Well, if it wasn’t already obvious, now it’s official: Vanessa L. Williams is a full-fledged gay icon.
At a panel yesterday at this year’s Outfest (i.e. the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) titled “Ugly Betty is a Beautiful Thing,” Williams charmed the designer socks off of the near-capacity crowd. To be fair, so did the rest of her Ugly Betty compatriots — America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Ana Ortiz, Michael Urie, Judith Light, and exec. producers Silvio Horta and Marco Pennette — but only Williams took to the stage to demonstrate how she taught costar Becki Newton (i.e. scheming Mode magazine staffer Amanda) the dos and don’ts of walking the red carpet. It was right about when Williams began explaining with a knowing grin that one must always stand at a three-quarter turn with one leg arched out to best give the camera a full womanly line that she was completely drowned out by the raucous approving applause from the audience.
The moment was but one of many highlights from the delightful 90-minute conversation between the Ugly Betty peeps and moderator David M. Halbfinger of The New York Times. After the jump, I’ll single out some of the best, including some inside scoop on the upcoming season, exec. producer Salma Hayek’s unconventional pitch to Betty star Ferrera, and Ms. Williams’ big surprise at costar Rebecca Romijn’s wedding to Jerry O’Connell.