Bust­ing a move

Sofia Ver­gara’s curves have helped her be­come TV’s best-paid ac­tress but don’t dis­miss her as a bimbo, writes Holly Byrnes

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gaming -

BE­FORE you even ask, let Sofia Ver­gara set the record straight: ‘‘ The boobs’’ are part of her act and she’s not afraid to use ’ em.

With very lit­tle en­cour­age­ment, the un­abashed star of Chan­nel 10’s Mod­ern Fam­ily is the first to of­fer up her opin­ion on her best as­sets and why she’s mak­ing them work for her in ev­ery way she can.

In her trade­mark Span­glish, the 40-year-old lets loose on the sub­ject of her sexy curves at a me­dia con­fer­ence.

Fin­ish­ing a tongue-tied male re­porter’s ques­tion, Ver­gara di­rects the scene, point­ing to her breasts and jok­ing: ‘‘ Peo­ple watch your show be­cause you’re . . .’’.

‘‘ How do I use the boobs in my work? I’ve al­ways taken ad­van­tage of it, for sure.’’

Make no mis­take, this is no bimbo gig­gling and gush­ing for at­ten­tion.

With 22 years act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore her break­through Mod­ern Fam­ily role as Glo­ria, the sassy younger wife of Jay Pritch­ett (Ed O’Neill), Ver­gara has built a small for­tune and big brand, in­clud­ing multi-mil­lion dol­lar en­dorse­ments for Pepsi, Cover Girl and K-Mart, thanks to ‘‘ the boobs’’.

‘‘ I’ve never been shy about it or apol­o­gised for it. So, you know, it’s like, I love it,’’ she bub­bles. ‘‘ If you need a sexy woman, I don’t care. I’m not try­ing to prove any­thing else.’’

Her can­dour is re­fresh­ing, which is why fans will be ea­ger to hear more from Ver­gara about a re­cent health is­sue.

There were re­ports she was hos­pi­talised last Sun­day for an op­er­a­tion, but she has since taken to Twit­ter to say she’s sim­ply been knocked about by a bout of flu.

A source from the set has been quoted as say­ing ‘‘ Sofia is fine’’.

She is such a rar­ity in Hol­ly­wood — a beauty who is mer­ci­less in send­ing her­self up — her cast­mates and fans will be hop­ing she over­comes the health is­sue speed­ily.

In the lead-up to be­ing bed-

I just never thought I was go­ing to be mak­ing dol­lars for be­ing funny. Never

rid­den, Ver­gara de­scribed how be­ing com­pared to Lu­cille Ball gave her ‘‘ a heart at­tack’’. She says she ‘‘ grew up watch­ing I Love Lucy with my son’’.

‘‘ I think she was beau­ti­ful and she wasn’t scared of look­ing silly or ugly. So I mean, I would love to be a lit­tle bit like her,’’ Ver­gara says.

Phys­i­cal at­tributes aside, Ver­gara is a very clever, un­der­es­ti­mated comic, ac­cord­ing to her TV hus­band, Ed O’Neill.

His de­fence of her tal­ents cap­tured head­lines af­ter Ver­gara was beaten by Glee’s Jane Lynch for the best sup­port­ing ac­tress in a com­edy gong at last year’s Emmy Awards.

O’Neill said he didn’t ‘‘ think peo­ple re­alise how hi­lar­i­ous she is. She’s so sharp with her wit, it’s amaz­ing.’’

Like her ge­netic bless­ings, she again cred­its her mother for her sense of hu­mour.

‘‘ I al­ways knew that I was funny be­cause I was like the class clown. And my fam­ily is really funny, ac­tu­ally. My mother is ridicu­lous. I just never thought I was go­ing to be mak­ing dol­lars for be­ing funny. Never,’’ she says.

A money-maker she is, re­cently top­ping a Forbes mag­a­zine list as the high­est-paid ac­tress on US tele­vi­sion (with es­ti­mated earn­ings of $19 mil­lion last year).

Not bad for a cat­tle farmer’s daugh­ter and sin­gle mum, who moved son Manolo (now 21) as well as her mother and sis­ter to Mi­ami, Florida, in 1998 (soon af­ter her older brother was mur­dered in Bo­gota dur­ing a botched kid­nap at­tempt).

Sup­port­ing her fam­ily has driven Ver­gara to build an em­pire which in­cludes her own pro­duc­tion com­pany, a fash­ion line and as­sorted li­cens­ing deals on top of her Mod­ern Fam­ily pay cheque.

‘‘ I don’t know if it’s true, but it sounds amaz­ing,’’ she trills ex­cit­edly when asked what it feels like to be the best­paid ac­tress on tele­vi­sion.

Her favourite splurges in­clude ‘‘ my son, shoes, bags, jew­ellery, I mean ev­ery­thing’’.

Af­ter more than two decades in show busi­ness, the 40-year-old set her­self up to take ad­van­tage of her big break into the US mar­ket when it came on Mod­ern Fam­ily.

‘‘ I’ve al­ways been a sin­gle mother and I al­ways 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 look still this good at 40, you know.

‘‘ I want to do some­thing to cre­ate se­cu­rity for me and my son and fam­ily that I don’t have to be wor­ry­ing when I’m done with this,’’ she says of her fig­ure.

But the ic­ing on the cake is her re­cent en­gage­ment to busi­ness­man Nick Loeb.

Like her TV char­ac­ter, who is about to em­brace par­ent­hood for the sec­ond time, Ver­gara is con­sid­er­ing hav­ing Loeb’s child.

‘‘ Once you love a per­son, you know, you have to com­pro­mise and he’s younger, a lit­tle bit, than me. So he’s never had a kid . . . he’s brain­wash­ing me a lit­tle. Now I’m think­ing about it.

‘‘ I did it al­ready and I was very young. I didn’t have that much money, and I en­joyed it. And my son is amaz­ing. So why can’t I do it again? You know, I won’t even, like, feel it,’’ she jokes.

Giv­ing birth on TV proved to be an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for the Mod­ern Fam­ily ‘‘ fam­ily,’’ with Jesse Tyler Fer­gu­son (Mitchell) ad­mit­ting there were tears.

For Ver­gara ‘‘ it was really, you know, like, mean­ing­ful . . . it’s a new ad­di­tion to the fam­ily. And they gave us a real baby. And it was amaz­ing. Ev­ery­body was really into the scene. We were in a hospi­tal, the real thing.’’ Mod­ern Fam­ily Chan­nel 10, Sun­day, 7pm

Mak­ing money:

Sofia Ver­gara is laugh­ing all the way to

the bank.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.