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'Modern Family' Star Sofia Vergara Opens Up About Family Tragedies, Overcoming Thyroid Cancer, & Starting A Family Of Her Own

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Sofia Vergara covers 'Parade' magazine.

Sofia Vergara, who stars as the sassy, beautiful trophy wife of Ed O’Neill’s character on ABC’s Emmy-nominated comedy Modern Family, opens up in this Sunday’s (July 24) issue of Parade magazine about family tragedies, overcoming thyroid cancer, and possibly starting her own “modern family” with beau Nick Loeb.

Here are highlights from the interview:

After her older brother was murdered, Vergara’s younger brother turned to drugs and alcohol in college.
“He wasn’t ready. He started with alcohol there, then pot, on to cocaine, to crack. Now he’s like another person. To see somebody dying over 10 years, little by little, that’s the worst punishment.”

On dealing with a thyroid cancer diagnosis in 2000:
“I’ve never done drugs or smoked. And I don’t eat red meat. I felt totally healthy, and suddenly they tell me I have cancer? I was scared. I immediately thought of my child [son Manolo, 19].”

On finding love with businessman Nick Loeb:
“We have a very happy relationship. Last year we rented a place for six months in New York. It was the first time that I lived with somebody since I got divorced.”

On starting a modern family of their own…?
“Nick wants babies. Imagine me, again with a baby, when Manolo is 20! I guess eventually I’ll do it—for love.”

Check out a slideshow of Vergara in the new issue of Parade magazine.

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