A few weeks after Sofia Vergara’s much-discussed performance at the 2017 Golden Globes, the highest paid actress on TV said she’s OK with playing a stereotype. In a recent interview with Hola! magazine, Vergara said when it comes to Gloria Pritchett, the character she plays on “Modern Family,” she’s OK if people think she’s playing a stereotype. According to Hola!, Vergara said, “What’s wrong with being a stereotype? Gloria’s character is inspired by my mom and my aunt. They are both Latin women who grew up in Colombia, like me.”
Vergara did not address the mixed reviews she’s received for appearances at the Emmys and Golden Globes, where she wasn’t playing a character. In 2014, Vergara was literally put on a pedestal during the Emmys, which drew some criticism from people who felt she was being objectified. Earlier this year, Vergara also rubbed some people the wrong way for doing what they felt was a hackneyed “foreigner-can’t-speak-English-well” joke.
According to People magazine, Vergara told Hola! she’s upset when people complain about her character. Vergara says, “I am grateful for the opportunity because the gringos have let me in with this strong accent I have. Eight years ago nobody had an accent like this on television.”