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Ugly Betty’s Mark Indelicato on Justin’s First Kiss

Mark Indelicato has spent almost a third of his life playing Justin Suarez on Ugly Betty. “Our last day of shooting was yesterday and I cried for about seven hours straight,” the 15-year-old told us at the canceled sitcom’s wrap party last night. "That’s one of the hardest things that I think I’m going to have to deal with is letting go of a character that has been a part of me, and will always be a part of me, but not getting to bring him out every day.”

Indelicato also had to bring this character out of the closet; on March 17's episode, Justin broke ground, kissing another boy on prime-time network TV. “When Silvio [Horta] sort of first introduced the character and what the character was going to do at the beginning of the season, I was very, very scared,” he said. “And I was very, very hesitant; I really was. It was just so awkward to have to, you know, let alone kiss someone in front of a camera, to kiss a boy, and to have that weight on your shoulders of knowing that it’s the first boy-on-boy kiss ever on television, that’s tough,” he said. "That’s what really nerve-racked me the most. It wasn’t kissing the girl or the boy or the this or the that; I didn’t care about that. It was, 'Am I going to do it right?' And I’m really happy with the way it turned out."

Photo: Patrick McMullan