Monday, December 11, 2017

She’s the Bombshell

Sofía-Vergara-6 copyFor decades, there was only one sexpot in show business recognized unmistakably by her first name. Today, there’s a new Sofia sparking up Hollywood: Meet Ms. Vergara.

 Sofia Vergara doesn’t just stand around looking gorgeous. She cracks up audiences on an Emmy-winning show, stars in feature films, designs clothes and accessories, and makes more money than any other actress on TV. You could say she’s got it all—and you would be right. SOFIA VERGARAIt’s a far different destination than the one she would have reached had she stayed on her original path. Vergara was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, to Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara, a housewife, and Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, who made a living producing cattle for the meat industry. “Toti,” as she was nicknamed by her five brothers and sisters, grew up there and was raised as a devout Catholic in a well-off family, attending the private bilingual Spanish/English Marymount School Barranquilla.The Colombian actress—who, by now everyone knows, was “discovered” while walking along a beach in her native country—almost became a dentist. She made her first “real” appearance at the age of 17 in a Pepsi commercial that was widely broadcast in Latin America, but was apprehensive about doing it—that is, until her Catholic schoolteachers gave her their permission to take the assignment. After marrying at 18 and divorcing two years later, Vergara studied pre-dentistry at a university in Colombia for three years. When opportunities arose for her to work in modeling and in show business, Vergara decided to pursue them, leaving her undergraduate studies two semesters shy of her undergraduate degree and heading to Miami with her son, mother and sister in tow.After co-hosting two television shows for Spanish-language television network Univisión in the late 1990s, she landed her first notable acting job in English in the 2003 film Chasing Papi. Subsequently, she appeared in films, including two Tyler Perry films, Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail, receiving an ALMA Award nomination for the latter. But her breakthrough role has been as the fiery trophy wife Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the ABC series Modern Family, a role for which she was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.The 5’ 7” natural blonde is sporting dark locks these days; she’s been asked before by casting directors to dye it brown to make her look more stereotypically Latina. But despite her off-the-charts sex appeal, her extreme accent hindered the start of her career. She told Vogue magazine that when she moved to L.A., she decided to take “accent classes, you know? Like speech classes? To see if I can fix it a little bit. But I spent so much money, so much time, and then when I would go to auditions I was always thinking about the pronunciation because you are supposed to put the tongue like this or—you know—like this, so then I would forget to act, and I was not getting any jobs, because all I wanted was to say the words right. And then one day I said, ‘You know what? That’s it. If I can’t get a job with my accent, then this is not a job for me.’” It was a wise decision: today she is the highest-paid female on TV. Forbes magazine estimated that she earned $19 million from fees and endorsements last year, besting Kim Kardashian ($18 million).8-28 copyVergara’s success and universal appeal is arguably in large part to a combination of beauty, sexiness and incredible humor. Even that va-va-voom body that any woman would kill to own is fodder for her jokes. “I have learned that not everything looks good on me because of my boobs,” she told Vogue. “Magazines will say, ‘She is wearing the same shape again.’ I’m like, yes! So what? My boobs are real. They’re a 32F. I can’t wear something backless, because what holds them up? Then the magazines would be saying, ‘What was she thinking with those sagging tits?’”Remarks like that speak to her brutal honesty, which is not just refreshing, it’s encouraging for the everygal—which is why women love her (almost) as much as men. Here’s more: “No one can be a sex kitten every day, and anyone who tells you that is lying. But I do wear negligees and Japanese silk robes. For a long time, I lived alone with my son and only saw my boyfriends in a hotel. So at home, I slept in old tee shirts. I realized when I moved in with Nick that I couldn’t do that. Now, I only keep nice pajamas around, because whatever is there, I’m going to wear.”

Nick is Nick Loeb, her fiancé, and today her son, Manolo, is 21 years old. Vergara named him after the Steven Bauer character in the movie Scarface, aka Tony Montana’s sidekick. “I loooved that movie and I was in looove with Steven Bauer,” she has said. On her left hand she sports a nice-sized square chunk of ice—Loeb, a businessman, comes from a prominent family; his father is the former ambassador to Denmark under the Reagan administration—even as she wears one of her own Kmart creations on her right hand. But marriage isn’t foremost in her mind—she’s enjoying the wave of success she’s been riding since Modern Family came along. And even though she has taken measures to expand her family should she and Nick decide to once they marry—freezing her eggs just in case—Vergara is enjoying every day one day at a time. As she has said, “I’ve never had a plan for anything. I know I’m not going to get any more shows like Modern Family. If it ends in five years, it would be great to do movies and focus on things like my Kmart line. Maybe have a kid. But I am going to be working my whole life. I love making money. I really love it!”