Sofia Vergara isn’t a beginner when it comes to parenting.
The actress became a mother at the age of 19 when she gave birth to their son Manolo with her then-husband Joe Gonzalez. Over the years, she has opened up in interviews about being a young mother, her relationship with Manolo, and more.
For her birthday we have put together seven quotes about the motherhood of Vergara.
How parenting changed you
“It’s a big responsibility; You can’t go out much at night. Instead of buying a pair of shoes, you have to buy diapers. When you have a child you have to be more mature. “
On her son
“Every time people compliment me on my son Manolo, it’s very rewarding. I was very young when I divorced his father so I raised him to be the best example and to give him the best I could. When people compliment him on how well brought up, how charming, funny and well-behaved he is, it is worth making all the sacrifices. “
About being a young parent
“When I had Manolo, I was 19 and had the energy for everything. My friend wants to have kids now, and I don’t even want to think about them. I would have to get used to this way of thinking again, getting up early. And Latin American people are so family attached that you can’t really say, ‘Oh, it’s college time – go’. ‘ I think it’s great to have a young child. My friends all panic now when they haven’t found someone to have children with. It was never like that for me because I already had the child! “
About their divorce
“I think divorce is sometimes a smarter decision. I think it’s much worse for a child to see parents hating each other. “
From waiting for the date until her son went to college
“Partly because I hadn’t found the right person and I knew moving in with someone would have a psychological effect on my son. I would not bring a man into my son’s house. I think that’s why I always wanted long-distance relationships, with men in other countries. “
About her son’s teasing
“He humiliates me! He doesn’t understand how my accent can get worse and worse. He says, “This is not normal. Nobody does that. ‘ So when I was nominated for an Emmy [in 2010] I called him and said, ‘Right in the face! Even with my accent! ‘”
About being a famous mother
“It’s fantastic because I’m almost 40 years old and they still put me on that list of beautiful women! How can I even be put on a list of girls who are 15 years younger than me? People are crazy. My son Manolo laughs about it too. … to him I am an ordinary mother who walks [whines] “Manolo, I’m cold, turn down the air conditioning, I’m exhausted, I can’t get out, let’s rest.” I’m an old woman to him. It’s hilarious! “