Sofia Vergara Biography

Name: Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara

Birthdate: July 10, 1972

Spouses: Joe Gonzalez, Joe Manganiello

Children: 1

Sofia Vergara is a Colombian actress and model born on July 10, 1972, in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her father Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo was a cattle rancher for the meat industry and her mother Margarita Vergara de Vergara was a homemaker. She was born into a big family with five siblings and many cousins. Among them, her younger sister Sandra Vergara who was adopted is also an actress. In 1998, her older brother was in a botched kidnapping attempt in which he was killed in the gunfire. Due to the incident, her family had to leave Colombia and settled in Miami, Florida.

Sofia dancing in a costume in her native Colombia

During childhood, Sofia attended the Marymount International School Barranquilla which is a private bilingual Spanish/English school. She later enrolled in a University in Colombia to study dentistry. However, she studied for three years and later dropped out without completing the last two semesters to pursue her career in modeling. In 2000, Sofia was diagnosed with thyroid cancer due to which she had to go through surgery to remove her thyroid gland.

Sofia Vergara Career and Salary

In the beginning, Sofia was discovered by a photographer when she was walking on a Colombian beach. The photographer immediately offered her to work in modeling and television. Initially, Sofia hesitated to accept the offer and asked the permission of her school teacher. At the age of 17, Sofia appeared in the Pepsi commercial for the Latin American audience. Later, she enrolled in the Creative Workshop School of Acting where she was mentored by Gloria Estefan.

After two years, Sofia began working as a runway model in Bogota, Colombia. From 1995 to 1998, Sofia co-hosted the Univision travel show “Fuera de series” for which she had to travel to exotic locations around the world. The show was later aired on American network channels which gave her recognition in the United States. In 2002, Sofia made her debut in the film industry with the comedy movie “Big Trouble”. However, her more notable role was in the movie “Chasing Papi” which was released the following year.

Mark Wahlberg and Sofía Vergara in Four Brothers (2005)

Later, Sofia was cast in movies such as “Four Brothers” ( 2002 ) as Sofi, “Meet the Browns” ( 2008 ) and “Madea Goes to Jail” ( 2009 ). Later, Sofia received her first nomination for the Best Actress in Film at the ALMA Award for her role in the movie “Madea Goes to Jail”. During the same time, she appeared as a guest on TV shows including “Baywatch” and “Entourage”. She also played the main roles in the TV series such as “Hot Properties” in 2005 and “The Knight of Prosperity” in 2007.

Sofia in American sitcom Modern Family as Gloria

In 2009, Sofia was cast as Gloria Delgado Pritchett on the ABC sitcom named “Modern Family”. The show was an instant hit becoming Sofia’s breakthrough role. For her role, she was nominated for the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2009. In 2010, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film at the Golden Globe Award, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in Primetime Emmy Awards and won the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series at the Screen Actor Guild Awards. She also won the Best TV Actress award at the Imagen Foundation Award. She won many more awards for her role including the Favorite TV Comedy Actress at the People’s Choice Awards in 2017.

In 2011, Sofia played the role of Odile Anjelou in the movie “The Smurfs”. She has also given her voice to the character Carmen in the animation movie “Happy Feet Two” ( 2011 ), to Gabbyy Babblebrook in the animated sci-fi movie “Escape from Planet Earth” ( 2013 ), and to Flamenco Dancer in the animated movie “The Emoji Movie” ( 2017 ).  She also played a role in “Machete Kills” in 2013. Later, Sofia worked as an executive producer as well as the actress in the movie “Hot Pursuit”.

Currently, Sofia is the highest paid TV actress according to Forbes. In 2011, Sofia was paid 175,000 dollars per episode of the show “Modern Family”. However, currently, it is estimated that Sofia is paid 1 million dollars per episode of her show.  The Estimated net worth of Sofia Vergara is $120 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Sofia Vergara Relationship

During high school, Sofia used to date her classmate Joe Gonzalez. The two were high school sweethearts and dated for 3 years. Later the two got married in 1990 at the age of 18. After two years of marriage, Sofia gave birth to their first child, a baby boy named Manolo. However, the following year, the two got divorced and Sofia decided to raise her son alone.

Sofia and Joe Gonzalez in 1990

In 2003, Sofia briefly dated the British singer Craig David. The two dated for a short period and in an interview, Craig said “We went out for a while, but she was in LA and I was traveling the world, so things didn’t work out.” In 2005, Sofia briefly dated the American actor Tom Cruise. The two first met at a party thrown by Will Smith. According to sources, the two secretly dated for several months but didn’t confirm it.

In 2006, Sofia started dating the American actor Tyrese Gibson. The two first met on the set of “Four Brothers”. The two were frequently spotted getting coy and getting lunch together. However, none of them admitted the rumors. In 2007, Sofia briefly dated Canadian actor Donal Logue. During the premiere of “Ghost Rider”, Donal brought Sofia as his date. However, after that, the two were rarely seen together.

In 2010, Sofia started dating the American Business Professional and Politician Nick Loeb. The two were spotted multiple times in Los Angeles spending time together. In 2012, July, Sofia, and Nick got engaged to each other. After almost 2 years of engagement, the two split up and Sofia said “Not that anyone should care, but in order to not give the press the chance to invent crazy and hurtful drama, I prefer to tell my fans personally that Nick and I have decided to be apart,” “We have been having too many problems with figuring out how to spend time together and because of my work and now his, it’s been getting worse and worse. Not fun anymore,” she continued. “We are still very close but we believe it’s the best thing for us right now.”

Sofia and actor Joe Manganiello married in 2015

After the two separated, Sofia started dating the American actor Joe Manganiello. The two first met at the White House Correspondents Dinner. The pair started getting close after they celebrated the 4th of July together. The two were also spotted having dinner together multiple times. After dating for 6 months, Joe proposed to Sofia and the pair got engaged on December 25, 2014. On November 22, 2015, the pair got married at Florida’s Breakers Palm Beach resort in Palm Beach, Florida.


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