Interview with Hacks and Ugly Betty star Mark Indelicato

hacks is a comedy series that explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and 25-year-old Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder).

Deborah and Ava’s relationship isn’t the only thing that makes hacks special. The supporting cast including Carl Clemons-Hopkins as Marcus, Kaitlin Olson as DJ, Paul W. Downs as Jimmy, and Mark Indelicato as Damien are the absolute highlights of the series.

Stream the new season of Hacks only on Stan.

Indelicato recently spoke to 9Entertainment about his role in hacks and reflected on his first TV role as Justin, Betty’s fashion-obsessed nephew on the comedy series Ugly Betty.

In hacks, Indelicato plays Damien, Deborah’s personal assistant. In Season 2, Damien joins Deborah and Ava on the road as the comedian begins her national tour.

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Mark Indelicato as Damien, Deborah’s personal assistant on Hacks. (stan)

“Damien has never been on the road with Deborah. Deborah hasn’t been on the road in years. So being forced into the tight quarters that we are forced into, that of a tour bus, is obviously a perfect vessel for conflict,” Indelicato told 9Entertainment.

Indelicato rose to fame in the comedy series Ugly Betty. Justin’s character – as well as Indelicato himself – grew in front of the public. Justin went from being a fashion-obsessed kid to coming out and coming out as gay to his family.

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The cast of Ugly Betty Season 1. (Disney+)

Reflecting on its new family of TVs, Indelicato discussed the hacks billed as “the first time I’ve felt connected to a group of people since ugly bety is when I started my career. And the cast of Ugly Betty that is, are still some of my closest friends in the world.”

Ugly Betty, which ran from 2006 to 2010, was a critical success, earning 19 Emmy nominations and three wins. Indelicato, who was just 11 when cast in the comedy, brought the role of Betty’s fashion-obsessed nephew to life.

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“I think it was probably at the end of the first month of shooting the first season of hacksI have already recognized and felt familiar feelings that I have felt on Ugly Betty feelings of camaraderie and support.

“By support, I mean not only that we are available for each other on set, that we give one hundred to each other, as much as we give one hundred to our own personal performance.

“But also when the cameras are down and when we’re not on set, to be available for each other about our stresses, our anxieties around our jobs, also getting to know each other as individuals and human beings. And I think we’ve developed such a real family. I haven’t felt that since Ugly Betty.

Indelicato has nothing but admiration for his hacks co-starring Jean Smart.

“Jean is someone who is so generous with his time, his talent and wants to share it with everyone around them. I think Jean is also a fun woman, she’s a funny person. She wants also just having fun.

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“I think being able to possess that duality of being an amazing, extremely focused performer and going to do a job, but also being enjoyable, it takes a very special person to be able to master both. And I think that it’s Jean Smart for me and for us.”

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Jean Smart as Deborah Vance and Hannah Einbinder as Ava Daniels as seen on Hacks. (stan)

Indelicato can’t wait for fans to see the new season of hacks. “What’s really exciting to me is that hacks is a show that even if I wasn’t a part of, I’d be a big fan of. Because I a m a huge fan.”

Stream the new season of Hacks only on Stan.

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