…And other advice from the Modern Family star
Most know Sofia Vergara for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the long-running hit ABC comedy Modern Family. But many don’t know that Vergara, the highest-paid actress on TV, is also a survivor of thyroid cancer. Diagnosed at 28, Vergara had her thyroid removed, developed hypothyroidism and has been on medication ever since. Vergara is now a spokesperson for the Follow the Script campaign, which aims to raise awareness about hypothyroidism.
TIME sat down with Vergara to talk about surviving cancer, that controversial Emmys skit and how actresses can lean in.
TIME: You were criticized this year for your Emmys skit in which you were placed on a pedestal. Were you surprised by that?
Sofia Vergara: Yes, I was. Obviously it was a joke. It was something that was staged. It wasn’t like I was tricked into it. So we were laughing about how some people have to bully others for no reason.
I’ve read that the character of Gloria is based on you. How similar are you two?
I play her the way I see my mother and my aunt behave as Latin women. And now the writers know more about the Latin culture than when I started doing the show, and they know me better, too. So at this point, I pretty much follow the script.
But before you would improvise more?
Well, not improvise. I would talk to them and tell them, “We wouldn’t do this.” One time we were at a party with Colombians, and the Colombians were dressed like Mexicans. So I went to the writers and was like, “Colombians don’t dress like that.” Little things like that, but now they’re really good about it.
Latina women are underrepresented in Hollywood. Do you feel like it’s gotten better since you started your career?
Yes. There’s more scripts now. But it takes time. I cannot blame the writers because when you’re a writer, you write about what you know. So you cannot tell an American writer to just write about some other culture and think it will be as natural as writing about an American person.
Ohh I loved the episode. Jay makes me so fun and Gloria trying to be the fixer even more.
Modern Family > Season Six > Episode Screencaptures > 6×05 – Won’t You Be Our Neighbor
Enjoy two interviews of Sofia from her latest event red carpet talking about Modern Family, boyfriend Joe, importance of supporting these events and meeting people while there. LOL
The most beautiful Angel landed on earth yesterday and attended the Angel Ball event. I’m talking about Sofia Vergara of course. I’ve added to the gallery HQ images from the event. Gorgeous!!!!
Public Appearances > Events in 2014 > October 20 | Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Hosts Angel Ball 2014
Uhm what does Gloria think of Manny with a new girlfriend?! I’ve added to the gallery screencaptures from last night episode! Enjoy them and hurry up, go and watch it, it’s worth it!
Modern Family > Season Six > Episode Screencaptures > 6×04 – Marco Polo
Finally I got a copy of Shape USA and made HQ scans from it. Enjoy the interview which is interesting (even with the usual questions on her boyfriend and the same exact reply from Sofia to all of them!) and the photos. You can also find now HQ version of the photoshoot in gallery.
Magazine Scans > Scans from 2014 > Shape (USA) – November
Tomorrow’s night episode promo is out.