Name: Sofia “La Toti” Vergara
Born: Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara
Occupations: actress, comedian, producer, television host, model
Sofía Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, comedian, producer, television host, model and businesswoman, born in Barranquilla, Colombia on July 10, 1972 to a large family. While her mother raised and cared for Sofia and her five siblings, her father was a cattle rancher learning. Growing up in a well-to-do household enabled Vergara to attend a private bilingual elementary school where she began learning English. Though she would study dentistry, there were things bigger and brighter than bicuspids ahead for Vergara.
While still a teenager, Vergara was discovered by a photographer on the beach, and her natural beauty and charm led to a modeling career, with campaigns for Pepsi in the Latin American markets. It was her modeling work that led to her being cast in Mexican telenovelas as well as the travel show, Fuera de serie. She was a regular fixture on Spanish-language television network Univision, and her success there allowed her to move to the United States
Though American TV audiences know her very well from her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the sitcom Modern Family, Vergara got her big break in the American market from being in the Tim Allen crime caper movie Big Trouble. Vergara also starred in a pair of Tyler Perry movies, Meet the Browns and Madea Goes to Jail. More recently, Vergara has starred in indie film Chef, alongside actor/writer/director Jon Favreau, as well as Hot Pursuit with Reese Witherspoon. Interestingly enough, while still living in Colombia, Vergara would watch the Spanish-dubbed version of the popular sitcom Married with Children, which of course featured her future on-screen husband, Ed O’Neill. When production began on Modern Family in 2009, Vergara was disappointed to learn that O’Neill spoke no actual Spanish.
According to Forbes magazine, Vergara is the highest paid actress in television, earning a whopping $325,000 per episode on Modern Family. Her work on the hit ABC show, as well as her numerous endorsement and licensing arrangements, has helped her amass a net worth of $37 million dollars.
How much is $37 million?
That much money could certainly buy daily command performances from the cast of Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL, though we suspect that one of that franchise’s stars, Mike Manganiello, her partner since 2014, would do the job for free.