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Were you nervous about playing the lead in such a big movie? A lot of elements were terrifying. There’s no off switch for celebrity, and I really like my anonymity. This film could change that.

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dedicated to all the parents out there who, like me, can revel in the ‘happy chaos’ of our lives—when we accept all the mistakes, messes, tears, and skinned knees,” she says. “I like to call it the parenting manual your best friend would give you.” She’s been active online as well: As Target’s Mommy Ambassador, Frye uses social media to connect with other moms. She also hosts a daily series on HerSay.com. “It’s a one-stop shop for all things buzzing around the Web,” she explains.

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I’m fearless,” Sofia Vergara says. “I don’t complain. Even when horrible things happen to me, I go on.” Vergara has experienced more than her share of adversity in her 39 years, and she’s faced it with remarkable gumption and humor. Some of her strength of character and positive attitude can be seen in her Emmy-nominated performance as Gloria, the sassy, sexy trophy wife of Ed O’Neill’s character on ABC’s hit comedy Modern Family. “People think of me as Gloria,” she says. “I so much enjoy playing her. This is the role of my life.” The part has made Vergara a star, nine years after her American movie debut in Big Trouble with Tim Allen. Her new film, the 3-D comedy The Smurfs, opens this week. Sitting elegantly on a black leather slipper chair in a Manhattan hotel, Vergara is movie-star gorgeous. Her famous curves are clothed in a black V-neck pullover and black leggings, and her long brown hair softly frames her face. She is flirtatious, playful, and self-aware. “You don’t expect beautiful women to be funny, yes?” She winks. “That’s something they always tell me. I guess it’s a very good comVisit us at PARADE.COM

pliment. You know, I was the class clown in Catholic school, but I never thought I would make a living out of it!” Vergara’s story begins in Barranquilla, Colombia, where she and her three siblings were raised in a middle-class home. Her father was a cattle farm owner; her mother, a homemaker. “My parents were together on and off until they divorced in 1993,” she says. “Fighting, leaving, coming back. Such craziness is worse than divorce. People shouldn’t stay married because of the kids. That’s torture for everyone.” Vergara says she was “very skinny” as a little girl. “My nickname was Palillo—toothpick. Then I started getting more voluptuous.” When she was 17, she was discovered while on a Colombian beach with her family. “They said, ‘Oh, let’s take a picture of you. We’re looking for somebody for a Pepsi commercial,’ ” she recalls. “I was like, ‘No, the nuns would kill me.’ I was in my senior year. And my mother said, ‘Yeah! Take the picture!’ ” The commercial made her famous throughout Latin America. (Now, with the ads she’s doing in the U.S. for Diet Pepsi, things have come full circle. “I charge them a lot, not like the first time!” she says, laughing.) July 24, 2011 • 9

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At 18, Vergara wed José González, “my high school sweetheart, the only one,” she says. “We married and had a son, Manolo.” She also studied dentistry in Bogotá. “What I was really interested in was medical school, but my husband and everyone said, ‘You’re a woman trying to have a family. You can’t be a doctor on call.’ The next best thing was dental school.” The young couple grew apart, divorcing amicably after two years. “We’re still close friends,” Vergara says. “When José comes to the United States, he stays with me.” In 1994, Vergara moved with Manolo to FAMILY MATTERS: Miami, where she hosted travel and game shows Above, Vergara with her 19-year-old for Univision television. Then disaster struck. son, Manolo (center), “My older brother, Rafael, was killed in Colomand her boyfriend, Nick Loeb; right, bia,” she says—shot during an attempted kidnapwith Ed O’Neill on ping in 1998. “A nightmare.” After Rafael’s murModern Family. “Now the writers even put der, Vergara brought most of her family—her in my mispronunciamother; her sister, Veronica; and her younger tions,” she says. brother, Julio—to live with her in Miami. Her immediately thought of my child.” She had radiofather stayed in Colombia (he died last December active iodine treatment and surgery. “They made of complications following a brain aneurysm). a big cut here,” she says, pointing to a scar on her “Mother was like a zombie,” she says. “I wanted to neck. “Thank God, I’m in remission.” be with them. So I got a big house and we all lived Undaunted, the actress made her Hollywood together. I am so grateful to be in this country.” breakthrough in 2002, appearing in an episode of But the family heartache wasn’t over. “After Rafael died, Julio had a rough time,” Vergara says. ABC’s My Wife & Kids and the movie Big Trouble; her role as a spitfire cocktail waitress in 2003’s “They were very close.” Julio went off to college Chasing Papi brought her further attention. To her in Michigan, but “he wasn’t ready. He started surprise, she was asked to dye her hair dark. “I’m with alcohol there, then pot, on to cocaine, to a natural blonde, like my siblings,” she says. crack.” She pauses, her voice breaking. “Now he’s “When I started auditioning for American acting like another person. To see somebody dying over roles, they didn’t know where to put me. A blond 10 years, little by little, that’s the worst punishLatina? In L.A. they’re used to Latin women ment.” Julio is now 34, and Vergara says she’s looking more Mexican. But if you go to Uruguay, moving him back to Colombia to get care. Argentina, Colombia, everybody is blond.” “With so many bad things happening, it creates Vergara signed a long-term contract with ABC a tough skin,” she adds quietly. “You just have to and moved to L.A. in 2005. She take a deep breath and keep on was cast in three successive sitgoing—if not for yourself, then coms; the first two failed, but the for everybody you love.” I FELT Vergara’s resolve was further TOTALLY HEALTHY, third, Modern Family, was a critical and popular hit almost as soon as tested in 2000, when she was AND SUDDENLY diagnosed with thyroid cancer. THEY TELL ME I HAVE it debuted in 2009. “I still cannot believe it,” she says. “What is so “I’ve never done drugs or CANCER? I IMMEDIsmoked. And I don’t eat red ATELY THOUGHT OF fantastic about the show is everybody in the family can watch it.” meat,” she says. “I felt totally MY CHILD. As for her own family, Manolo healthy, and suddenly they tell will be going to college in the fall, me I have cancer? I was scared. I 10 • July 24, 2011

