Sofia Vergara Reveals Why She Kept Her Accent & Dishes On Fragrance

Posted Monday March 17, 2014 5:21 PM GMT

She just launched her self-titled fragrance earlier this month, and now Sofia Vergara is ready to share exciting details about her fabulous career.

During her recent interview with Women's Wear Daily, the "Modern Family" star opened up about transitioning into acting in the U.S. and revealed why her Colombian culture is so important to her.

“I usually don’t like getting into things where I don’t have a say," Miss Vergara explained. "I just don’t want to give them my name and say, ‘Do whatever you want.’ I am trying to create my brand. I’ve been able to do many other projects. I have a clothing line, the makeup, the hair, the furniture, and this was something that really rounds out my brand."

Also discussing her Colombian heritage, the 41-year-old actress stated, "I have orchids and roses because those are my favorite flowers, and they’re Colombian. I wanted to bring a little bit of who I am, my ethnicity, where I’m from, and I thought it was very cool to be able to get flowers from Colombia actually into the perfume."

In regards to her first experience in Hollywood, Sofia said, “When I started acting I thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to move to Hollywood, I’m going to take the best speech class.’ I didn’t understand how Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek had not fixed their accent. When I would go to auditions I would get super self-conscious of what I was saying, and I couldn’t concentrate on the acting. I was just concentrating on the pronunciations."

"One day I said, ‘This accent is never going to change… I’m going to keep trying the way I am and, if it doesn’t work, I’ll go back to the Latin market," she added.

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