Sofía Vergara strongly criticized a television host who mocked her Colombian accent during her appearance on the Spanish talk show “El Hormiguero.” The “Modern Family” actress, aged 51, was questioned by host Pablo Motos about how she pronounced the name of her former sitcom in Spanish. Reacting to the mockery, Vergara retorted, questioning Motos’s English proficiency and highlighting her own achievements.
In response to Motos’s laughter, Vergara, also the host of “America’s Got Talent,” visibly expressed anger and pointedly asked about his Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, emphasizing her own four nominations for her role in “Modern Family.” Motos, associated with “El Hormiguero,” had only one Emmy nomination in 2011 in the non-scripted entertainment category.
Despite the uncomfortable exchange, Vergara remained composed, while Motos seemed taken aback. This incident contrasted with Vergara’s response to Ellen DeGeneres’s comments on her accent during a 2015 episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” In that instance, Vergara defended DeGeneres, stressing that it was all in good humor.
Vergara, known for her role as Gloria in “Modern Family,” faced criticism for perpetuating Latina stereotypes. However, she defended her character, citing inspiration from her own Colombian background. In a 2017 interview with Hola! Magazine, she expressed gratitude for breaking barriers with her accent and challenged the idea that portraying a stereotype was inherently negative.
Currently, in her new project with Netflix, Vergara takes on the role of real-life Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco. Despite the challenges and controversies surrounding her accent, Vergara continues to embrace her cultural identity in her acting career.