Sofia Vergara was born on July 10th, 1972 in Barranquilla, Colombia. On Modern Family Sofia plays the role of Jay’s (Ed O’Neil) younger wife Gloria perfectly. Vergara’s role on Modern Family is the largest role of her career in the United States. This article will explore Vergara’s acting career leading up to Modern Family.
Sofia Vergara got her start in acting on the TV series Acapulco, cauerpo y alma in 1995. She played the part of Irasema which was a small part but got her career started. It wasn’t until 2002 that Vergara resurfaced in the Tim Allen movie Big Trouble where she was cast as Nina. Big Trouble was Vergara’s first movie acting role. In 2002 Vergara also had an appearance on the TV series My Wife and Kids.
Her first big movie acting role came in 2003 the film Chasing Papi where she played one of the key characters Cici. Sofia continued acting focusing mostly on television where she had parts in the following: Hot Properties (2005), Entourage (2007), Amas de casa desesperadas (2007), Dirty Sexy Money (2007) and Men in Trees (2008). Most of the roles were small but they allowed Vergara to develop her acting talent and her resume. Sofia Vergara got her big break when she was cast as Gloria on Modern Family in 2009.
Sofia plays the role of Gloria the spicy Columbian wife beautifully. She is an attractive younger woman who is married to the older Jay (Ed O’Neil) which provides for some great comedic opportunities for the writers. Gloria has a son Manny (Rico Rodriguez) from a previous marriage so she gets to wear many hats on the show. Gloria’s character also provides some great material as she is the same age as many of her husband’s kids providing excellent jealousy material between her and Claire (Julie Bowen).
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Modern Family I would highly suggest it. The Modern Family cast is one of the best on television and Sofia Vergara is just one of the many excellent players.