Sofia Vergara: ‘I never wanted to be an actress just to be an actress’

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Sofia Vergara has a featurette in the April issue of Vogue (The Shape Issue, with Michelle Obama on the cover), and I can’t say I’m wild about the one photo Vogue has released. Is this racist? I can’t decide if it’s racist, sexist or just stupid to have the most successful Latin actress in America relegated to the kitchen for her photoshoot. On one hand, they put in her a sexy gown. On the other hand, the subtext (or just the “context”) seems to be “Hispanics = kitchen workers”. Perhaps this concept wasn’t as offensive as their first choice, accessorizing Sofia with a bunch of white babies while she models “nanny chic”. Anyway, you can read Sofia’s interview here – she’s funny and interesting and she seems like a good sport about her fame. Some highlights:

She’s freezing her eggs: “you have to put first some peels, and then after——” What kind of peels, pray? “Hormone pills,” she says, “and then after that it is hormone injections.” Aww, does she have to have all those hormones tucked into her? She says yes; at her age, “they want to get as many eggs as they can because usually you produce them but they’re not good. They have to be perfect, perfect, perfect ones. My boyfriend is 37, younger than me, never had kids. So.”

Her giant engagement ring: Her engagement ring is a square diamond as big as the Ritz (with a triangular diamond shoulder on either side). It takes up the whole bottom joint of her ring finger. “I love it,” she says, “because it’s big enough. If it had been bigger, I couldn’t have worn it every day.” She laughs. “And if it had been smaller, I wouldn’t have liked it. It’s heavy, but I don’t take it off even to work out.”

Her accent: She has struggled with her heavily accented English, she laments. When she moved to L.A., she decided to take “accent classes, you know? Like speech classes? To see if I can fix it a little bit. But I spent so much money, so much time, and then when I would go to auditions I was always thinking about the pronunciation because you are supposed to put the tongue like this or—you know—like this, so then I would forget to act, and I was not getting any jobs, because all I wanted was to say the words right. And then one day I said, You know what? That’s it. If I can’t get a job with my accent, then this is not a job for me.”

Getting clothes tailored: “The key for my body is tailoring,” she says emphatically. “I spend more money on tweaking and fixing the clothes than the actual clothes. So I have to go to the tailor, and he would sew a seam in a little bit because my size is difficult. It’s not that it’s bad, I am not complaining—it’s just that once you know how to tweak it, you look like you are well dressed. For example, jeans that go all the way up here. So I tell the guy, OK, you know what needs to be done; I don’t even have to try them anymore. He knows to do it so when I sit the jean doesn’t go all the way down. It’s just learning what you have to do. Not for something simple like a T-shirt, but for a piece that I like, I always have to have it altered.”

Her boobs: “I mean, a normal girl will just put the dress on and leave. I need them to be like an armory. My dresses are like a work of art inside because, you know, I am 40 years old, I had a baby, and I am a 32F boob. And they are real still. When they are fake, you take the bra off and they are still there, perfect! Me—no, so I have to bring them up! I have to build the dresses up to here so that the bras—ach, it’s a whole, der—ugh—tchah!”

Actress and businesswoman: She says that “all the things that I dreamed in my career to do, all the businesses that I have, like my Kmart collection, like all the endorsements that I have [for Diet Pepsi and CoverGirl] and you know all the charities that I wanted to fund—it’s all because of Modern Family. So I am taking advantage while I can, to make money like I can now, because why not? It’s part of my job, doing what I like. I never wanted to be an actress [just] to be an actress. I wanted to be an actress or a celebrity with a business. For me, I never even knew I could be funny or act.” She laughs. “I went to dentist school.”

[From Vogue]

As always, I sympathize with the big-boob thing. I went shopping this weekend and I just wanted to get in and out of the stores, so I didn’t try anything on. While everything that I got technically fits me, I got too many blouses that fit me in the bust but need to be taken in through the waist. Ugh. During the interview, Sofia also talked about growing up in Colombia and how she was always flying to Miami when she was younger, and how much she loves Scarface – to the point where she named her son after Steven Bauer’s drug dealer character. Also, I kind of like how open she’s being with her plans to have a baby – reportedly, she and Nick Loeb are having a baby via surrogacy.

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