Could this be the start of a new Modern Family?
Sophia Vergara and Joe Manganiello have come together in what seems like one of the best celebrity pairings in recent Hollywood history.
Us Weekly broke the news on July 7, with a source telling them, “Sofia is Joe’s dream girl! He’s been smitten with her for years. He’s always had a huge crush on her. Things are going well for them so far.”
1. They’ve Been Spotted at Restaurants
The above Instagram shot, taken by Claudia Vergara, the star’s niece, shows them celebrating Vergara’s birthday together at Nobu in Malibu.
They’ve also dined at Li’l Dizzy’s in Louisiana, and onlookers couldn’t help but stare and take pictures while they munched on a plate of fried chicken.
An observer told Us, “They sat very close to each other and would lean in to kiss. It was mostly Sofia leaning in to kiss his cheek or his lips.”
Us Weekly also reported that on Friday, July 18, the new couple was holding hands in Beverly Hills.
2. Joe Stared at Her Before They Were Dating
They met at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May, and there’s a picture of Manganiello with his eyes clearly set on Vergara’s back area on that fateful evening.
3. ‘People’ Magazine Is Mad
— Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) July 1, 2014
In a case of bad timing, People Magazine published it’s “Hottest Bachelor” issue on June 30, just days before the couple news went public, and named the hunk- and his 6 pack- number 1 on the list.
Sources told the Daily News that they’d already been dating for a few weeks before the issue hit stands. A People insider told the newspaper, “The editors are not happy.”
Ironically, it was Us Weekly and not People who broke that the two were dating.
4. They Both Broke Off Engagements
Manganiello met his ex girlfriend, Bridget Peters, at a Vegas boxing match in late 2012. The model, shown above, was a ring girl there. In March of 2014, he admitted on the Today Show that things were over for them.
He then used the opportunity to explain that he was still looking for love:
You can’t be too busy for love. You gotta find time for love. You can always find time. If it’s the right one, it’s the right one. It doesn’t matter, it’ll just work out.
“Not that anyone should care, but in order to not give the press the chance to invent crazy and hurtful drama, I prefer to tell my fans personally that Nick and I have [decided] to be apart. We have [been] having too many problems with figuring out how to spend time together and [because] of my work and now his, its been getting worse and worse, not fun anymore,” she wrote.
The actress began dating Loeb, a businessman, in 2010. They had ended things in May 2012, and surprised Hollywood by getting engaged two months later.
— Diario La Prensa (@DiarioLaPrensa) July 2, 2014
5. ‘Modern Family’ Costars Are Ecstatic
Vergara’s younger costar, Sarah Hyland, told Us, “Him and Sofia together, I’m all for it! They’d make really hot babies!”
In an interview with ET Canada, Julie Bowen added, “It almost is like a genetic explosion and there might not be enough diversity in the gene pool because they are just too good-looking.”