By Jeffrey Epstein
In Out�s April issue, we took you on the town with Ana Ortiz and Becki Newton. Here, read the expanded version of the story.
�We brought a little centerpiece with us,� says Ana Ortiz digging into her suspiciously small purse and pulling out a suspiciously large Golden Globe statue and plopping it down on the table.
The Globe is for Best Comedy Series, won by Ugly Betty just four days prior, and Ortiz�who plays Betty�s fabulous �oh-no-she-di�int� sister�is kicking back with costar Becki Newton (Betty�s deliciously devilish assistant, Amanda) and Betty creator, Silvio Horta, at West Hollywood�s sleek East/West Lounge (8852 Santa Monica Boulevard).
�We figured we have another week until this is tacky,� says Silvio, referring to carting around the shiny statue.
Nestled in a corner of the bar, at just after 8 p.m. on a Friday night, Horta and Ortiz (who looks remarkably different without the press-on nails) sip on sweet lychee nut martinis while Newton enjoys a pinot grigio. �I just don�t know any other drinks,� she deadpans. As plates of crab cakes and chicken skewers are brought to our banquette (these ladies do, in fact, eat, and still have svelte physiques), it�s hard not to notice the tables of boys playing it cool while sneaking glances at the actresses.
The group is still giddy over the show�s win at the Globes�and the surrealism of that night.
�Ren�e Zellweger was in the bathroom, and I was like, �You pee?�� cracks Newton.
Despite their characters� general loathing of each other, these two seem like they have been friends for years. �Amanda and Hilda, if they got together and did a few shots, they�d discover they have more in common than they think,� notes Newton.
�They�re both sluts,� points out Ortiz.
�They�re both sluts,� agrees Newton.
�They love their push-up bras,� adds Ortiz.
�And they�re good wingmen for each other,� says Newton. �Although I think if there was a fight, Amanda would totally hide behind Hilda.�
At that moment, Kelly Clarkson�s �Since U Been Gone� comes over the sound system and the group instantly bursts into song. �We�re all musical theater people,� notes Ortiz, as if that weren�t obvious.