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.