America Ferrera, Nikki Blonsky

Nikki Blonsky may have just made headlines for her public airport scuffle, but she's already stirring up trouble again — this time, on Ugly Betty.

The Hairspray star has been filming a guest role for the ABC series, Access Hollywood says, in which she'll play an assistant at Mode's rival magazine, Elle. Blonsky's character will befriend Betty — but she might have ulterior motives in mind. It's her first role on prime time television.

Blonsky's episode will air before the end of the year, with no official word yet on whether her guest gig might evolve into a bigger arc. The actress is the latest on Betty's roster of celeb guests, including Lindsay Lohan, Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and Lucy Liu.

Is this high-profile guest appearance an attempt to patch up Blonsky's public image? Or just a run-of-the-mill step in the actress' career?