“Modern Family’s” Emmy-nominated star Sofia Vergara is showing off her curves in the September issue of Redbook – but she didn’t always want to show them off. She also tells the magazine which “Modern Family” cast members are most like their onscreen personas.
What were some of the positives about being a young mother?
“When I had Manolo, I was 19, and I had the energy for everything. My boyfriend now wants to have kids, and I don’t even want to think about it. I would have to get into that mind-set again, the waking up early.”
When you were a kid and you got curves, you weren’t happy with them. When did you start accepting your body?
“The thing is, I’ve had these ridiculously huge boobs since I was super young. Like, 13. I was really skinny at that time, so it was weird to have those f—ing boobs and be skinny. It was hideous. Then after I had my kid, I got hips and everything started to come together”
Have you ever heard that someone’s a fan of yours and thought, No way!
“When I was going to film [the upcoming movie] ‘New Year’s Eve’ with Jon Bon Jovi – I mean, in Colombia, he is the biggest thing. I grew up being in love with him. So when I saw him, I was like, ‘Oh, my God, it’s Bon Jovi!’ But when he saw me, he was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s Gloria!’ Its just insane.”
[On Modern Family] Who in the cast is similar to their character and who is totally different?
“I think I’m the most similar. I’m Latin, I have an accent, I have a kid from a previous marriage, and I’m Colombian. Julie is a lot like Claire; she’s very into doing things perfectly. She’s neurotic, in a good way. I think she and I get along so well because we’re very different. They don’t have to alter anything she puts on because she’s superfit. Everything I try on is hours of alterations. There’s no competition of any kind, which is what happens sometimes with women. Rico [Rodriguez], who plays my son, says he’s not at all like Manny, but we all think he is; he’s an old soul. Eric [Stonestreet] plays a gay guy and he’s not gay, so that’s the most different. But the rest of us, we’re very similar. Ty [Burrell] is exactly Phil.”
The Sofia Vergara issue hits newsstands Aug. 16.