My fame isn't sudden, says Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara
In Modern Family, Gloria Pritchett is a lot of things — she’s loud, has the infamous Colombian temper and she’s definitely high-maintenance. Sofia Vergara, who plays Gloria, may not be all these things in real life, but she sure can be funny, something she claims to take advantage of. Here’s the actress on everything from her comic timing to how she likes to take her coffee.
A lot of people watch the show because you’re so funny and good-looking...
Sofia Vergara: Well, I’ve always taken advantage of it. I’ve never been shy about it or apologised about it. I would love to do something a little bit more dramatic, maybe like a sick patient or a crazy hooker. But I’m happy playing characters that are portrayed sexy because I am who I am, and
I use it to my advantage.
What do you think about people like Lucille Ball and others you’ve been compared to?
SV: For me, to be compared with someone like that... I’d have a heart attack. I grew up watching I Love Lucy with my son. She (Lucille Ball) was beautiful, and she wasn’t scared of looking silly or ugly. I always knew I was funny because I was the class clown and my family is really funny too. My mother is ridiculous, and all my friends are always laughing around her.
You’re the highest-paid woman on American TV. How do you spend your money?
SV: I have been working in the Latin market for more than 22 years now, so my success or fame isn’t sudden. Modern Family has opened the American market for me, and I made the best use of it. I was a single mother, and I wanted to create a business for myself that was not only me showing my face and my beauty. I never thought that I was going to still look this good at 40. I want to create security for me and my son and family, so that I don’t have to be worrying when I’m done.
How often do you go back to Colombia?
SV: Not as often as I would like to. I usually don’t have much free time, so I don’t want to do that big trip to stay for three days. So, I usually go when there is say a wedding... or a funeral (laughs).
You’ve said you hate to work out and you love to shop. What else do you love and hate?
SV: I love to eat. I love coffee....
SV: Yes. I love it with condensed milk. Once, I was craving something sweet, and I ate from a can
of just condensed milk. That is when I remembered this was one of the things that I most loved in life, and I’d forgotten about it.
Seasons 1 to 8 of Modern Family airs from April 5
at 8.30 pm (weekdays only) on Star World and Star World HD