Sofia Vergara on life beyond the sets of Modern Family
Playing the fiesty, fashionable wife and mother on Modern Family is something Colombian actress Sofia Vergara truly enjoys. Married to a much older Jay Pritchett, her character Gloria is a doting mum. But her difficulty with the English language also lends a lot of humour to the show. The Hot Pursuit star, who’s had four Golden Globe Awards nominations for the sitcom, tells us about life beyond Modern Family.
How does it feel to be the highest-paid woman on American TV?
I don’t know if it’s true, but it sounds amazing.
What do you do to stay in shape?
I am lucky, I have a good figure. For me, it’s torture to go to the gym. But now I have accepted this as part of my job. So I have a trainer, Gunnar Peterson, who I go to whenever I feel like it. I also go to pilates and try to do some exercise, at least two or three times a week. For me, it’s like a discipline, much like learning my lines.
What about your diet?
That’s another reason why I exercise—because I love eating. In the Latin culture, you celebrate with food. You do a funeral with food (laughs). And when you go to the sets every day, they have sandwiches, cakes, everything.
How often do you go to Colombia?
Not as often as I would like to. But I go when there’s a wedding or a customary ritual.
Will you like to work there again?
Of course. In Colombia, I worked in TV only for two years. But you know, I’m on Modern Family seven months of the year. Then I am doing movies for the remaining months. I also have my contracts with all the endorsements. So I can’t do a soap opera (in Colombia), for instance. That will take me 10 months.
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