Sofia Vergara does not like it when people say that her character on Modern Family is just representative of Latin stereotypes. Vergara has been promoting the next season of Modern Family, and in a new interview, she defends her character from negative perceptions.
She explains, "Whoever said that all Latin women are the same? It's impossible to caricature millions of women from 20 countries. There are many kinds of Latinas, just like there are many types and styles of women all over the world."
She adds, "[The stereotype] goes more toward seeing us as all about our families, hard working, standing up for ourselves, ultraprotective of our kids, and that we do ourselves up more than others, because a lot of us wear perfume even to take the kids to school in the morning." She also adds, "Gloria has a lot of my mom and my aunts in her, especially the funniest and most temperamental of them. I love my character, it makes me proud to play her as a symbol of many Latin women, but not all of them."
Sofia Vergara has become an internationally renowned television star with her performance on Modern Family, and the show remains one of the highest rated comedies on network television.