By Michael Lopez

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We love it when actresses go against the grain and try out wildly different characters. And those who remember sweet Ugly Betty will be in for a big surprise when America Ferrera takes the stage in Bethany.

In her new off-Broadway production, America will play Crystal, a troubled single mom fighting bankruptcy and a turbulent home life. And even though the character has to lie and cheat on a regular basis, she’ll more than likely win over the audience.

“She’s a really fantastic female character who gets to mess up and not be likable all the time and feel really human,” Ferrera told Time Out New York. “[Crystal] really resonated with me on a personal level, on a cultural level, and on a political level—with what the feeling is right now in this country.”

No matter how dastardly Crystal gets, it’s virtually impossible to not like an America performance. Let’s hope the Tony voters have their eye on Bethany, which plays at the New York City Center through February 17.

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Earlier on HuffPost:

"Real Women Have Curves" (2002)
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In this coming-of-age story, Ferrera played Ana Garcia, a driven and smart first-generation Mexican-American teenager who dreamed of going to Columbia University, but found herself at odds with her mother Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros) who had her own ideas about the kind of woman Ana should grow up to become. Ferrera's hilarious turn in the film (who can forget that scene where she defiantly eats the flan against her mother's wishes), earned the film a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002.