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    America Ferrera's 2007 Emmy Win For "Ugly Betty" Should've Been Joyous, But The Actor Only Felt Shame

    "My heart aches for that 22-year-old girl."

    The '00s were a hub for TV series with cult followings, shows that cemented themselves in Hollywood history, and one of them just happened to be Ugly Betty.

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    And at the head of the popularity was the show's star, America Ferrera, who played an aspiring writer with an eccentric sense of style looking to make a name for herself in the publishing world.

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    Captivating audiences for four seasons, Ugly Betty went on to win 62 awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Ferrera in 2007 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

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    Unfortunately, America remembers feeling more shame than happiness that night. During a recent interview with ET Canada, America revealed why she couldn't allow herself to enjoy her win.

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    "When I won the Emmy, I can’t bring myself to watch that because the only thing I remember about being on that stage, accepting that Emmy, was the feeling that no one in the room thought I deserved it."

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    "And that’s a shame. [I was thinking] ‘She doesn’t really deserve that. What is she really doing in that role?"

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    "'That role is not interesting enough, it’s not dark enough, it’s not edgy enough.’ You know, all of the bullshit.”

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    That year, America was up against Tina Fey (30 Rock), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine), and Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds).

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    "Which doesn’t enter your mind on its own. There were people in my life perpetuating those narratives and making me feel like I hadn’t earned this moment."

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    "When I look back at that time, my heart aches for that 22-year-old girl who didn’t get to really enjoy those moments.”

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    Want more from America? Be sure to read her full interview with ET Canada.

    Fans and curious new viewers can also check out Ugly Betty, streaming on Hulu now.

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