Once known as Sofia Viagra due to the effect she has on men and with arguably the best body in Hollywood, the Colombian-American sex-bomb became an overnight sensation in hit US sitcom Modern Family and is now officially the highest paid actress on US television worth an astonishing $37million.
With recent turns in movies such as Chef and now her first lead-role in the rollicking romp Hot Pursuit with Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon Sofia has a blooming Hollywood career firmly in her sights. For her part, Witherspoon has this to say about her voluptuous co-star: “Literally every person stares at [Sofia],” Witherspoon says. “Men fall on the floor; women drop their purses. It’s like a commercial! Her hair is in slow motion.”
Well we wanted to find out for ourselves and as busy as she is, Sofia just about found the time to talk to us about her new movie, what it’s like to be one of the sexiest women in the world, the importance of having a sense of humour (top tip guys!), her upcoming marriage to actor Joe Manganiello (True Blood, Magic Mike XXL) and beating Kim Kardashian to the title of ‘World’s Best Behind.’
X: You and Reese are a great combination in Hot Pursuit, with fantastic chemistry. How did this come together?
SOFIA VERGARA: She wanted to work with me, so when Reese came to me and proposed the movie, I almost went crazy. An Oscar winner, wanted to work with me, you don’t turn down a chance like that.Now you’re the best of friends was it always a mutual admiration
X: Now you’re the best of friends was it always a mutual admiration society between you and Reese?
SV: Yes. I think she’s extremely pretty and I think she dresses so beautifully. I saw her on an awards show and I texted her that her boobs looked really good in the dress. (Laughs) Reese told me later that as soon as she received my text she made a copy and then texted it to her husband telling him that I thought her boobs are great! I always kid with her and I tell her, “you have like a hot Latin girl inside waiting to come out”.
X: But you’re so glamorous in the l’m while Reese remains in police uniform. She must have been jealous
SV: Yes, I looked better than her but it was a movie and it wasn’t comfortable. I was the one in heels, a lot of action, getting out of cars, running and dragging that stupid bag. I looked a lot better than her but she was more comfortable than me.
X: How about you two and your infamous screen kiss?
SV: Oooh! She was delicious! She smells like a strawberry!
X: Moving on to the subject of her now Fiancé Joe Manganiello whom she met at the White House Correspondents dinner in May 2014 (when she was still with former boyfriend Nick Loeb).
X: Is Joe the perfect man?
SV: (Laughs) Yes, of course! Except that he’s four years younger than me. But I guess I shouldn’t complain about that!
X: Women all over the world are incredibly jealous of you, have you seen Magic Mike XXL yet?
SV: I did and it was fantastic. But I’d seen all the dances before. Joe had to practice and I had to give my opinion and, you know, what can I say, he is a sexy man.I’m very lucky.
X: How did you know that Joe was the right man for you?
SV: You know it’s like everything. Like if you meet the person, and you get excited, and you find out when you start dating them that they have so many things in common then it’s great but, to be honest I didn’t expect this. I’m used to being in relationships where you argue and have to work hard at making everything work smoothly. But with Joe it’s so easy to be with him.
With her less than perfect past history in the marriage game, and so many Hollywood marriages gone bust in no time with a “this is mine, that is yours” mentality, Vergara knows the subject of a pre-nup is one she will have to broach at some point. Will she be looking to get one?
SV: Like everybody, you know… like everybody wants to have their things and I’ve been very independent my whole life, so…you know I haven’t really thought about that now that I’m getting married, but we’ll see what happens but I know he doesn’t want anything of mine, so I’m good anyways (laughs).
You can’t conduct an interview with Sofia Vergara and not discuss her looks.
X: Your amazing figure is part of your image, was it hard for you when you were a teenager?
SV: Yes. (Laughs) When I was a teenager I was skinny but with big boobs. Everybody stares at you and of course every man is after you. It was a relief for me when I met my rst husband and then I didn’t have to deal with being chased as much. I think my parents were relieved as well.
X: You must get approached by men all the time? What advice do you have for women who want to approach a man?
SV: Women shouldn’t be afraid to show an interest in a man. Why should it only be up to a man to ask a woman out?Women are much more independent and confident today. I think an interesting man appreciates it if a woman makes the first move. It shows a man you’re strong and have a mind of your own and that makes for a much more interesting relationship between equals.
X: Your physical beauty has always opened doors for you but can’t that perception also be a limiting factor at times?
SV: I’ve never really let myself worry about that because I never thought of myself as a serious actress. It was never my profession or aspiration. What I know is that I have a personality that people enjoy and that I have a talent for making people laugh. I know that my accent and my appearance will always cause me to be identified with certain kinds of roles and I’m happy to have the chance to make a career out of it.
X: So what does being sexy mean to you?
SV: I was born in a little pushup bra! I never really thought it about until I moved to the United States because in Latin America, everybody goes to the beach with a G-string and you are always in high heels, and you are always in makeup, so whereas here everyone says ‘oh, she’s being sexy for us’, for us it’s just an everyday thing. I really don’t even think about it. It’s funny, because I have an office in Miami and I have an office in Los Angeles, and when I go to my office in Miami, it’s all Latin girls over there because, of course, it’s Miami and they are all in their high heels and tight jeans and I don’t even think about it, and then I come to my office in LA, and all the girls are in their sweaters and they look beautiful and cute, but it’s not the same thing. (laughs) But in the movie, I’m kind of wearing an old t-shirt that looks like a wet t-shirt for basically the whole time.
X: How do you feel being on all these sexiest women’s lists around the world?
SV: It’s fantastic. I’m 42 and I’m in these sexiest women lists, it’s so funny, I always laugh. It’s like, ‘Are they crazy?’ I’m going up for sexiest ass against Kim Kardashian and she’s like 15 years younger than me. And she should be upset that she’s up against me. I think I beat her once or twice, and I’ve met her at red carpeT things and she is just the most beautiful woman anywhere, so I guess I get a little excited when I look at her and think, ‘I beat you’. It’s crazy, I mean, I’m a woman, but I’m very exaggerated with my boobs, my ass, how I do my makeup, and my accent, of course. When I get prepared for a red carpet or whatever, I always look at myself in the mirror and think, ‘I look like a drag queen’ But I love it. So somebody is going crazy to put me on these lists.
The thing is though, as Sofia bids us goodbye and slinks away in a red gurehugging Dior dress and Blahnik heels, she IS the sexiest woman in the world and they’re not crazy at all.