|Not Born Beautiful (Ne Rodis' Krasivoy) (Не Родись Красивой)|
|Directed by||Alexander Nazarov|
|Opening theme||If Love Lives In The Heart (Julia Savicheva)|
|Country of origin||Russia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||200|
|Running time||approximately 45:00|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television International|
|Original release||5 September 2005 –|
7 July 2006
Not Born Beautiful (Russian : Не родись красивой, romanized: Ne rodis krasivoi) is a telenovela filmed in Russia, directed by Alexander Nazarov and shown from 5 September 2005 to 7 July 2006 by the Russian network STS. It is a Russian spin of the Colombian "Yo Soy Betty La Fea" (I'm Betty, the Ugly One) telenovela, which has fostered more than a dozen versions in other countries. The telenovela reached success in Russia and boosted the ratings of the TV network STS.
Nelli Uvarova plays the role of a charming ugly girl, Yekaterina (Katya) Pushkareva. This became a breakout role in Nelli’s career and brought her national love and fame. During the broadcast of the series she became a real star of Russian television. Nelli's American counterpart America Ferrara also became widely known for her portrayal of the namesake of Ugly Betty.
The show attracted viewers who were not in the traditional viewing audience of telenovelas. In fall of 2005, fully one-third of Russian TV viewers, and 58% of Ukraine viewers, were tuning in to watch the show. : 209
According to TV's Betty Goes Global: From Telenovela to International Brand, Not Born Beautiful is likely the closest and most faithful of "Yo soy Betty, la fea"'s international adaptations.
And according to its authors, in 2004-6, Russia was "at an apex" of "consumerism and glamour culture", and:
Ne rodis' krasivoy addresse[d] the central cultural conflict of post-Soviet culture: the negotiation between the Russian (Soviet) values and the new corporate bourgeois ones. : 209
In all 200 episodes were filmed, many on a one-per-day schedule. The "industrial pace of shooting" matched the industrial setting, Media City's studios in the former Soviet-era Moscow ball-bearing plant, which operated from the 1930s to 1990. : 207 This was 31 more episodes than in the Colombian original series.
American TV executive James Kramer and other Americans were involved in bringing "Ugly Betty" to Russia.
Katya, a plain-looking girl, works as a secretary at the company Zimaletto, a manufacturer of uniforms and wedding dresses.No man has paid attention to her yet, but she doesn't allow her looks to keep her from dreaming about love and happiness.
The theme "If love lives in your heart" / "Esli v serdtse zhivet lyubov", with music and lyrics by Anastasiya Maksimova, performed by Yulia Savicheva became well known. The song, performed by Alsou, received a 2008 Russian MTV award as the first in a medley of nine songs required to be performed by singers or groups other than the original recording artist.
|Actor||Role||Counterpart of "Yo Soy Betty La Fea"|
|Nelli Uvarova||Yekaterina Pushkareva|
|Grigory Antipenko||Andrey Pavlovich Zhdanov|
|Artoym Semakin||Nikolai Zorkin||Nicolás Mora|
|Pyotr Krasilov||Roman Malinovsky|
|Olga Lomonosova||Kira Voropayeva|
|Mikhail Zhigalov||Valery Pushkarev|
|Irina Muravyova||Yelena Pushareva|
|Ilya Lubimov||Alexander Voropaev|
|Maria Mashkova||Masha, secretary|
|Anna Dimova||Amura Buyo|
|Raisa Ryazanova||Olga Uyutova|
|Irina Sirotinskaya||Alexandra Kriventsova|
|Vitaly Egorov||Milko Vukanovich|
|Sergey Bolotaev||Sergey Potapkin|
|Dmitri Zenichev||Yaroslav Vetrov|
|Karina Ivanova; Darya Luzina||Maryana Pereguda|
|Andrei Kuzichev||Mikhail Borshyov|
|Olga Ostroumova||Margarita Zhdanova|
|Natalya Riychkova||Yuliana Vinogradova|
|Georgi Taratorkin||Pavel Olegovich Zhdanov|
|Yulia Rutberg||Kristina Voropaeva|
|Mihail Shklovski||Victor Tsypin|
|Oleg Shklovski||Georgy Uryadov|
|Mikhail Safronov||Alexander Alexeevich|
|Yevgeny Kosirev||Anatoly Ponchev|
|Victor Cherepanov||Ivan Vasilyevich|
|Pavel Misailov||Boris Filin|
|Sergey Epishev||Boris Rulin|
|Mikhail Khimichev||Nikita Minaev|
|Valery Zolotukhin||Igor Sergeyevich|
|Lyudmila Alyokhina||Larisa Petrovna|
|Victor Ryabov||Felix Korsakov, restaurant critic|
|Alexander Chislov||Valeriy Vladimirovich|
|Alexey Losihin||Dmitry Valerievich Sinitckiy|
|Natalya Starikova||Nadezhda Tkachuk|
|Petar Zekavica||Hans Kramer|
|Yulia Vayshnur||Anna Aleksandrovna|
|Yevgeny Kalinin||Sergey, bus driver|
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