A double threat of acting chops and stunning looks have made Sofia Vergara a leading lady in Hollywood. Try not to be charmed by her charisma; it’s impossible.
The Colombian-born actress and model can be serious, however: One of her public roles involves speaking out about a disease whose after effects she manages every day. In 2000, Vergara—almost a decade before landing her laugh-out-loud role as spitfire Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family”—was given a serious, real-life diagnosis: thyroid cancer. The butterfly-shaped gland at the base of her neck would have to be removed.