Joe Manganiello Shares Intimate Romantic Moment He Met ‘AGT’ Judge Sofia Vergara

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

AGT judge Sofia Vergara and her husband Joe Manganiello will have you believing in love at first sight. Joe recently shared the story of the first time he and Sofia met, and it’s both romantic and funny.

According to The Daily Mail, Joe spoke about the experience on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show. The pair met at a party in 2014, when Joe believed Sofia was still engaged to her ex Nick Loeb.

Sofia Vergara And Joe Manganiello’s First Meeting

“She was wearing this dress that looked great on her and I just could not take my eyes off of her,” Joe said of the first time he saw Sofia. However, he didn’t introduce himself, because Sofia was engaged to businessman Nick Loeb — or so he thought.


Later, Sofia’s Modern Family co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson introduced the two of them, explaining to Joe that Sofia was “a big fan of yours.” Joe said of Jesse that he “didn’t know what he was up to” and was afraid of getting into a fight with Nick.

Joe didn’t get AGT judge’s number during their first meeting, but he received an email a few weeks later from former People editor Jess Cagle telling him that Sofia and Nick had broken up. So Joe asked Jesse for Sofia’s number.

“I don’t know what kind of emotional state she’s in,” Joe apparently said, “but tell her I want to take her out, give me her number.”

Sofia And Joe’s Hollywood Love Story

Joe says Jesse gave him AGT judge’s number that same night. “I called her up, we laughed and talked,” Joe said, adding that he later flew to New Orleans, where she was shooting a movie. She told him he was “crazy,” and he replied, “I’ll see you next week!”


Sofia and Joe got married in November 2015 in Palm Beach, Florida. Wedding guests included Sofia’s Modern Family co-stars, as well as Reese Witherspoon. Pitbull performed at the reception.

Joe previously told Jimmy Fallon that he knew Sofia was The One “right away.” He jokingly showed her his People magazine “Hottest Bachelor” cover when asking if she wanted to get serious. When she proceeded to flip through it looking for other options, he knew she was “the one for me.”


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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