COM­PANY

It’s no big stretch from ram­bunc­tious, sexy Glo­ria to Sofia Ver­gara’s char­ac­ter Selima in a role that casts her with Sharon Stone

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In the film, Ver­gara plays Selima, the best friend of Stone’s char­ac­ter, a der­ma­tol­o­gist who’s de­pressed due to an un­happy mar­riage. Stone em­ploys the ser­vices of Fio­ra­vante (Tur­turro), an un­likely gigolo, to spice up her love life, rop­ing in Selima for said three­some.

Ob­vi­ously, Ver­gara’s turn as Selima isn’t a mas­sive stretch. The sexy, ram­bunc­tious Selima is very much like the sexy, ram­bunc­tious Glo­ria Del­gadoPritch­ett, the char­ac­ter that has made Ver­gara a global su­per­star – and re­port­edly the high­est paid ac­tor on tele­vi­sion – on the wildly pop­u­lar Mod­ern Fam­ily. Ver­gara, though, is not wor­ried about be­ing typecast.

“I’m not go­ing to tell my agent that I have to get cast in Schindler’s List 2 or some­thing,” she smiles. “I know where I can do a good job and John told me ex­actly what he wanted from me, and it was a lot of fun and I felt com­fort­able in the role.”

In­deed, when it comes to act­ing, Ver­gara is blunt about the fact that she knows her “lim­i­ta­tions”.

“I’m very in­se­cure about it,” she says, plainly. “It comes from not do­ing it long enough. I have no school for it. When you don’t have any of that, of course you get in­se­cure. It’s some­thing that I’m al­ways con­scious of – that I have to still learn.”

She’s also more than aware that the pub­lic have a hard time sep­a­rat­ing her from Glo­ria.

“I mean, I am who I am. There’s a lot of Glo­ria in me. It is hard for me to play other char­ac­ters be­cause I know I’m loud and I have a dis­tinc­tive ac­cent … I can’t fix it. It’s just who I am.”

There is no doubt­ing, how­ever, that when it comes to com­edy, Ver­gara is a nat­u­ral. She puts her ex­tra­or­di­nary comic tim­ing down to her “big, crazy Colom­bian fam­ily, where you have to be loud to stand out”.

“I have some aunts and un­cles who are char­ac­ters, so I’ve been sur­rounded by com­edy my whole life,” she says. “But I never thought I was go­ing to be mak­ing a liv­ing out of be­ing funny. I never dreamt of it.”

Ver­gara is also keenly aware that, at 41, “it’s not like I’m 21 any more”. And though she is con­sid­ered one of the most beau­ti­ful women in the world, she says she’s aware of the end­less pres­sure to look good that’s placed on women in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

“We women put a lot of pres­sure on our­selves any­way. No­body wants to age, no­body wants to look in the mir­ror and see wrin­kles or a saggy neck or the saggy knee. It’s even harder when you have to see it in pic­tures or on the TV. We’re women – we care, we’re vain. So to see it all out there ex­posed, of course, I feel the same pres­sure,” she says.

“I’m al­ways try­ing to do things that I hear that are good for you — I drink the green juice, I put the cream on, I ex­er­cise … I’m like ev­ery woman try­ing to make it less hor­ri­ble that ev­ery­thing’s go­ing to drop even­tu­ally.”

She says there’s a more holis­tic ap­proach to age­ing in Latin Amer­ica than there is in the US. “Women in the US have the money to try any­thing, so they go crazy with the plas­tic surgery. Women in Latin Amer­ica em­brace age­ing more be­cause they don’t have the money. They’ve got more im­por­tant things to spend their money on than Bo­tox.”

Ver­gara is also hon­est about the fact that she sees her­self firmly as a brand.

“My mo­ti­va­tion was never about be­ing fa­mous, but it was about hav­ing a busi­ness,” she de­clares. “It’s a way to earn a liv­ing for me. I think if you base this ca­reer in just the fame and recog­ni­tion it goes a bit wrong.”

She says she al­ways knew she wanted to “be a celebrity” so she could “do en­dorse­ments and grow my busi­ness”.

That in­cludes, not only her own cloth­ing line and con­tract with Covergirl cos­met­ics, but she’s also just launched her first per­fume, a dream come true.

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