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Stephanie Rygorsky Prommer
September 16, 2008 01:45 PM

Babies are a frequent topic of conversation among the cast of Ugly Betty. With costar Rebecca Romijn expecting twins and executive producer Salma Hayek a mother to 11-month-old daughter Valentina, cast member Ana Ortiz says she’s feeling the pressure to have a child of her own.

“I really am!” she told PEOPLE Monday at the show’s season-three premiere party at Highbar in New York City. “It’s definitely something that my husband [musician Noah Lebenzon] and I talk about all the time.”

Ortiz, 37, even says she’s gotten the most encouragement to start a family from her costar America Ferrera.

“America, she’s my little guru. She’s only 24 years old, but she gives me advice all the time,” says Ortiz. “I remember when I first got engaged, she wanted me to have babies right away, and I said, ‘I can’t, they’ll fire me!’ And she told me, ‘Don’t live your life in fear. You have to do what you want to do; you can’t stop your life for TV.’ ”

Now Ortiz says she’s isn’t worrying about losing her TV gig, and jokes: “I have the most supportive producers, but I would do it, even if they didn’t want me to.”

Whether or not babies are in her immediate future, Ortiz says her onscreen life may include a child. “I think with my character Hilda it’s something that can definitely happen. Just a little more drama for her!”

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