Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
Currently Known For:
Actress, Comedienne, Model, Television Host and Producer
“Ay, of course, because I'm Latina I have to know everything about gardening and sprinklers!” Best known in primetime as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on ABC’s Modern Family, Sofia Vergara is actually a jack of all trades when it comes to the entertainment industry as a talented model, television host, comedienne and producer. However, long before she was ever a household name in Hollywood or secured her spot on Forbes’ list of the most powerful women in the world with a net worth of $100 million, she was just another Hispanic beauty growing up in Barranquilla, Colombia.
With her father working as a cattle rancher and her mother a homemaker, Vergara’s childhood was far from extravagant as she grew up alongside her four siblings and many cousins. By the age of 17, however, she managed to set herself apart when she was discovered walking on a local beach by a Colombian photographer who couldn’t help but capture her natural beauty. Shortly after, modeling and television offers started to pile up leaving the young Vergara to turn to her Catholic schoolteachers for guidance.
Ultimately making her debut in a Pepsi commercial in Latin America in the late 1980s, Vergara still wasn’t sure about her future as an actress and enrolled at the University of Columbia to study dentistry. However, in 1998, her world came crashing down when her older brother was murdered during an attempted kidnapping that left her family in ruins. Dropping out of college with only two semesters to go, Vergara left Colombia and moved to Miami, Florida with the hopes of building a better life for herself as a model.
After a few successful modeling gigs, Vergara slowly transitioned to the big screen and enrolled at the Creating Workshops School of Acting to perfect her skills. Before long, she had established herself in the industry and was starting to receive serious offers including major roles in a handful of Tyler Perry films like Madea Goes to Jail and Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. By 2009, her hard work finally paid off when she was offered her biggest role yet on ABC’s newest sitcom, Modern Family.
Thanks to the show’s immense popularity, Vergara has found a much broader audience that has not only earned her thousands of new fans but has brought in countless award nominations including four Golden Globes and four Primetime Emmys. Aside from her international fame and many accolades, the 44-year-old Colombian beauty also has Modern Family to thank for her fortune as she brings in a solid paycheck of over $150,000 for each episode. Talk about making bank!
While there’s no argument that Vergara makes an absolute killing on the hit sitcom, most of her wealth actually comes from endorsement and licensing deals with high profile brands like Pepsi, Rooms to Go, Synthroid, Kmart, Comcast, Start Farm and many others. She was also the face of Cover Girl in 2012 and appeared in numerous ads promoting everything from foundation to mascara.
Setting herself up financially for the rest of her life by diversifying her income, Vergara proves that the rich only get richer after bringing in nearly $30 million last year alone. So, what does she do with her hard-earned dough? The actress recently purchased a stunning 11,400 square-foot villa in the heart of Beverly Hills for $10.6 million. Boasting seven bedrooms and nearly a dozen bathrooms, the 90210 estate is packed with luxurious amenities including a chef’s kitchen, multiple balconies and fireplaces, a gym, sauna, private movie theater and a 3,000-bottle wine cellar. Outside, there’s plenty of room for entertaining with exquisite gardens skirting a beautiful pool and spa.
Spending a hefty penny on her Beverly Hills abode, Vergara spent far less on her car collection with a pair of Range Rovers—one black and one white—and a black Bentley that she occasionally uses to run errands. Outside of that, the Modern Family star is actually quite frugal and, according to sources close to the actress, keeps a very tight budget while hustling for the best deals. Of course, considering she grew up incredibly poor in a large family, her views of money haven’t changed much even though an insider revealed that her penny-pinching is causing problems at home with her husband, True Blood star Joe Manganiello.
Proving that for every penny saved, she can donate twice as much and still make a difference in the world, Vergara might like to shop around for the best deals but that doesn’t mean she’s greedy with her fortune. As the highest paid actress in television today, she’s also a compassionate philanthropist whose childhood in Colombia has inspired her to give back to dozens of charitable organizations and causes like Stand Up to Cancer, the American Foundation for Equal Rights, Cure Duchenne, Alzheimer’s Association and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that are all thrilled to have Vergara in their corner.