ego of Byron Wu, a married father of two who lives in suburban New Jersey.
Episodes: Suzuki appeared quite regularly, starting with episode 24
|Cliff St. Paul (played by David Blue)|
Marc had other things on his mind when he first met Cliff St. Paul, like the hunky model whom Cliff was photographing for Mode. Although Cliff was decidedly not Marc's "type", he quickly charmed his way into Marc's heart. Just as they were getting serious, right when they decided to move in together, the depth of the relationship scared Marc, so he cheated on Cliff with some random guy at a roof party atop Betty's apartment building. Cliff, heartbroken, ended the relationship.
Episodes: 28, 29, 30, 34, 47, 48, 49
|Kimberly "Kimmie" Keegan (played by Lindsay Lohan)|
Betty's old nemesis, Kimmie Keegan, returned to Betty's life when the former high school mean girl became Ignacio's boss at Flushing Burger. Betty wanted to believe that Kimmie had changed her ways, but after she came to work at Mode, Kimmie quickly proved that she was even more vicious than ever. In the end, Kimmie's bad behavior became obvious to everyone else and she got herself fired in dramatic fashion.
Episodes: 41, 42, 46, 47
|Connor Owens (played by Grant Bowler)|
Daniel wanted his old friend Connor to become the CFO of Meade Publications, but he knew that in order to get Wilhelmina to agree he and Connor would have to pretend to be enemies. Soon after he started his new job, Connor and his fiancée Molly broke up and he began to date Wilhelmina. Connor and Daniel really did become enemies, though, after Connor found out that Molly and Daniel had fallen in love with each other. Connor had always felt that Daniel was a spoiled rich brat, so he used this as his excuse to steal millions of dollars from Meade Publications and leave the country. He wanted Wilhelmina to join him, but she refused.
Episodes: 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 60, 68, 73, 74, 76, 85
|Molly Meade (played by Sarah Lafleur)|
When Daniel first met Molly he fell in love at first sight. She was engaged to Connor at the time, so she wasn't looking at Daniel the same way that he was looking at her. In time, though, she also fell in love with him and she broke off her engagement. Unfortunately, shortly after her relationship with Daniel started to blossom, Molly suffered a recurrance of cancer and she was told that she was going to die.
Episodes: 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 63, 64, 65, 72
|Senator Slater (played by Ron Canada)|
Wilhelmina and Renee's father, a prominent U.S. Senator, is the one man from whom Wilhelmina has always sought approval, but so far she has never received it. Although Willi was able to persuade her father to help Ignacio on his path to citizenshipas reciprocity for Betty's silence regarding Willi's fling with her bodyguard, Dwayneshe was unable to get his financial support for the eponymous style magazine that she wanted to launch, Slater.
Episodes: 3, 32
|Jesse (played by Val Emmich)|
When Betty moved into apartment 5G (750 W. 27th St., Manhattan), she was soon crushing on her new neighbor Jesse, and he seemed to like her too. Jesse was a musician, so Betty planned a Mode after party on the roof of their building so Jesse and his band, Dark Sexual Journey, could play the gig. Unfortunately, she later caught him making out with Amanda. As Betty was preparing to move back to Queens she forgave Jesse and went on a date with him, but she discovered that his favorite subjects were himself and his music, so they decided just to be friends.
Episodes: 42, 47, 48, 54
|Archie Rodriguez (played by Ralph Macchio)|
Hilda met council member Archie Rodriguez on 2008's historic election day. He had come into her salon for a haircut, for which she was giving a 10% discount to customers wearing an "I voted" sticker. They got off to a rocky start after she revealed to him that she didn't have a business license, which he pointed out is illegal. He made amends by finding a legal loophole for her. Sensing the fireworks, Hilda's family members later conspired to fix the two up on a date.
Episodes: 47, 49, 59, 60, 62, 65, 66, 69, 71, 73, 74
|Jodie Papadakis (played by Bernadette Peters)|
Jodie was not only one of Betty's idols of the publishing world, she also ended up being the teacher of Betty's YETI class. Betty hoped to get Jodie to be her mentor, but she soon realized that it was going to be more difficult than she had hoped for her to get on Jodie's good side. Betty was able to impress Jodie by getting herself invited into one of Wilhelmina's parties, which are usually off-limits to mere editorial assistants.
Episodes: 52, 56, 57, 63, 64
|Roger Adams (played by Barry Bostwick)|
Roger Adams, the Meade family's attorney, successfully defended Claire during her murder trial, but only because Betty found the evidence that was proof of Fey Sommers's culpability in her own death. He later represented Alexis and tried to negotiate her plea deal after she pushed a pregnant Christina down a flight of stairs. At the same time, Roger also acted as intermediary for Daniel when DJ's French grandparents came to gain custody of the boy.
