CHILDREN: Manny and Fulgencio (aka Joe)
Gloria is married to Jay, who’s quite a few years older, but neither the age nor the cultural difference makes any difference to her. She loves what she loves. And she truly loves Jay and her young son, Manny. Becoming a new mother again to baby Fulgencio has only opened her heart even wider. This passionate, gorgeous woman who is originally from Colombia isn’t afraid to say exactly what’s on her mind. It has taken some time for Claire and Mitchell to accept her and realize that she’s no manipulative gold-digger with a heavy accent. They’ve seen what Jay has always known: there’s a lot more to her than meets the eye.
Sofía Vergara is the only Hispanic actress who started her career in a U.S. Hispanic Network and successfully crossed over to the general market. The Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG-nominated actress was recently named the newest face of CoverGirl, and is getting ready to launch a women’s clothing and accessories line called ‘Sofía’ exclusively for Kmart. The line is available this September in all Kmart stores. She is also currently the face of Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Skinny.
Vergara can be seen in Columbia Pictures’ "The Smurfs," opposite Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and George Lopez, and also recently wrapped production on 20th Century Fox’s "The Three Stooges," alongside Sean Hayes and Will Sasso, and Warner Bros./New Line Cinema’s "New Years Eve," with Jessica Biel, Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl. In addition Vergara lent her voice to the Warner Bros. picture "Happy Feet 2," alongside Robin Williams, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt. She got her break on the big screen in Disney’s comedy, "Big Trouble," and has since starred in such films as "The 24th Day," "Four Brother," "Lords of Dogtown" and Tyler Perry’s box office sensations "Meet the Browns" and "Madea Goes to Jail."
Additional television credits include "Dirty Sexy Money," "Entourage," "Hot Properties" and "The Knights of Prosperity." In the Hispanic market, past TV credits include "Fuera de Serie" and "A Que No Te Atreves," as well as her special guest appearance on 2008’s highest rated Spanish language soap opera, "Fuego en la Sangre," on Univision (No. 1 U.S. Hispanic network). Additionally she executive-produced the Spanish version of "Desperate Housewives." The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have named her one of the most talented and powerful women in Hispanic entertainment.
On stage, Vergara earned rave reviews when she debuted on Broadway’s "Chicago" as Mama Morton.
In 2001 Vergara created Peace and Hope for the Children of Colombia, a charity foundation that has helped thousands of children in her country, and she has donated a pediatric cancer pavilion in her native Barranquilla.