Known in the States as the feisty and sultry Gloria on Modern Family, the Colombian native has come a long way from her TV roles back home.
In fact, when she first came to L.A. to pursue acting, the only people who recognized her were the latino valets at clubs.
“Nobody knew who I was,” she told the Independent, “but the valets knew because they were Latin.”
1. She Doesn’t Think She Will Ever Play a Character Like Gloria Again
At 17, she was discovered while walking on a beach in Colombia. Her first gig was a racy Pepsi ad, which led her to TV roles in Colombia.
After moving to L.A., she was cast in her first big role in the romantic comedy Chasing Papi.
In 2009, she was cast in Modern Family, and the rest is Hollywood history.
“My favorite part of being on the show is playing Gloria. I think it’s a character that I’m never going to be abkle to have something like that ever again in my career. Its so great to be able to play somebody from my same country, my same city,” she told Women’s Health.
2. She’s Dating an Actor
Joe Manganiello, the six-packed Italian-American, known for his roles in Magic Mike and True Blood, has been by her side since July.
Us Weekly broke the news of the hot coupling 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.”
They met at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May, and there’s a picture of Manganiello with his eyes clearly set on her on that fateful evening.
Before she partnered up with Manganiello, she was engaged to Nick Loeb, a businessman she was dating since 2010. They had split in May of 2012, and they got engaged two months later.
A self proclaimed hot-tempered person, Vergara knows what she needs in a man.
“You can’t be with a person who’s completely different from you. I’m Latin and I scream and I get mad fast. I need a man who has a strong personality, somebody who’s on my level,” she told Men’s Health.
3. She Doesn’t Want Her Son to Grow Up
She has a 21-year-old son, Manolo Gonzalez-Ripoll Vergara, who she gave birth to at just 19.
His father, Joe Gonzales, was a childhood sweetheart of Vergara, and was married to her for three years before they divorced in 1993.
In the clip above, as a spokeswoman for Head & Shoulders, she recreated the YouTube video that went viral, where a girl cries because she doesn’t want her brother to grow up.
4. People Criticize Her
Watch the Jimmy Kimmel Live clip above, where the host makes her read negative comments about her looks and voice that are on the internet.
At the Academy Awards this year, she was put on a literal pedestal and spun around while president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Bruce Rosenblum made his speech. People saw that as an act that objectified women.
“I think its absolutely the opposite. It means that somebody can be hot and also be funny and make fun of herself. I think it’s ridiculous that somebody started this—I know who she was—who has no sense of humor [and should] lighten up a little bit,” she told EW.
She also got backlash from the leader of the People’s Defender’s Office in Peru for a comment Gloria uttered on Modern Family about Peruvians. She said, “Ah, here we go. Because, in Colombia, we trip over goats and we kill people in the street. Do you know how offensive that is? Like we’re Peruvians!”
The actress took to Twitter to explain that it was ignorant of them to equate what her character said with her personally:
5. Her Chest Is Real
In an interview with Men’s Health, she said, “I’ve always been known for my boobs. It pisses me off a little bit—because I do also have a great a**.”
In fact, a publicist once told her to get a breast reduction. “My mother almost had a heart attack. She said, ‘God is going to punish you! You can’t cut your boobs!’ I don’t regret not doing it, because now it has become a big part of Gloria,” Vergara explained to the Independent.
However, having a large chest does sometimes prove difficult for 5′ 7” star.
She told Cosmopolitan:
I have learned that not everything looks good on me because of my boobs. Magazines will say, ‘She is wearing the same shape again.’ I’m like, yes! So what? My boobs are real. They’re a 32F. I can’t wear something backless, because what holds them up? Then the magazines would be saying, ‘What was she thinking with those sagging tits?
When asked if she was in favor of plastic surgery, she said she is not opposed. “Why not? I mean, not yet, but maybe [I’ll do] my under-eye bags in my 50s. We’ll see what I need, but I’m not saying no,” she told Redbook.