Apparently acting on the silver screen in a comedy gig isn't a serious acting job, even if you're the world's highest paid television actress .
"I never thought of becoming an actress like Penelope Cruz, who has been acting all her life. She has gone to acting school, and she is a serious actress. I prefer doing comedy. I have always been naturally inclined to it."
Vergara has never been to acting school, relying on her natural talents for all the training she needs. It seems to be working, as the award-winning Colombian model, actress, philanthropist and spokesperson is immensely popular both in the U.S. as well as abroad, particularly in Latin America.
In what the Daily Mail calls a "bizarre body painting session," Vergara recently stripped down as her good friend and Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata, painted her body.
Well whether or not she is a 'serious' actress may be up for debate, but at least Vergara doesn't take herself too seriously.
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She REALLY Knows How To Party!
The Colombian actress is currently celebrating her 40th birthday in Mexico with her "Modern Family", co-stars Julie Bowen and Sarah Hyland and a bunch of her Colombian aunts, her son Manolo and several friends. Sofia and her guests are riding on boats, sipping drinks, tanning and having fun at beach parties. She was also seen <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20609626,00.html" target="_hplink">jetting off to the Rosewood Mayakoba spa resport in the Riviera Maya and visiting the Fort San Miguel in Campeche </a>with her boyfriend Nick Loeb. Sofia, can we be your friend?
She's A Survivor
A lot of people don't know this, but Sofia was <a href="http://fitperez.com/2011-11-04-sofia-vergara-was-diagnosed-with-thyroid-cancer" target="_hplink">diagnosed with thyroid cancer when she was just 28 years old</a>. "I was very young and when they tell you that word...you always think 'death'; that's all you think when they tell you that, so it was pretty scary," the actress once told "Nightline". After following the treatment recommended by her doctors (surgery, iodine radiation), she made a full recovery.
She Stands By Her Man
After her boyfriend Nick Loeb was involved in a serious car accident that put him in Intensive Care in August of 2010, Sofia stood by her man's side and made sure he fully recovered. "Thnks [sic] everybody, Nick is doing very good. Pelvix [sic] fracture, lots of pain but he is going to be ok. Gracias!!!" she tweeted just hours after the accident.
She Cares About Others
Earlier this year, Sofia worked with "Food for Thought"--a joint initiative between Los Angeles Unified School District and the LA Fund for Public Education that ensures that high poverty students across Los Angeles will be fed a nutritious meal before they start their day. And this weekend, for her birthday, Sofia has asked that in lieu of gifts, everyone dontate to her charity "<a href="http://www.suenossinfronteras.org/LoobN/" target="_hplink">Dreams Without Borders</a>," a non-profit organization dedicated to instilling hope and inspiration into the lives of orphans in Vergara's home country of Colombia. Fans can personally contribute toward's Vergara's charity on her customized <a href="https://giftiki.com/sofia/" target="_hplink">Giftiki </a>page by donating a small amount or by signing and drawing on a collaborative eCard.
She's A Great Mom
The most important guy in Sofia's life is her 20-year-old son, Manolo. Sofia constantly talks about Manolo -- who is named after Steven Bauer's character in "Scarface"--<a href="http://www.celebritybabyscoop.com/2012/06/18/sofia-vergara-manolo-shopping-pals" target="_hplink">they go shopping together</a>, and she recently began starring in her son's web reality series, "Mi Vida Con Toty" on Youtube. Cute!
She's A Great On-Screen Mom As Well
Can you think of a more endearing TV mom than Sofia's character Gloria Delgado-Pritchett? Gloria is always looking out for her #1 guy, her son Manny (Rico Rodriguez).
She Gives The Best Speeches!
When "Modern Family" won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series last year, Sofia surprised everyone when she gave an acceptance speech in Spanish and randomly thanked fellow Latino A-listers Salma Hayek and Antonio Banderas. Hilarious!
She's A Natural Blonde
"When I came to Hollywood, I put my hair really dark," Sofia revealed to Ellen Degeneres. And when Ellen asked her who has more fun, blondes or brunettes, Sofia joked, "I would say the girls with the bigger boobs!" Hilarious!
She's A Great Prankster!
On the Ellen Degeneres show, Sofia pulled a prank on a man, telling him she was filming a movie called "When Dogs Are Running and Horses Are Silent," and said it was "based on a movie like The Dogs Running In The Texas." Hilarious!
She's From Barranquilla!
