Sofia Vergara has quickly become everyone’s favorite America’s Got Talent judge in only a short period of time. The model turned actress is adding some flavor to the judging panel for season 15 and bringing her hilarious personality to the show to make us all laugh until we cry. Let’s take a deep dive and learn 10 facts about the woman stealing everyone’s hearts through our television screens.
Sofia Vergara’s Early Life And Career Path Was Way Different Before Acting
Sofia was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1972. Her family were cattle farmers. This is also the birthplace of global superstar and former ‘Voice’ coach Shakira, and the two are actually pretty good friends. She went on to study at the University of Colombia where she pursued dentistry for two years. Never did she have the intention of becoming an actress or a model. In an appearance on the show, Harry, with host Harry Connick Jr. she said “I wanted to be a doctor but being a doctor takes so much time, years of studying. It’s difficult.” She continued “So the next best thing for me at that time was to be a dentist. So I went to dental school, but I didn’t finish.” She actually admitted that she never got the chance to work on anyone’s teeth.
Sofia Vergara Was Discovered On The Beach In Colombia
Dentistry was her career plan and she was actually a few semesters from graduating until a trip to the beach with her family turned into a huge opportunity. When she was 17, she was approached by a photographer during the family outing. She initially turned down his offer because of her Catholic faith, but she later recieved permission from the strict sisters at her Catholic school to pursue modeling. Soon after she shot a commercial for Pepsi which became a huge success. However, she still continued her studies and returned to a normal life.
She Was Married Young And Had A Son
Though she took small modeling jobs here and there, life changed for Sofia when she turned 18 and got married to her high school sweetheart, José González. It was not uncommon for people in Colombia to get married and have children young. A year later they had a son, Manolo. But the pair split in 1993 causing young Sofia to raise her son alone. She decided to pick up and move to Bogota to find better-paying modeling jobs to support her and her son.
Some Of Her First Jobs Were Spanish Television Shows And Commercials
While Sofia did not initially want to become an actress, she did see great success with some of the first roles she pursued. She took a role in a Mexican telenovela called Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma. This definitely got her noticed by more people who were captivated by her beauty and acting skills. In the mid-90s she came to America with her family and settled in Miami. She became the host of a Spanish-language travel show called Fuera de Serie where she would travel to unusual locations. She had a small role in the film “Big Trouble” with Tim Allen and “Soul Plane” with Kevin Hart in 2004. But it was her role on Dirty Sexy Money that got her noticed by executives at ABC.
Landing A Role On ‘Modern Family’ Changed Her Life Forever
Speaking of getting noticed by ABC, Sofía was chosen to play the scene-stealing role of Gloria in the hit sitcom Modern Family. She was on the show for all 11 seasons as the fiery Latin wife of Jay Pritchett. This role led her to be nominated for the supporting actor Emmy four times along with four Golden Globe nominations. Though she did not win either of those awards, she did win a 2017 People’s Choice Award.
Sofia Is The Highest Paid Actress On Television
According to Forbes, in 2018, Sofia topped the list of highest-paid television actresses for the seventh year in a row. That is not an easy feat considering she was competing with people like Kaley Cuoco from Big Bang Theory. Sofia has an estimated net worth of $160 million and is definitely racking in even more money with her new position as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
Her Famous Accent Set Her Apart From Other Actresses
Definitely one thing that has gotten Sofia noticed is her famous accent. Early on in her career she spent tons of money on speech lessons but found that it was hard for her to ditch her accent. Her son encouraged her to just be herself and not try too hard. A lot of people think that her accent is fake but Sofia said that when she goes out in public people are shocked to find that it is in fact real. She did say however that there were certain instances during her time on Modern Family that she emphasized her accent to make scenes funnier. Part of her character on the show was getting certain things lost in translation like the word “saxophone” in which her character interpreted as a “sexy phone.”
Sofia Is A Cancer Survivor
In 2000 Sofía was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 28. She had her thyroid removed and has now been cancer-free for 20 years. Sofia has long been an advocate for cancer research and standing up to cancer.
Joe Manganiello Knew He Wanted To Marry Sofia All Along
Actor Joe Manganiello manifested his relationship with Sofia Vergara. When asked who his celebrity crush was, Joe did not hesitate to say, Sofia Vergara. “She’s got that Latin thing going. She’s got the butt, she’s got curves, she’s got a beautiful face, beautiful hair, just gorgeous. And she’s feisty!” At the time, Sofia was engaged to Nick Loeb but Joe’s sights were set on her.
He was on People’s list of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors and said she was literally his ideal woman even though the two had never met. As soon as her engagement was over, Joe jumped on the opportunity to meet her. They dated for six months before Joe popped the question and the pair were married in 2015. On their first anniversary, Joe wrote Sofia a 40-page book based on their love story. “I love my wife a lot,” he told Cosmopolitan UK in 2017.
She Posed Nude For A Magazine Cover In 2017
In 2017, Sofia posed nude for Women’s Health Magazine’s “Naked Issue.” This cover definitely broke the internet along with a nude spread inside of the magazine. She also had a steamy shower scene in the movie “Bent” with actor Karl Urban. This was enough for her husband to ask her if it was going to become a common thing.
There is no denying that Sofia has an amazing body and an even more amazing personality. She seriously is the full package.
We cannot wait to see what else Sofia does and says on this season of America’s Got Talent because she is definitely stealing the show.