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21 Facts About Colombian Actress Sofia Vergara You Didn’t Know

You know all about Sofía Vergara, right?  Well, that’s what you think.  Sofía has lived a rich, full life, and something tells us she’s just getting started.

1. She’s from the same city in Colombia as Shakira

Source: Sofia at the Grammys. Digital Image. Latina Magazine. May 27, 2015.

Sofía was born to a large family in Barranquilla, Colombia. Barranquilla is a seaside city of over one million people located on the Caribbean. Sofía’s five siblings called her “Toti.” Pop superstar Shakira also hails from Barranquilla.

2. She was discovered on a beach

Source: Sofia‘s Vintage Swimsuit. Digital Image. HuffPost. August 4, 2014.

Somehow, modeling scouts discovered Sofía during a trip to the local playa in Barranquilla.  Those modeling scouts, they never let a girl just relax!  She was soon cast in a Pepsi commercial that made her famous throughout Colombia.

3. She came very close to being a dentist

Source: Sofia Vergara Throwback Photos. Digital Image. W Magazine. December  8, 2017.

Despite being discovered by a talent scout, Sofía continued with her schooling, completing two years of dental school before dropping out because of those pesky modeling jobs.  She remains “obsessed” with oral hygiene, insisting that her son get a checkup every three months.  C’mon, mom!

4. She was married at 18 and had a baby at 19

Source: Sofia and Manolo. Digital Image. People. September 25, 2014.

Sofía married her childhood sweetheart Joe Gonzalez at age 18 and gave birth to her son, Manolo, a year later. Though the marriage was over a year after that, Manolo has been a steady presence throughout her rise to superstardom.

5. Her first break was being cast in a telenovela

Source: Stars and their Cheesy Telenovela Days. Digital Image. wearemitu.com. August 13, 2015.

Like many stars from Latin America, Sofía cut her teeth in Mexican soaps, performing on Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma, in 1995 and later on Fuego en la Sangre. There were cheating hearts and double crosses, we suspect.

6. She hosted two Spanish-language shows on Univision

Source: Sofia in Despierta America. Digital Image. GotCeleb. February  26, 2015.

After relocating with her family to Miami in the mid-90’s, Sofía was hired as the host of a Spanish-language travel show called Fuera de Serie. She and co-host Fernando Fiore would travel to exotic locations. Their wardrobes differed significantly.

7. She is a cancer survivor

Source: Latinas Who Conquered Cancer. Digital Image. Latina Magazine. April  24, 2014.

In 2000, at the age of 28, Sofía was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.  Like everyone diagnosed with the dangerous disease, she was terrified.  But doctors removed her thyroid, killed any remaining cancer cells with radioactive iodine, and neutralized the threat.  Now, she’s a cancer survivor of over 17 years.

8. A Tim Allen movie put her on the path to stardom

Source: Big Trouble Movie Stills. Digital Image. Hollywood.com.

Big Trouble, an ensemble caper movie starring Tim Allen and Rene Russo would achieve minor fame as one of the first movies to be postponed after the September 11th attacks.  But a certain Colombian actress portraying a hotel maid would go on to achieve major fame.

9. Her next role was in a minor Latino classic

Source: Chasing Papi Movie Stills. Digital Image. IMDB.

Chasing Papi made headlines in 2003 for its celebration of Latin culture.  And Sofía made an impression, too, as one of three women vying for the attention of the titular Papi. Love her part in Modern Family? Check out some behind the scenes facts of the show!

10. Bill Cosby Got Weird with her on Letterman

Source: Sofia with David Letterman. Digital Image. wearemitu.com. October 23, 2015.

While promoting Chasing Papi, Sofía made her American TV debut in 2003, on The Late Show with David Letterman. There was just one problem, though: Letterman was out sick, so Bill Cosby filled in for him. Was he creepy? Oh yeah. He sat in the chair next to her (not behind the desk) and leered at her throughout the interview. His downfall was still 11 years away.

11. She was in “Soul Plane”

Source: Hottest Flight Attendant Movies. Digital Image. Complex. September 22, 2011.

For the uninitiated, there was a movie called Soul Plane that came out in 2004.  It was kind of Def Comedy Jam take on Airplane!, with Sofía playing opposite future Oscar winner Mo’Nique, as well as Kevin Hart, Tom Arnold, and many others.  The movie attracted some controversy at the time for exploiting negative stereotypes, but Sofía just breezed through it.

12. She was on Dirty Sexy Money

Source: Sofia in Dirty Sexy Money. Digital Image. Blogger.com.

