Sofia Vergara on Wishing She Had Fake Boobs, Playing a Stereotype, and Her Va Va Voom Empire
Sofia Vergara knows she has that, how do you say, va va voom quality to it. And she confesses that having a voluptuous figure does actually come with its problems.
The Modern Family actress explained to Lili Anolik of Vanity Fair as this month’s gorgeous cover girl, “My boobs are, like, huge,” she showed with her hands. “My whole life, buying a bra was a nightmare. What I used to do when I moved to L.A., I found places like Frederick’s of Hollywood that make bras for [strippers].”
“Believe me, I wish I had fake boobs. I lay down and they completely go down like all the way, like here,” she said, representing with her hands. “It’s not fun.”
As for her hottie fiancée Joe Manganiello, at first Vergara thought he was too hot for her. She explained,
The day that I sent the press release [announcing the breakup with a different fiancé, Nick Loeb], Joe immediately contacted Jesse Tyler Ferguson [Modern Family’s Mitchell Pritchett], like, ‘Please, please, please tell her I want her number.’ And I’m like, ‘Jesse, no, he’s too handsome’.
Then, after two days of Jesse trying to convince me, I’m like, ‘O.K., give him my number’. I’m thinking, I’m in New Orleans shooting, and he’s in L.A. Nothing’s going to happen. But we started talking a lot, and then he showed up in New Orleans. Since then we’ve been inseparable. There’s nothing about him I’d change other than the fact that he’s four years younger than me [he’s 38 to her 42].
A rare breed of sex symbol (“unapologetic and effortless,” Anolik writes), Vergara is also television’s highest paid actress for a reason: she’s an astute businesswoman who also knows how to use her assets.
She said of critics calling her character on Modern Family a stereotype, “If Gloria is a stereotype, so what? Who wouldn’t want to be Gloria?” And she’s right: who wouldn’t want to be Gloria Pritchett?
“Sometimes you read in the press like, oh, Sofía is wearing again the same shape dress, and I want to answer them and say, ‘What the fuck do you want me to wear?’ Obviously there’s a reason why that’s what I go for,” Vergara explained.
Vergara also spoke about Latin World Entertainment (LatinWE), the talent management company she established in the mid-90’s with manager Luis Balaguer. Competing with Univision (the leading talent management company at that time), Anolik writes that Vergara got rich “by exploiting the people who exploited her people.”
Balaguer explained, “It was a scary time. We camped out in the parking lot and signed everyone who walked in and out the door.” But their refusal to give up paid off.
Vergara’s co-star on the travel show Fuera de Serie, Fernando Fiore, added, “Univision didn’t want to deal with us, but now they had to deal with us. LatinWE changed things. We paved the way for those younger. What [Charlie] Chaplin and [Douglas] Fairbanks did for the general talent in the 20s or whenever, we did for the Spanish-speaking talent in the 90s. We were pioneers.”
LatinWE is now a licensing, marketing, production, and new-media powerhouse (and consequently how Vergara hit what she calls “the jackpot”).
On transitioning from a Spanish-speaking entertainment industry to “international superstardom,” Vergara told Vanity Fair,
I hired the speech coach, and you have to work so much. It’s exhausting. It’s also boring. And I have a bad ear, you know? I’ve been in this country for 20-something years and I still sound like this . . . So I was going to auditions and the only thing I could focus on was the position of the tongue. I was not acting. And then I thought, If I can’t get a job with my accent, this is not a job for me.
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