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Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello Cover Hola USA March 2017

Sofia Vergara on Her Modern Family Character: "What's Wrong With Being a Stereotype?"

Avert your eyes if you can't handle too much hotness in one place, because Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello are sharing their first magazine cover. The couple, who married in a large ceremony in November 2015, opened their house for Hola! USA's March issue, sharing photos of the home they've built together and opening up about the moment they knew they were meant to be together.

Aside from talking about their quick courtship — they dated for less than a year before getting engaged — Sofia took the opportunity to address comments on her character on Modern Family being stereotypical. Her quotes come weeks after the Colombian actress came under fire on social media after she played along to a joke at the Golden Globes that made fun of her accent. At the People's Choice Awards, Sofia also used her acceptance speech for favorite comedic TV actress to speak about how her character has opened doors for other Latino actors, and that same week, she announced her role on a media company that'll create programming for Latinx audiences.

Scroll ahead for Sofia and Joe's quotes, then pick up the issue of Hola! USA to read more.

  • Sofia on why she hadn't moved in with anyone until her son, Manolo, went to college: "Partly because I hadn't found the right person and I knew that if I moved in with someone, it would have a psychological effect on my son. I wasn't going to bring a man into my son's home. I think that's why I always wanted long-distance relationships, with men in other countries."
  • Joe on when he knew he wanted to marry Sofia: "We realized very early on that we each had to put the other person's happiness and wellbeing head of our own. Once you realize that kind of trust has manifested, you hang on for dear life. Or in my case, you go and buy a ring."
  • Sofia on whether it bothers her that some people think her character on Modern Family is a stereotype of Latin women: "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 . . . It upsets me when 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."

Image Source: John Russo
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