Justin’s been having trouble fitting in at his new high school, and it’s only going to get worse.
“They don’t like him because of his personality and the way that he dresses, and it’s definitely an emotionally draining episode for him,” Mark Indelicato, who plays Betty’s fashion-savvy nephew Justin, tells the TV DivaGal.
“He’s taunted by these kids in so many different ways which are unimaginable, but actually happen to people,” Mark continues. “It’s all about how he’s going to cope with it.”
Justin seeks advice once again from equally fashion-fantastic assistant Marc, who advises Justin to befriend the school’s mean girls.
Extreme measures? Maybe. But Justin is desperate to find a group of allies that help him feel safe.
“These struggles Justin’s having in school, we’re not sugar coating them or making it seem like everything is going to be okay in the end,” Mark points out. ” It’s a really emotional topic, and it’s not something that’s been covered before for such a young child.
Mark believes the storyline will make an impact. “It’s going to change the way people look at teenagers and the way they look at boys, that they don’t have to be the stereotypical jock that everyone thinks they should be,” he declares.
“I feel like it’s a revolutionary topic, and I’m just so happy that they believe in me enough to portray this.”
Watch Ugly Betty, Friday, Nov. 13 at 9 p.m. on ABC.