Emmys: Sofia Vergara is keeping her eye on Betty White
Two years and two Emmy nominations, that's not a bad track record for Sofia Vergara and her role as the Colombian wife to Ed O'Neill's Jay Pritchett on the ABC comedy "Modern Family." And now, with so many other cast nominations, she's delighted to see the love being spread around. "On this show, we don’t exist alone," she says.
It’s a pretty big day for the "Modern Family" crew. Where were you when you got word of your nomination?
I was sleeping! I am still like dead from my trip to Italy and doing promotion for "Smurfs." I was enjoying my sleep but this is better than coffee.
And your hubby on the show, Ed O’Neill, finally got his nomination.
I’m so happy because even though he didn’t care last year [about not receiving a nod], we all did. We wanted him to be part of the group. Last year we had such a great time. I think this will be even better now with Ed nominated.
How do you plan to celebrate?
Well, I’m working -- I’m shooting my K-Mart commercial. I guess the big celebration will have to wait till the Emmys. It’s work, work, work right now.
Is it odd being up against one of your costars?
It’s great. If Julie [Bowen] wins, it’s as if I won. On this show, we don’t exist alone. We need each other for the characters to come to life. I’ll be happy either way.
You were nominated last year. Did you feel pressure going into last season because all eyes were suddenly on you?
It’s great because it made me work harder. When you know people are watching you, you want to always do your best -- to prove that you were worthy of the nomination. It just brings good energy.
Who would you say is your biggest competition on Emmy night?
Hmm. I don’t know. Betty White is on the list, that can’t be good for anyone.
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Sofia Vergara, right, with "Modern Family" costars, Ed O'Neill, left, and Rico Rodriguez. Credit: Adam Larkey / ABC