Sofia Vergara talks Golden Globes, butchering names and comedy acting (Video)
Sofia Vergara earned chuckles from actor Woody Harrelson and journalists after she mispronounced the names of several 2012 Golden Globe nominees during a televised live announcement, but the Colombian "Modern Family" actress is able to laugh it off.
In fact, the 39-year-old, who earned her second Golden Globe nod, says she chose comedy acting because she "never wanted to be taken seriously."
Vergara, who plays Ed O'Neil's bombshell, younger wife Gloria on the ABC sitcom, made her comments to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, moments after she, Harrelson Rashida Jones, Gerard Butler and Harrelson announced the nominations for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards (see full list) just after 5 a.m. on Thursday, December 15.
On "Modern Family," the actress' character is often teased about her thick accent. During the Golden Globes announcement, the actress butchered the names of Golden Globe nominees such as Martin Scorsese, who received a Best Director and Best Drama film nod for "Hugo."
"Oh my god!" Vergara told OnTheRedCarpet.com special correspondent George Pennacchio of KABC Television, the website's parent company, laughing. "You know what, I think that's why they invited me to do this reading of the nominations, of the names, because they know I'm going to mess it and they want to laugh at me."
"I never really wanted to be taken seriously," the actress said. "That's why I do comedy. It's been a great ride. I can't complain. Acting is very new for me. I decided to be an actress just recently and I can't complain."
Vergara moved to the United States in the 1990s after suffering a personal tragedy - her brother Rafael, one of her five siblings, was killed in a botched kidnapping in their native Colombia. She previously worked as a model and also acted in Spanish soap operas and on the show "Dirty Sexy Money" before she was cast in "Modern Family."
The actress told Fox News in July that she loves being a sex symbol.
"'Modern Family' has been the best thing that has ever happened to me, professionally," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I've had the career that I never, ever, even dreamed about, even though it was hard because of my accent and because of the way I look. I really, really have to be thankful."
Last year, the actress was nominated for a Golden Globe for the first time, for her role on "Modern Family." Vergara has received two Emmy nods for her part, while the show has won two Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series.
"Modern Family" received a total of three Golden Globe nominations, including nods for Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical as well as an individual one for Vergara's co-star Eric Stonestreet, who plays her stepson's life partner, Cameron. He was nominated for a Golden Globe last year as well and won an Emmy for his role in 2010. Co-stars Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell also took home Emmys last year.
"We're so lucky because we all like each other, we all love each other and we know how important all of us are for the show," Vergara said. "It's a whole family. So either if I get nominated or Julie or Ty, it's like we all did. It's like we're all riding on the same train."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).