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Vergara, whose black hair spills in luminous cascades over her shoulders, says she did give modeling a try. For almost two months she worked for the Storm Agency in London. "But I didn't like it. I never took it seriously. I'm thinking, 'I'm never going to model, I'm too short, I'm too fat.' But they wanted me there, and it wasn't serious for me. I moved back to Colombia and started working in TV."
Travel had always been a part of her life, she says. "I don't really think too much about my moves. I'd been to the United States many times." Her father produces cattle for the meat industry in her native Barranquilla. Her mother was a homemaker who's now living with Vergara's siblings in Miami.
The 34-year-old recently relocated to New York, where "The Knights of Prosperity" is shot. She says her 15-year old son, Manolo, is used to relocating. But she was prepared for a battle when it meant leaving again.
"In New York I'm going to be suffering because to sell the whole move for him I said, 'Listen, now you're going to be independent.' And I sold him. Now he's excited. He picked the school he wanted because his grades are fantastic, so it was good. I thought it was going to be horrible, because at that age, your friends, your girlfriend is in L.A.--and everything's a DRAMA," she rolls her eyes.
Vergara, who has been a stunner since she was little, takes that in stride, too. "I'd be lying or a hypocrite if I said, 'Why do I have beauty?' Many doors have opened to me because I'm attractive or being pretty. And it's a reality. If I said, 'No, it's my talent. It's my personality.' That's not true. But you know what? I don't feel bad about it. You have to be able to maintain yourself in this business and obviously they've seen other things in me. It's more than the pretty, voluptuous Latin girl. I don't care. I know who I am. My family and friends know who I am."