Rodriguez is sitting pretty in 'Ugly Betty'


"Six Feet Under" alum Freddy Rodriguez is joining the cast of ABC's dramedy "Ugly Betty," playing a new love interest for star America Ferrera.

Rodriguez also has been cast in the indie "Bottle Shock," written and to be directed by Randy Miller.

On "Betty," Rodriguez will play Gio (short for Giovanni), a smart, ambitious, aggressive and lovable blue-collar guy who runs the office sandwich cart and prides himself in making each sandwich a work of art. It won't be long before sparks begin to fly between him and Betty (Ferrera).

"Shock" tells the true story of Chateau Montelena, a small, struggling California vineyard that won a blind taste test in 1976 in Paris to break into the French-dominated wine industry. Rodriguez will play a guy gifted with an extraordinary palate who works at the winery.

Rodriguez was nominated for an Emmy in 2001 for his role as Frederico Diaz on HBO's "Six Feet Under." On the big screen, he recently appeared in "Bobby," "Harsh Times" and as the male lead in Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" portion of the "Grindhouse" double feature.

Rodriguez is represented by ICM and Kass & Stokes Management.