Modern Family Sofia Vergara hits back at critics who called her character Gloria Pritchett a “stereotype.” She gamely answers the controversy.
Vergara is not intimidated of critics just like her character in the ABC hit comedy show. The Colombian actress has been slammed for playing into stereotype roles. She was further criticized after she poked fun of her accent at the recent Golden Globe Awards.
In an interview with HOLA! USA, Vergara defended Gloria and stressed how proud she is of her Latina culture. “What’s wrong with being a stereotype?”
“Gloria’s character is inspired by my mom and my aunt. They are both Latin women who grew up in Colombia, like me. They love color, prints and shoes,” Vergara added.
The actress admitted that what makes it more upsetting is when her fellow Latinos complain about Gloria. “I am grateful for the opportunity because the gringos have let me in with this strong accent I have. Eight years ago nobody had an accent like this on television,” she told HOLA.
What We Know About Modern Family Sofia Vergara’s Character
Gloria is Jay Pritchett’s second wife and mother to Manny and Joe. Although she has some odd parenting techniques, Gloria is a very loving mother and wife to Jay.
The show’s running gag involving the character is her mispronunciation of some common English words and phrases. The actress previously confirmed that she improvised many of Gloria’s mispronunciations.
Gloria is proud of her heritage and cultural background. In one episode in season 1, she rebuked Jay for forcing Manny not to wear his poncho for school. In another episode, she hired a Spanish language tutor to teach Manny her native language.
Modern Family Sofia Vergara already received a number of nominations from both the Emmys and the Golden Globes. She, however, has yet to take home an award from both award-giving bodies. The current highest paid actress in television had already won three Screen Actors Guild for playing Gloria.
Vergara rose to fame for her role in the ABC show. She currently holds the top spot on the Forbes’ list of highest-paid actresses on TV for the last five years. The actress recorded $43 million earnings last year.
Do you agree with Vergara’s thoughts on her character? Don’t miss Gloria at Modern Family season 8 every Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in ABC.
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