Sofia Vergara is a worldwide famous person — and she or he labored arduous to get to the place she’s at.
The 48-year-old actress and entrepreneur has been named Forbes’ highest-paid actress on the earth for seven consecutive years, and constructed her personal international empire. In the start, nevertheless, she may barely land an agent.
“I was very young when I signed my first contract, and I did it myself,” Vergara tells Variety as part of this year’s Power of Women. “I wanted a supervisor, and that didn’t exist for a Latina character. It existed for Latina musicians, however not on TV.”
At the age of 22, she landed her major Univision hosting gig. After a number of roles and jobs in the Spanish-language market, she went on to star as Gloria Pritchett in Modern Family from 2009 to 2020. All the while creating her own business with clothing, furniture and fragrance collections. Last year, she made $43 million.
“I’m tremendous proud,” Vergara acknowledges of her Forbes’ title. “I feel like it’s a bit of an exaggeration though — don’t forget that I have to pay horrific taxes too. When everyone is like, ‘Oh, my God, you have so much money,’ I always say, ‘No, I don’t have as much as you think I have. I have to f*cking pay Uncle Sam! And managers! And lawyers! And agents!’”
And while she’s worked hard for the money, Vergara knows her worth and isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants.
“I do really feel generally that girls have that factor that they’re scared to barter. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need and what you deserve,” she states. “Because somebody is going to make that money, and somebody is going to take that money, and it needs to be you. That has worked for me, always.”
Her motivation is her “independence,” including, “I don’t believe that money is 100 percent what is going to give you happiness, but I think it takes away a lot of the pressure and stress where you can focus on other things. When you’re worried about how you’re going to pay the rent, I don’t think that you can be worry-free, and I always wanted that for myself.”
She additionally makes positive to not restrict or put herself in a field, understanding her strengths and what she is able to.
“It’s important to never alienate yourself, like, ‘Oh, I am a woman. Oh, I am Latina.’ Playing all those cards, I never allowed that to cross my mind,” she says. “I present myself as an equal, so no one would ever have the chance to see me different.”
“Of course, you can never compare to how a normal-speaking or white girl would get, but that is how it is,” Vergara notes of roles she will be able to go after. “We mustn’t sit right here and complain, however attempt to break these partitions, in order that they don’t attempt to put us in a distinct class. No, I can compete with all of them.”
The America’s Got Talent judge also doesn’t care about being judged for her accent when it comes to acting, saying, “Mostly as a result of I knew my limitations and I wouldn’t go to a casting for a NASA scientist, for instance. I used to be not attempting to get forged for Schindler’s List. I knew what I used to be going for — the place they wanted somebody like me.”
And while some may have felt that her Modern Family role was perpetuating stereotypical qualities of a Latina woman, she just laughed them off.
“I always laughed about it because if Gloria was stereotypical, then that’s just what I am,” Vergara says. “I created Gloria as a mixture of my mom and my aunt and the women that I grew up with in Colombia — they were loud, they were super intense, they were super colorful, super crazy, minding everybody’s business, super passionate and loving.”
“If Gloria was a stereotypical lady, then what a powerful stereotype. What was fallacious with being Gloria? She was incredible. She cared about everybody, she cherished everybody, even the youngsters that weren’t hers, she was all the time attempting to assist everybody,” she adds.
And while she’s made a name for herself, she hopes there are more opportunities for Latinos in the industry. “Little by little…It’s not nice, it’s not good,” she notes. “Even with the motion that has occurred now, I hope that in some unspecified time in the future, there shall be a wave the place extra jobs can be for Latin folks.”
Vergara, together with Michaela Coel, Mindy Kaling, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kate McKinnon and Maya Rudolph shall be honored as a part of Lifetime Presents Variety’s Power of Women The Comedians particular, premiering May 10 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime. Each honoree shall be interviewed by a detailed member of the family or buddy — together with Aidy Bryant, Bowen Yang, Natasha Lyonne, Luis Balaguer and Charlie Hall.
For extra on Vergara, see beneath.
Joe Manganiello Shares the Sweet Anniversary Gift He Got Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara to Launch Her First Beauty Brand
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello’s Love Story