Colombian actress Sofia Vergara said in an interview published Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter that it is "flattering" at age 40 for people to still consider her "sexy" and she acknowledged that her good looks have opened many doors for her in her life.

Vergara has been nominated for the third time this year for an Emmy Award for her role as Gloria in the popular comedy "Modern Family," which has made her a television star in the United States.

"I never thought I could make money and support my family by being funny," said Vergara, who in the show's fourth season will play her character as an expectant mother.

The actress confessed that there is a lot of herself and other members of her family in the character of Gloria, who never hides her Latino femininity.

Vergara denied that she was getting tired of the fact that her physical appearance was generating so much interest.

"I think that would be ungrateful if I were upset because I'm seen as attractive or sexy. That's opened so many doors for me in my life. I'm 40 years old, and I love that people still think of me as sexy and as hot. It's very flattering," she said.

Vergara admitted, however, that there is a lot of character behind her outer image.

"Things get me mad. But the thing is, I get mad, and then I turn around and I forget. When I have a new person working with me or a new boyfriend, they have to adjust in the beginning. I can scream and I get really angry, and then I'll turn around and go to the bathroom, wash my hands and then come out and go, 'OK, we're going to lunch?'" said Vergara.

One of the people who knows her best is her son Manolo Gonzalez, an aspiring director, who helped her prepare for the auditions for "Modern Family" and became frustrated with her for her lack of concentration at times.

Vergara says that she's enjoying her success and her nominations, adding that now "when I'm nominated for anything or when the show is nominated, I always rub it in his face." EFE