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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.

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Sofia Vergara Finally Breaks Silence About When Ellen DeGeneres Disrespected Her Accent

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Sofia Vergara Finally Breaks Silence About When Ellen DeGeneres Disrespected Her Accent

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Updated August 24, 2020.

Given the recent string of allegations against Ellen DeGeneres, many of her fans are taking inventory of her jokes and viewing them in a new light. Weighing and measuring the jokes DeGeneres has made in the past, fans are finding the comedian guilty of mean-spiritedness. Particularly when it comes to her treatment of her frequent show guest Sofia Vergara over the years.

Over the last decade, DeGeneres has had time to host Vergara on her talk show various times. Whether Vergara was herself or when she was sitting alongside the rest of the cast of her old show “Modern Family.” And despite the very many things DeGeneres could have talked to or celebrated Vergara for while hosting her, the Colombian actress was often subject to some of the worst jokes by DeGeneres.

All because of her thick accent.

Recently fans compiled clips of DeGeneres’s interviews with Vergara and it’s pretty not great.

In clips circulating on Twitter, DeGeneres can be seen jeering Vergara for her accent. During one interview, DeGeneres remarks hat Vergara’s “English has gotten worse, not better,” over the course of her time on “Modern Family.” Users on Twitter were quick to point out that DeGeneres often made jokes about Vergara’s English and often tried to make games out of her English-speaking abilities. In several incidents during the interviews, it seems pretty evident that Vergara might have been hurt by DeGeneres’ jokes.

Recently, Vergara addressed claims that DeGeneres was being racist towards her.

In response to allegations that DeGeneres was being racist, Vergara commented “Two comedians having fun with each other to entertain,” in a tweet going on to say “I was never a victim guys, I was always in on the joke.”

In response to Vergara’s message fans have pointed out that whether done with the intention of being racist towards Vergara specifically, DeGeneres’ jokes at the time were still hurtful to others.

“My parents, who have heavy spanish accents, didn’t have the option to be in on the joke.’ Instead, they were the butt of jokes,” one user wrote. “And as a child of immigrants, I was always picked on because of that. Your ‘entertainment’ may lead to some to think they have a free pass to ridicule.”

“Me too, my poor mom took classes to try to reduce her accent despite being perfectly understandable. The discrimination was even worse in the 80s but Ellen keeps it alive,” another Twitter user commented. “It’s the lowest form of humor, the put down towards the other person. It’s non funny peoples humor.”

DeGeneres has yet to comment on the clips that have resurfaced.

But they’re pretty damning.

Tons of people are commenting on the clips being shared of the actresses time together.

And it’s pretty heartbreaking how hurtful DeGeneres’ comments are.

And of course, you might remember this terrible offense.

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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Sofia Vergara Recalls Brother’s Death During Powerful AGT Audition: ‘I Can Feel Your Pain’

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A recent audition on “America’s Got Talent” made judge Sofia Vergara so emotional that it inspired her to open up about a tragedy very personal to her.

On Tuesday’s episode of the competition series, Vergara watched 27-year-old Brandon Leake take the stage to deliver a spoken-word performance that resonated with Vergara.

Leake, a former high school English teacher introduced his piece by dedicating it to his sister.

“Love is the most vulnerable thing one will ever have,” Leake explained during his performance “And you must learn to hold onto it loosely so when it leaves it won’t exit so painfully.” During the performance, Leake recalled losing his sister in the late ‘90s saying “I’m still haunted by these nightmares ’cause I have a really creative mind, and sometimes it designs these alternate realities where she is still here.”

Continuing Leake said “Still alive, and all the things I wish we could have done are played again and again and again. I’m tired of playing God ’cause I gotta come to terms with the fact that my sister ain’t never comin’ back.”

The “Modern Family” actress became visibly emotional during the performance and teared up.

Judges Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell were quick to give Leakes a standing ovation.

“What an amazing tribute,” Cowell said. “There’s something very, very special about you. This is a very difficult thing for me to judge. I shouldn’t be judging it, I just want to compliment you on what you just did because it was extraordinary.”

Mandel commended Leake’s performance saying “we feel your pain, we feel your love, and you moved me to do this” before hitting the Golden Buzzer which means he is being sent straight to the AGT live shows.

Vergara shared with Leake that his poem reminded her of the loss and grief she experienced after losing her own brother.”My brother passed away the same year that your sister passed away. I can feel your pain; I know what this is. I know what it is to have somebody taken from you without you knowing,” Vergara said before going on to say that the poem was “very beautiful for me.”

On Tuesday evening, Vergara tweeted that Leake’s performance was “a great way to end the night!!!”

In 1998, Vergara’s older brother Rafael was murdered while men attempted to kidnap him.

Vergara opened up about the death in 2011 for a Parade cover story, telling the magazine “My older brother, Rafael, was killed in Colombia… “Mother was like a zombie… I wanted to be with them. So I got a big house and we all lived together. I am so grateful to be in this country.”

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