updated 09/11/2008 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/11/2008 AT 2:10 PM ET
America Ferrera says TV depicts female friendships in a skewed light.
“Like, if you’re watching The Hills or 90210, all the backstabbing shapes the way we act,” the Seventeen cover girl says in the magazine’s October issue.
“I mean, I love Blake [Lively]; she’s a wonderful friend of mine, but shows like Gossip Girl kind of condition us to be mean.”
The Ugly Betty star, 24, says she has managed to keep her own friendships – especially with her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants costars – cat fight-free.
“One of the most wonderful experiences I’ve had with girl relationships was working with them [Lively, Alexis Bledel and Amber Tamblyn] on Sisterhood. I’d worked with other girls before and it was pretty catty,” said Ferrera, who counts Tamblyn as “one of my closest friends.”