Name: Sofia Vergara
Birthdate: July 10, 1972
Birthplace: Barranquilla Atlantico, Colombia
Claim to fame: Playing Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the ABC series Modern Family for the past six seasons.
What we can see her in next: The sixth season of Modern Family is currently airing every Wednesday on ABC at 9|8 c.
Interesting fact: Her first job in show business was a Pepsi commercial when she was 17 years old.
Best quote: “I’ve been in the U.S. for 16 years, and I have so much to thank this country for. But for every 100 roles…there are two that fit somebody like me. I mean, I can’t play a scientist. I know who I am. I know how I look. I know how I sound. I’m not going to tell my agent, ‘Book me Schindler’s List 2.’” — On how she will never be able to fully escape her Latino pigeonhole.
Why we love her: Our WCW this week is TV’s most powerful woman, Sofia Vergara. Recently just earning the top-spot on the Forbes list for the third year in a row as the highest-earning actress on television — it’s just a wee-bit intimidating how much this woman has it together. Not only is she stunning, hilarious, and natural in every sense of the word, but she’s also wealthy, powerful, and extremely business-savvy.
With her $325,000/episode into the sixth season of Modern Family, Vergara comes in at number one on the list — thanks in large part to her many endorsement deals — she has endorsement deals with Diet Pepsi, CoverGirl, Head and Shoulders, AT&T, the medicine Synthroid, as well as a massive 12-year contract with K-Mart. She also co-founded the multi-million dollar talent management and entertainment-marketing firm, Latin World Entertainment. Reportedly bringing her 2014 earnings to $37 million after everything’s combined — a whole $24 million more than the next highest-earning television actress. Now that’s what you call complete and utter domination when it comes to leveraging your personal brand. Worth a little more than her pretty face and a cheap laugh because of her thick Latino accent, wouldn’t you say?
So how did this all start? Well, Vergara was discovered on a beach in Colombia at 17 where she started modeling and acting — first appearing in a Diet Pepsi commercial. Then she became a star in the Latin market when she co-hosted an exotic travel show with the network Univision. Then when her contract expired, she moved to the US to pursue a film and TV career in the states, which obviously worked out for her in the best way possible.
Sofia Vergara is the cream on top of WCW crushes. She’s hilarious on Modern Family and has been nominated for several Emmys for her work on the show, as well she’s also one of the most lusted after women in Hollywood… BUT… she didn’t stop there, she went on to use her personal brand to create her own little empire. Now that’s what makes her easy to love, but even easier to respect.