“This series is about an absolutely wholesome young lady, who not only owns who she is but makes other women so proud to be who they are.” – Unknown
If you are familiar with “ugly betty” then you will be able to see how this story is retold in a culturally diverse way. The main character is Bettina played by the South African comedian Farieda Metsileng.
Metsileng says that “ it’s pretty cool how she can transition from comedian to acting because it’s something that she has always been passionate about. “It’s a bit of a challenge to play such a big role because she has never played someone who is a representation of everyone,” she said.
Tshepiso Sello, the producer of the series says that she chose this specific storyline because “there is a betty in all of us”. Her production company focuses on bringing local content with an international touch to it. The company bought the sole right to the original “ugly betty” Colombian series Yo Soy Betty, La Fea.
This means that Ubettina Wethu, she is beautiful is the last adaption of ugly betty that will ever be produced. The director Mqondisi Ngubane says he wants everyone to see how every character is true to themselves.
This amazing series will be aired on SABC 1 Mondays to Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m from the 5 of April. Some of the episodes will be available on the online platform Viu which is in partnership with SABC 1 to make sure that no one misses this spectacular brand new show.
There will be new faces but also familiar ones and that cast involves Farieda Metsileng as the lead Betty Sikhakhane, Zweli Dube as Dingaan Jiyane, Lesego Tlhabi “Coconut Kelz” as Zaza Moloi.