Straight from Hollywood
Sofía Vergara spills the beans on ageing gracefully in showbiz and what it’s like being married to a Hollywood hunk.
In part 2 of our exclusive interview with Sofía Vergara, the Modern Family (2009-current) star gets candid about her life away from the set, where there is an endless array of Hollywood parties to attend and red-carpets events to dress up for. Plus, the tabloids are closely watching every move she and hubby Joe Manganiello – Alcide from 2010 to 2014 in True Blood (2008-2014) – make in public.
You’ve been praised for your femininity and real-woman curves. In your experience,
what does being a woman mean? I think all women are very complex. Just because you look a certain way or do one job doesn’t mean that is all that you can do. I think the great thing about women is that we can be mothers and we can be sisters and we can be friends. And in my house, I am making sure that everything is taken care of – like if I have to get on the floor to clean something. I think we all, women nowadays, can do so many things and I want to think that we are all very complex.
Do you have a lot of shoes? A lot of shoes and a lot of bags. I spend most of my money on that. But clothes I can wear, like $29 (R445) jeans or a $12 (R180) T-shirt. I don’t invest that much in actual clothes because if you have a good pair of shoes and a fancy bag, you can get away with anything. I have a couple of Chanel ones that look like they have pearls but I don’t think they’re real.
Is age a touchy subject for you in real life
at 43? No, but any woman that tells you she doesn’t care, I don’t think that is true. Of course it bothers me. I wish I could be young forever but it’s a reality and you have to learn to embrace what is going on because what can you do? If you get too crazy, it can go all the way and then you look even weirder or even worse! So I try to take it easy. We are lucky at this time because women are ageing better and better. I think women did pay too much attention to working out and facials and creams and eating healthy. Now it’s a little bit easier on a woman, this ageing thing. You resisted when your husband first tried to date you. What were you worried about and how did he relieve you of those fears? I’d just come out of a relationship and I wanted peace and quiet. It sounded like such a bad idea to date the hottest bachelor in Hollywood and four years younger than me. It sounded like a lot of work at that moment. I think the important thing of ageing is that now you know more about life so that you make better choices. Not just because he’s hot. I was like, “I don’t want to deal with that. I’m going to meet an older guy… someone more normal.” But then he convinced me to go out with him one time and still I was like, “I am just going go out one time and have a good time.” But then I met him and I found out how he was and he started looking less and less handsome [Laughs].
What gets you down, because you always
seem so cheerful? When I’m hungry I start hating everybody [Laughs]. I try to surround myself with people that I like so that… like in this type of work, you have to hang out with people and I like to be around people who are fun and hard-working. Of course it gets me down to know things about my family if they’re doing something or they’re not okay. Or if something is happening with my son [Manolo] but usually work things don’t bring me down. It’s like something better will come along.
You studied dentistry. Are you good at not
only your teeth but your son’s? Manolo is 23 and he doesn’t have one cavity. He’s never had one. That, I think, is one of my greatest achievements!
Sofía Vergara makes being gorgeous look easy.
Sofía and her hunky actor husband Joe Manganiello.