Sofia Vergara bags Forbes' highest paid actress title for 2020
Sofia Vergara has made it to the top spot of being the highest paid female actor this year. Forbes Magazine has released this year's list of the top female actors raking in the most moolah and Vergara, known for Modern Family and her judging stint in America's Got Talent, has a whopping $43mn income, toppling many other A-listers. Let's see who else made it.
The Colombian-American actress, television producer, comedian, presenter and model maintained a decent margin from second spot-holder Angelina Jolie, who earned $35.5 mn. Then came Gal 'Wonder Woman' Gadot with $31.5 mn. Others in the list include Melissa McCarthy ($25mn), Meryl Streep ($24 mn), Emily Blunt ($22.5 mn), Nicole Kidman ($22 mn), Ellen Pompeo ($19 mn), Elisabeth Moss ($16 mn) and Viola Davis ($15.5 mn).
It's a simpleton-to-riches story for Vergara, who was a student of dentistry before her miraculous shot to fame had begun. She was discovered by a photographer at a beach in Colombia, from where she ventured into modelling and landed on Modern Family sets. The show ended in April 2020 after 11 seasons. Forbes maintained that Vergara drew an eye-dropping $500,000 paycheck per episode.
Vergara's infectious popularity as Modern Family's Gloria Delgado-Pritchett led her to rewarding celebrity endorsements and ultimately to the current plush seat of one of the judges of America's Got Talent (AGT). Being the judge of AGT for its 15th and current season, she is said to be bringing a lot of humor for a hefty package of $10 mn per season.
During her interviews, Vergara has been quite frank about how she "never thought I could act," in the first place. "It's all part of this adventure I've been lucky to be living since I hit Modern Family and was able to do all the other things...be in the entertainment business even though I never thought I could act," she told The Independent.