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Exclusive: ‘Ugly Betty’s’ Mark Indelicato Avoids The Party Scene

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Mark IndelicatoAfter playing a gay teenager struggling with his sexuality on Ugly Betty, Mark Indelicato has (somewhat reluctantly) become a role model for gay teens. “It’s definitely a big responsibility to take on and that was something I was kind of scared about,” Mark confessed to Crushable. “I don’t know if I’m ready to be a role model yet. It’s great that Justin can be such a help to kids. But I don’t think I’m role model material yet. I think I have to work on that a little bit.”

So who does Mark look to as role models of his own? He told us he turns to his Ugly Betty cast members, who he still sees often even though the show's final episode has aired. “They kept me in check for four years,” Mark said of cast members including Michael Urie, Ana Ortiz and America Ferrera. “They haven’t let me become a drug addict or alcoholic – yet – and they still won’t let me!”

Mark Indelicato told Crushable that, although he's avoided the pitfalls of celebrity, he could have just as easily found himself heading down the wrong path. “The opportunity is always there,” he told Crushable. “So, they definitely kept me out of that party scene and that limelight so I thank them for that. I am so grateful that I had a cast that did that. Because as much fun as the party seems now, I don’t know if I would have been able to do it.”

Mark is finding some time to party, though. We talked to him at the Teens Making a Difference gala, where he posed for pictures with Real Housewives of New York City‘s Ramona Singer‘s daughter Avery. But he won't have much time to party once he moves to Pittsburgh, where he'll star as the Artful Dodger in the city's Civic Light Opera‘s production of Oliver! in early June. “There’s talk about bringing Oliver! back to Broadway,” Mark told Crushable. “If they bring it to Broadway I would be so honored to do it. Broadway’s always been one of my dreams. Any chance to do it would be great.” Still, although he is singing in Oliver!, Mark's first love will always be acting. “I think is kind of my calling,” he told us. “I feel more comfortable in that.”

Lastly, we couldn't help but ask Mark to give us the dirt on those rumors about a possible Ugly Betty movie. “Let’s hope there’s some truth to [the rumor],” Mark said. “We’re very excited about continuing the Betty story. We want to continue the Betty story. And I think a lot of people want to see it happen because the cancellation happened too quickly. A movie would be great. We all want to do it, we’re all up to it. We just have to get a script and someone to pay for it.”

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