Sofia is from Barranquilla, Colombia -- just like fellow Latina A-lister, Shakira! Viva <em>Colombia!</em>
She Was Hilarious On "Entourage"
Before she hit it big with "Modern Family," Sofia guest starred on HBO's hit show "Entourage" as a village girl from Bogotá who gets cast in the Vinny Chase (Adrian Grenier) film, "Medellin". Sofia's character Leila had a very minor role in the film within the TV show, but when the director of the movie, Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro), becomes infatuated with Leila, it ends up disrupting the entire production. Vergara, who is brilliant at deadpan humor, played Leila as a naive, down-to-earth girl who is confused by the amount of attention she's getting from the director given how little screen time she actually has in the film. At one point, Billy tells Leila how essential her role is in the film, to which she replies, "but I'm only selling Bananas." Priceless!
She Has Her Own Bobblehead!
Last week, Sofia tweeted the happy news that she now has her very own bobblehead. '<a href="https://twitter.com/SofiaVergara/status/221434852350767105" target="_hplink">I have my own bubble head</a>!" she wrote. <em>Felicidades </em>Sofia!
She's Reppin' For Latinos On SNL
Sofia killed it when she hosted "Saturday Night Live" back in March! Our favorite skit? Her dead-on impersonation of Fran Drescher. Even Fran called it "unbelievably delightful."
Sofia has a beautiful, sexy, hilarious, all-around wonderful accent. It's one of the things we love most about her!
She's The "Most" Beautiful
She was named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world in 2012.
She Was Adorable On "Sesame Street"
Sofia guest starred on "Sesame Street" and taught kids the meaning of the word "Baile" (Spanish for "Dance").
She's Conquered The Great White Way
In 2009, Sofia starred as "Mama" Morton on Broadway in the revival of "Chicago."
She Married Al Bundy!
Sofia's onscreen husband is Ed O'Neill ("Married With Children"). What's <em>not </em>cool about that?
She's Earning Industry Respect
For her work on ABC's hit show "Modern Family," Sofia has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 2010 and 2011, along with a Golden Globe Award, and has three Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations!
She Has Her Own Fashion Line
In 2011, Sofia launched her own clothing line at Kmart, a Contemporary Lifestyle Collection made for women of all shapes and sizes. "Having my own clothing line was something I have been wanting to do for a long time," Vergara <a href="http://www.latina.com/fashion/designers/exclusive-sofia-vergara-kmart-line-im-proud-every-single-item" target="_hplink">told</a> Latina.com last January. "I love clothes, accessories, handbags, fashion. I'm thrilled that finally I can do this with Kmart, an amazing partner that makes the collection accessible to all women without sacrificing a bit of quality and style," she said.
She's a Cover Girl...
In 2011, Sofia was also named one of the new faces of COVERGIRL Cosmetics!
She's Hilarious On Late-Night!
Sofia is so funny when she goes on late-night talk shows that comedienne Chelsea Handler declared "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgppD2zhazg" target="_hplink">this is my favorite interview that I've ever had on this show</a>."
She Keeps Up With The Kardashians & Everyone Else
A typical day for Sofia includes attending the White House Correspondents Association Dinner and chatting it up with Kim Kardashian...
She's A Scene Stealer
With her penchant for deadpan humor, her loud voice and her sexy accent, Sofia steals every scene she's in on ABC's "Modern Family!"
She's A Badass
In this scene from ABC's "Modern Family," Sofia gets a little trigger-happy. We wouldn't want to piss her off!
Forget all of the rail thin women in Hollywood, Sofia's got beautiful curves and she embraces them!
She's Making Movies
Sofia has landed roles in hit movies like "The Three Stooges," 'Happy Feet Two," 'The Smurfs" and "Madea Goes To Jail."
She Looks Stunning On The Red Carpet
Check out that dress!
And this dress!
And This One!
She Doesn't Age
Sofia still looks like she's in her 20s!
Her Makeup Is Always Flawless
Don't you agree?
She's Down To Earth
Sofia doesn't take herself too seriously and we love that about her!
Her Smile Is Absolutely Gorgeous!
Someone put her in a toothpaste commercial, stat!
She Knows How To Strike a Pose
She Has Beautiful Hair
Look at those locks!
She Loves Her Co-Stars
Sofia's co-stars Sarah Hyland and Julie Bowen are such good friends that they traveled to Mexico for her 40th birthday!
She's Got A Great Sense Of Humor
Have you ever seen her be serious? Neither have we!
She's a Hollywood Star
Sofia is representing Latinos in Hollywood as an A-lister.