Sofia Vergara is famously known for her role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett on the long-running hit ABC comedy Modern Family, but most people don’t know that the 42-year-old is a mother to a son in college.
Vergara recently spoke with Time about her successful show, and the magazine asked if she was as protective a mother to her 22-year-old son, as she is in her TV role. “Yes, of course. I’m a Latin mother, so it’s like we never let go of our kids. My son is almost done with college now, and I’m already like, ‘So you’re coming back home, right?’”
The beautiful actress also spoke about her diagnosis with thyroid cancer over 14 years ago and how she told her son, who was around eight at the time. “It was scary, because I was only 28-years-old. When they tell you you have cancer, you don’t know that much about it and think you’re going to die immediately. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself. When I told him, I tried to not panic him, because it’s your kid and you don’t want him to have a horrible time dealing with it. I tried to make it as light as I could.”
The actress later had her thyroid removed. She developed hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone, and she’s been on medication ever since. She’s now a spokesperson for the Follow the Script campaign, which raises awareness about hypothyroidism.