Episodes: 35, 45
|Megan (played by Smith Cho)|
When Betty was promoted to Associate Features Editor she learned that she would be sharing an office with Megan (pronounced, "MEE-gan"), a tough Senior Editor who resented losing her office to the Features Editors' new boss, Matt Hartley. To add insult to Megan's injury, she was forced to share office space with Betty, whom she felt had not paid her dues. Megan believed that Betty only got promoted because she was Daniel's pet. Megan tended to gild her insults and barbs with a thin veil of sugar coating.
Episodes: 66, 67, 70
|Natalie (played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler)|
Shortly after Molly's death, Daniel attended a bereavement support group meeting and met Natalie. At the time, Natalie was trying to deal with the recent death of her boyfriend, Robbie. Daniel and Natalie quickly bonded and he soon hired her to be his new assistant, to replace Betty after she was promoted to Associate Features Editor. Natalie soon lured Daniel into a cult-like group that she belonged to called The Community of the Phoenix.
Episodes: 68, 69, 70, 71, 72
|Lena Korvinka (played by Carol Kane)|
Justin was thrilled when he learned that he was accepted into the great Lena Korvinka's prestigious acting class. Lena passes her unconventional ideas about performing the classics along to her students, like when she performed the balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet" while wearing glasses, an unruly wig, and fake braces on her teeth. Her classroom is where Justin first met Austin.
|Austin (played by Ryan McGinnis)|
Austin was one of Justin's fellow students in Lena Korvinka's acting class. At first, it seemed that Justin and Austin both had a crush on their friend Lily, but one evening, after performing a scene together, Austin and Justin shared a kiss. The two had to come to terms with what happened, and then they tried to figure out what the kiss could mean.
Episodes: 81, 82, 83, 84, 85
|Troy (played by Matt Newton)|
Marc St. James met Troy in the Bahamas, while they were both there for a Mode photo shoot. At the time, Marc was only interested in having a vacation fling, but he didn't realize that Troy also worked for Mode, nor was he aware that Troy had been harboring a huge crush on him and had been admiring him from afar for a long time. At first, Marc is put off by Troy's obsession with him, but Amanda convinces him to take it easy with Troy, because she knows that Troy worships Marc and would be heartbroken if Marc broke up with him.
Episodes: 73, 75, 83, 84, 85
|Bobby Talercio (played by Adam Rodriguez)|
Hilda dated Bobby in high school, not long before she got involved with Santos. Betty always had a crush on Bobby, but he always thought of her as a kid. Hilda and Bobby became reacquainted when she discovered that he was teaching Driver's Ed at Justin's school. Hilda and Bobby then began seeing each other again, but Ignacio wasn't pleased, because he had always believed that the rumors about Bobby's family being involved with the mob were true. Eventually, Bobby proves himself to Hilda, as well as to her family, and he asks her to marry him.
Episodes: 71, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 83, 84, 85
|Dr. Gabe Farkas (played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson)|
When Betty was invited to Henry Grubstick's girlfriend Charlie's birthday celebration, she decided to invite Dr. Farkas, her orthodontist, to be her date. The evening doesn't go well, at least not for Betty. Dr. Farkas, on the other hand, has a brief fling with Charlie, so when she announced that she was pregnant, she wasn't sure if the father was Henry or Dr. Farkas. Three years later, Dr. Farkas tried asking Betty out again, but at the time she was involved with Matt Hartley, so she turned him down. Dr. Farkas was so upset that he told Betty that she had to find another doctor.
Episodes: 17, 75
|Dr. Frankel (played by Kathy Najimy)|
After Dr. Farkas told Betty to find another orthodontist, she was referred to Dr. Frankel's practice by playwright Zachary Boule. Dr. Frankel unexpectedly came to Betty's rescue in more ways than one at an important Mode event at the Guggenheim Museum. After Betty was accidentally knocked unconscious, a guardian angel version of Dr. Frankel showed Betty how different her life would have been if she had been born with perfect teeth. Betty awoke from her dream and had another mishap, which required Dr. Frankel to remove Betty's braces in front of a crowd of museum patrons.
|Helen (played by Kristen Johnston)|
After Betty was promoted to Associate Features Editor, Helen became Daniel's temporary assistant, but she didn't last very long, because she had no interest in doing any actual work. Amanda bonded with Helen right away, probably because she saw Helen as an older version of herself. When Amanda later became Daniel's assistant, she hired Helen to replace her at the reception desk, but Wilhelmina forced Amanda to fire her. Amanda feels sorry for Helen, so she invites her to stay with her and Marc for a while. Amanda later learns that Helen has some mad sewing skills, so they team up to design their own fashion line, but the project never takes off.
Episodes: 67, 78, 79