Sofia Vergara made a whopping $30 million last year alone and she’s not shy about how she did it: pulling the sexist wool over her cohorts’ heads.
“I think that the concept of being sexy and smart is difficult for many to grasp,” Sofia told Glam Belleza Latina. “Most people are more comfortable with the notion of ‘sexy bimbo.’ And I have to admit that I’ve capitalized on that to negotiate a couple of times, when the ‘smart ones’ think I have no idea what I can deliver, and I end up costing them more.”
“I’m not ashamed to say I love making money,” Sofia continued. “I like business, and the truth is I save way more than I spend. I invest. I plan for the future. I have a special eye for opportunities and work harder than anyone might expect. It is fun to shock people with my business ideas. Most people just see me as Gloria [from "Modern Family"],” and not as the actress who negotiated endorsements with Diet Pepsi, CoverGirl and Kmart."
Sofia added that being a mom at a young age also drove her to earn more money “because I had a child to support.” Even when dealing with prejudiced casting couches, Sofia admits she had to swallow her feelings on the issue to get cast when she started in the industry.
“I wasn’t getting roles because I didn’t look, according to many casting directors and producers, ‘Latina enough,’” Sofia said. “The reality is Latinos come in all colors, heights and flavors, but who was I to preach this stuff when I needed a job? My team and I decided to darken my hair to make it more in tune with my accent, and it worked.”