HAPPY TO BE A HOT TAMALE
Being typecast as a loud, sexy Latin woman is fine for Modern Family actor Sofia Vergara because it’s a reflection of who she really is
art house successes. “I’m never going to be able to find a better character for me than Gloria,” Vergara says.
“The creators (of Modern Family) when I met with them, had not written the character. So they met me, they asked me a lot of questions and I think they wrote the character for me, so it was fantastic.
“Every time that I play a scene, when I’m reading for the first time the script, I always think, how would my mother and aunt react to this? So I think about the women in my family because I want to make it very real. So I think, of course, it (Gloria) is a lot like me.”
Maybe being so like Gloria is part of Vergara’s problem. Her Machete Kills role as brothel owner Madame Desdemona was little more than Gloria turned up to 11.
Chef and Fading Gigolo have shown a softer side to Vergara’s talent, but don’t allow her to fully break away from the stereotypical Latin hot tamale.
“Of course, it was very difficult for me because once you start acting, you realise that a normal American actor gets sent to auditions like one every day and two every day,” Vergara says about her start in Hollywood.
“A person with my accent gets a good script once a week or once every two weeks. You don’t get the same opportunities.
“Actually most of the roles that I played before it ( Modern Family) was because it was written for a black woman or an Asian woman and I would tell my agent, ‘I will go anyway … maybe they can change it …’, but they don’t write as much for a person with my characteristics.
“I’m not afraid of stereotypes because, with Gloria, I do play a Latin woman – voluptuous, loud, passionate. I wouldn’t want to be described in any other way. I don’t want to be described as quiet, with no ass, boring.”