Another blast from the early 2000’s past.  Sofía kicked off a number of “hot Latina” guest spots with a turn on Dirty Sexy Money, a 2004 dramedy starring Donald Sutherland.  While the show didn’t last long, it did get her noticed by execs at ABC who would remember her for later…

13. Her one time fiancé proposed atop a Mexican pyramid

Source: Sofia‘s Proposal. Digital Image. Hello Magazine. July 11, 2012

For her 40th birthday in 2012, Sofía’s then-boyfriend Nick Loeb took her and many family members to a place she’d always wanted to go: the ancient pyramids of Chichen Itza on the Yucatan peninsula. Her team took special care to see that she and Loeb could climb to the top, where Nick surprised her with a proposal. Like the Mayan empire, however, the engagement did not last.

14. She was in Meet the Browns (the movie)

Source: Meet the Browns Movie Stills. Digital Image. Hollywood.com.

Among his many virtues, Tyler Perry has proven very adept at spotting talent. Many of the little-known stars of his films have gone on to much bigger things, and he has also given big names some career resuscitation. Witness Meet the Browns, a 2008 drama from Perry that was something of a comeback for star Angela Bassett, as well as an attention-grabbing turn for her best-friend in the film, Sofía Vergara.

15. She was in “Chicago” on Broadway

Source: Sofia as Matron “Mama“ Morton. Digital Image. Theater Mania. November 23, 2014

Not long after shooting a pilot called “An American Family” for ABC, Sofía made her Broadway debut. She played the prison matron Mama Morton in the long-running show, “Chicago”, a part made famous by Queen Latifah in the movie version. Although she had never sung live before, she knew she could carry a tune and she did it well, playing the part in New York and Miami for two months in 2009.

16. She narrated the Colombian version of  “Desperate Housewives”

Source: Esposas Desesperadas. Digital Image. E! Online. January 9, 2016.

This job is one of the few that spans her pre- and post-Modern Family career. After the stupendous success of the American original, the format for Desperate Housewives was copied all over the world. The most successful was the Colombian version, Amos de Casa Desesperados, for which Sofía was executive producer and voiced the mysterious narrator for four seasons, from 2007 – 2011.

17. Her role as Gloria on Modern Family won plaudits and controversy

Source: Gloria Delgado. Digital Image. Latina Magazine. June 5, 2013.

When Modern Family took the TV world by storm in 2009, Sofía’s character, Gloria, was the original breakout. While many were encouraged to see a Latina in such a prominent and funny role on a network TV show, some thought she was perpetuating Latina Stereotypes. Sofía clapped back at the haters, saying she based the character of her mother and her aunts.

18. She is an entertainment industry powerhouse

Source: Sofia Crosses to Mainstream Media. Digital Image. Variety. May 7, 2015

At the beginning of her career, Sofía founded Latin World Entertainment with partner Luis Balaguer. The two produced a calendar of Sofía’s sexiest photos that brought her to wider renown in the US market. Twenty years later, LatinWE is a major player, managing the careers of some the biggest Latin stars today, including Sofía herself.

19. She is a furniture, fashion and jewelry designer

Source: Sofia‘s Furniture Collection. Digital Image. Pursuitist. October 23, 2013.

Sofía can and will invade your home because she has a furniture collection called Sofia at Rooms To Go.  You can wear her clothes, from her fashion label at KMart.  And you can make yourself all pretty with her So Sofía collection at Kay Jewelers.

20. She has yet to take home an Emmy or Golden Globe, despite many nominations

Source: Sofia at the Emmys. Digital Image. Mashable. August 25, 2014.

Sofía has been nominated for the supporting actor Emmy four times, from 2011 – 2014.  And she’s been nominated to the Golden Globes 4 times as well, from 2010 – 2013.  Were any of those wins?  Nope. This injustice will be righted one day. Until then, she’ll have to console herself with her 2017 People’s Choice Award.

21. She is the highest paid actor on television

Source: Sofia‘s Star. Digital Image. Zimbio. May 6, 2015.

Time was, male actors always topped the list of highest paid TV personalities.  Times have changed. On the list of highest paid actors on TV, Sofía is tops.  And not only that: she out-earned the second-highest paid actor (Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons) by a whopping 14 million dollars in 2017, which was her sixth consecutive year topping the list. Not bad for a girl from Barranquilla.

