Sofia Vergara, one of the stars of the hit ABC comedy "Modern Family," told Glam Belleza Latina that after growing up in Colombia, she's not embarrassed to say she loves making money and talking business.
Vergara, who was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, told the magazine in an interview that appeared in its Tuesday edition that she enjoys the business aspect of the entertainment business.
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"I'm not ashamed to say I love making money," Vergara told Glam Belleza Latina.
"I like business, and the truth is I save way more than I spend. I invest. I plan for the future. I have a special eye for opportunities and work harder than anyone might expect.
Vergara, who has been nominated for four Emmy awards and three Golden Globes for her role as Gloria in "Modern Family," told the magazine that entertainment business people often see her in real life as her character.
"It is fun to shock people with my business ideas," Vergara said. "Most people just see me as Gloria. I think that the concept of being sexy and smart is difficult for many to grasp. Most people are more comfortable with the notion of 'sexy bimbo.'
"And I have to admit that I've capitalized on that to negotiate a couple of times, when the 'smart ones' think I have no idea what I can deliver, and I end up costing them more," Vergara continued.
That ability to branch out became evident when Vergara took on the executive producer role with Ben Silverman for the upcoming ABC series "Killer Women," an adaptation of the Argentina series "Mueres Asesinas."
Vergara told Glam that when she first tried to break in to the entertainment business, her looks actually hindered her, but after her success on "Modern Family," she no longer has to worry about that challenge.
"When I first got to Hollywood, I wasn't getting roles because I didn't look, according to many casting directors and producers, 'Latina enough,'" Vergara said. "The reality is Latinos come in all colors, heights, and flavors, but who was I to preach this stuff when I needed a job? ... Now that my hair is closer to its original color, I feel great. I don’t have to darken my roots all the time."
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