“I was watching this home video from when I was twenty years old. And my son says, ‘Listen to you!’ ” (Sofia pronounces this “Lee-sohn to you.”) “He says, ‘Your English is perfect. I mean, a little accent but not this insanity.’ He told me, ‘You’re the only person who has lived fifteen years in a country and the accent gets worse.’ ”
I’m hearing Sofia’s accent live and in person at a café in downtown New York. She greeted me here with a double-cheek kiss (we’d never met), wearing a black shirt, one shoulder revealed. She’s drinking coffee — Colombian, of course. She was born thirty-eight years ago in the coastal city of Barranquilla.
Sofia is on hiatus from ABC’s Modern Family, the best sitcom to debut last year. She plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, a Latina mom in tight tops and altitudinous heels who unleashes tirades on her son’s soccer coach and who is married to a rich guy twice her age. And who is, by the way, totally lovable.