[VIDEO] Resurfaced Clip of Sofia Vergara Being Harassed by Gordon Ramsay and Jay Leno, Still El Peor

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[VIDEO] Resurfaced Clip of Sofia Vergara Being Harassed by Gordon Ramsay and Jay Leno, Still El Peor

In a resurfaced video of Sofia Vergara appearing as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2010, Vergara, appears visibly uncomfortable and annoyed at various times during the interview. Vergara’s discomfort is particularly easy to see now in 2018, as a result of increased awareness created by the #MeToo movement, and the ouster of men in powerful positions for sexual misconduct: Matt Lauer (NBC), Charlie Rose (CBS), Harvey Weinstein (The Weinstein Company), Russell Simmons (Def Jam Recordings), and Kevin Spacey (Netflix) to name a few. In light of increased cultural awareness about sexual harassment and consent, people seem to be viewing the Vergara clip with a fresh set of eyes.

During the ten or so minute video, at least 14 sexually-charged comments are made about Vergara’s body and appearance.

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In the 2010 video, Vergara is seated next to Hell’s Kitchen star, Gordon Ramsay, Vergara and subject to six-minutes of male harassment, much of it sexual, coming from both Ramsay and host of the show, Jay Leno. The flagrant sexual innuendos and harassment began soon after Vergara takes her seat in a chair near Leno’s desk. Sitting between Ramsay and Leno, Vergara apologizes to the two men for screaming at them in a comedy bit filmed in advance of the sit-down. She says, “I’m sorry. I never scream like that in real life.” Ramsay cuts in and says “Only in the bedroom.” Vergara lowers her eyes and looks down at her lap as if put off.

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Soon after the interview begins Leno asks Vergara about a recent vacation to Italy, and she discusses the food she ate. Photos of the trip flash on the screen, photos that she provided to the show, including one of herself wearing a white bikini. While discussing a photo of the star eating a large piece of pizza, Ramsay says, “You just pick it up and stick it in your mouth?” While they all laugh at his comment, Ramsay’s face turns bright red, appearing to have embarrassed himself with the remark. He seems to recover from his embarrassment by insulting the Colombian dulce de leche ice cream that Vergara brought for Leno to try during the segment. About the ice cream, Ramsay presumably says, “You can take it back to fucking Colombia.” The expletive is, of course, bleeped out.

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At one point in the video, Vergara slaps Ramsay’s hand away after he touches her on the hip. This after he’s touched her twice already. To further make her point she yells “No touching” at him.

Many who watched the segment on YouTube, commented on Ramsay’s behavior, accusing him of being juvenile and gross.

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After watching the clip, one fan of Gordon Ramsay changed their opinion about him altogether.

Many also commented on Vergara’s body language and apparent discomfort.

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Vergara who once said that she didn’t understand why women are offended by being objectified by men, did appear uncomfortable with the comments made about her body.

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Still, when groped by Gordon Ramsay, she makes a comment about him in Spanish, “Este no respeta,” or “he has no respect.” For his part, Ramsay, who leaps about, moves forward and back in his chair, spreads his legs wide at one point, and puts his hands over his crotch, appears to grow more and more emboldened as the segment goes on. The #MeToo movement which has caused many to re-evaluate behavior that once seemed acceptable, has, fortunately, given all women a chance to be vocal about how they want their bodies treated and that it is also showing people that they will be held accountable when they cross lines.

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Whether Vergara, who has been typecast as the spicy-Latina, cares or claims not to care about being objectified shouldn’t affect how men treat her and her body. While her previous comments have certainly raised eyebrows amongst feminists, they do not grant men like Ramsay say in how her body should be treated let alone mean that she should be groped or harassed. It remains to be seen whether Vergara will embrace the movement, but not doing so, doesn’t give anyone license to grope or harass her in the manner she was on “The Tonight Show.”

Check out the clip below.


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Here’s Why Sofia Vergara Is The Indisputable Latina Queen Of Hollywood

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Here’s Why Sofia Vergara Is The Indisputable Latina Queen Of Hollywood

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If we think of a Latina that has really crossed over to the Anglo market while keeping her sass intact, then we gotta consider Sofia Vergara, the Colombian bombshell who celebrates her 47th birthday this July 10. Vergara is mostly known to global audiences for her role of Gloria in the now classic sitcom Modern Family, which started airing ten years ago in 2009 (really, has it been that long?!). However, her career is much older than that, and spans modeling for the Latin American market and acting in Spanish-speaking telenovelas and TV shows. Here’s what you need to know about the highest paid Latina actress of all time (it is really profitable to be the star of a sensation like Modern Family).

Her full name is Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara.

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Uf, that is a mouthful. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia on July 10, 1972, and was destined for greatness a long time ago.

She grew up as the rancher’s daughter.

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Her mom Margarita was a housewife, while her father, Julio Emilio, was a cattle rancher who primarily did business with the meat industry.

