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
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
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