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

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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.”

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