Her childhood nickname will make you smile.

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“Toti”, that is how her five siblings and many primos called her. We wonder if her husband, Australian actor Joe Manganiello (pictured here) also calls her that! That would be simply adorable

She originally wanted to become a dentist.

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Say “Ahhhhhh”! Yes, that is right, our queen studied three years of dentistry in her native Colombia and was very close to getting her degree when she decided to pack her things and move to Miami (the epicenter of Latino media in the 1990s) to pursue a career in modeling and acting. It was a wise choice although we are sure she would have been successful in anything she set her mind to do. 

Her family fell victim to the violence in 1990s Colombia.

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One of the reasons why Sofia decided to migrate to the United States was the high levels of violence and social unrest in Colombia. Her older brother Rafael was murdered during a kidnapping attempt in 1998. 

Her onscreen debut was a Pepsi commercial.

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Being a good Catholic girl, Vergara was a bit apprehensive about acting and modeling. By the time she was 17, she lit up TV sets across the whole continent by appearing in a Pepsi commercial.

She attended a prestigious acting school.

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Yes, the Creative Workshops School of Acting, which is the alma mater of iconic Latino personalities such as Gloria Estefan. De la realeza de la farandula! She co-hosted Univision’s Spanish travel show Fuera De Serie from 1995-1998, which made her a celebrity in the region. In the show, she would travel to exotic locations with her co-host Fernando Fiore.

Her big breakthrough: Modern Family, of course!

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As Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Vergara has received every accolade imaginable and has become the highest paid Latina in entertainment. She has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Not bad for someone who was typecast as the hot Latino trophy wife but ended up stealing the show!

She is a natural blonde.

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Yes, as this picture from the 1990s attests, she is a natural rubia. However, she asks to get her hair dyed in black or brown to appear more Latina! 

She has her own line of jeans, which she launched with Walmart.

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Talk about breaking into the mainstream! Sofia Jeans was launched in association with Walmart and it offers body-positive products to women who want to look as fab as queen Sofia!

She is a cancer survivor.

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In 2000, when she was already appearing in some Univision shows, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. She had her thyroid removed, underwent a tough treatment and fully recovered. Talk about a turn of events for one of the most successful women in the world, regardless of ethnicity.

As of 2016, her annual income was almost $43 million a year. 

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She is a power player in Hollywood and no one, absolutely no one can stop her. Forbes calculates her current annual income to be nearly $50 million USD. Not bad, not bad at all! 

Not bad for a girl who was discovered on a beach.

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Yes, just a few years after this photo was taken, when she was 17, a photographer discovered her at a Colombian beach. We can only imagine how doubtful and potentially worried her family was, particularly given the political and social climate in Colombia at the time. She has said that is she hadn’t gone to the beach that day, she would have become a dentist.

She was an established name in the Spanish-speaking world well before Modern Family.

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We are sure you have seen this magazine, Vanidades, at your abuelita’s house! Vergara got her big break on the  1995 Mexican telenovela Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma

She has even done Broadway.

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Yes, in 2009 she gave her first Broadway performance as Mama Morton in Chicago. A star was born and hasn’t stopped since.

She first married when she was 18.

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She married her high-school sweetheart, Joe Gonzalez, and they had a kid in 1991, Manolo. They ended things in 1993, but Manolo is Sofias life! She was engaged to Nicholas Loeb in 2012 but the relationship ended in 2014 (she later had a legal dispute with Loeb concerning the fate of three embryos they produced for future development when they were together). 

She wanted to have a breast reduction surgery when she was a young woman.

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She felt embarrassed by her breasts when she was a child, but she is now proud of her womanly figure, as she should be. Body positivity above all! She now says: “Beauty is really all about confidence…” Yes ma’am. 

She has a personalidad liviana.

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Part of her success has to do with her good nature and free personality. She has said: “I can turn around and scream and get angry, but I turn around and I forget about it.”

She became a US citizen in 2014.

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She announced that she had scored perfect in the citizenship test when she visited the Jimmy Kimmel show! Take that, anti-immigration bullies!

She married Joe Mangianello in 2015.

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Look at these two love birds! They got engaged on Christmas Day 2014 after dating for only six months. But when things are meant to be, well, there is nothing you can do against it. The happy and gorgeous couple married in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 21, 2015. Judging by their Instas, they lead a free and loving existence, and they seriously give us all the FOMO with the amazing holidays, brunches, laughter and everyday domestic moments they share. Here is for tons of happiness for our Sofia, and for her to continue to inspire strong, independent Latinas for many years to come. Te queremos, La Toti, te queremos!

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