Sofia Vergara

The Modern Family star, 38, opens up about plastic surgery, surviving cancer, and being a single mom to a -- gasp! -- 19-year-old.
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My real-life modern family...

Consists of me and my son, Manolo, but he just went away to school. I was preparing to be alone for the first time, but a week before my son left, my boyfriend [entrepreneur Nick Loeb] was in a car crash and moved into my house to recuperate [Loeb had a broken leg and fractured pelvis]. Nick's in good spirits. He jokes and says I'm taking advantage of the situation to avoid the empty nest.

Lady I love...

Betty White. I love that she is so relevant and still taking risks at 89. I want to be her when I grow up.

If I hadn't become an actress...

I would have been a dentist. I went to dental school back home in Colombia, but I didn't finish because I started modeling. I thought dentistry was a great way to help people without getting too many emergency calls in the middle of the night. I need my sleep!

How I coped with thyroid cancer...

The most important thing was being educated. When I learned I had cancer I was scared. But I did research, asked my doctors lots of questions, and saw this type of cancer was treatable. That's how I got through it.

My favorite thing to do...

Texting. Teenagers used to be embarrassed to call their mothers to check in. Now Manolo can text me, and his friends don't know he's talking to his mom!

The English word I always mangle...

Are you crazy? There are so many! I was talking to my son and he said, "Ma, I'm so hungry, send me things I can eat late at night." I told him to go out and buy something that's "microwah...microwarble...microwarable." Oh, forget it!

How I feel about plastic surgery...

A woman should never have it to look younger. To fix little things here and there, maybe. To look a little fresher, okay. But you're always going to look your age.

Originally published in Ladies' Home Journal, February 2011.


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