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and Vergara has her first live-in boyfriend since splitting from her husband in 1993. Although she’s been romantically linked over the years with the likes of Enrique Iglesias, Tom Cruise, and Mark Wahlberg, she never remarried. “I never wanted my son confused,” she says. “It’s okay for your kid to see you together on vacations, or going out for lunch or dinner, but that’s not the same as seeing him staying overnight in your room.” Her new love is Nick Loeb, 35, a businessman and Florida politician who is contemplating running for the Senate next year. The couple met at a party in January 2010; Loeb was separated from his wife (and divorced by the end of the year). “Nick is energetic, hardworking, athletic, fun, and so handsome and tall!” Vergara boasts of her beau. “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.” She also nursed Loeb after an August 2010 car crash landed him in intensive care with a pelvic fracture and a broken leg. “He was in L.A. visiting me,” she recalls. “I felt so bad. I took him into my house and took care of him.” Now they’re looking to buy a home in Greenwich Village. “New York is my favorite city in the world,” she says. Vergara is also excited about a deal with Kmart to create and market her own line of products for their stores. “I’m designing and picking everything: clothes, shoes, bags. I’m trying to bring affordable quality to people. We launch in September.” And there may be other changes on the horizon: “Nick wants babies,” she confides. “Imagine me, again with a baby, when Manolo is 20! I guess eventually I’ll do it—for love.” Do the good times now make up for the bad? “I try not to think about the bad times,” she says. “Bad things happen—killings, sickness, heartache. I’ll never find the answer why, but there must be a reason, because I know God is good.” Then she smiles, a perfect wordless expression of her unyielding optimism. “Why lie in your bed getting depressed?” she asks. “Instead, use your energy to move forward. Love and rebuild life!”

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Stick a Fork in It—It’s Well Done! Food Network star Jamie Deen explains why his mom, Paula, always overcooked her chops

My M brother, Bobby, and I were so fortunate gro growing up. We’ve faced a lot of challenges in our lives, but being hungry was never one of them. On any given night, Mom [Paula D Deen] would prepare these tremendous traditional Southern meals for us. One of my favorites was fried pork chops. She fried a lot of chops because they were aff affordable and pretty easy to prepare. It’s

interesting, though: My mom was always so worried about trichinosis and her “babies.” I think I’d already learned the word “trichinosis” by age 6—and Mom would overcook our pork as a precaution against it. These days, I try not to make a lot of fried food. So this recipe is like the pork chops I grew up loving, but cooked on the grill. Either way, I still like mine completely done!

Balsamic Cherry Pork Chops 2 Tbsp (plus 2 tsp) olive oil ¼ cup onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 3 cups frozen cherries, chopped ¼ cup chicken stock 3 Tbsp cold butter, cut into cubes ½ tsp salt, plus extra to taste ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus extra to taste 4 (6-oz) bone-in pork chops

1. Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar; cook for 30 seconds. Add cherries and stock. Cook over high until liquid is thick and slightly syrupy, 5 to 7 minutes. Whisk in butter, ½ tsp salt, and ½ tsp pepper. Transfer half of glaze to a separate bowl. 2. Coat chops with remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Brush chops with cherry glaze. 3. Preheat grill to high and oil the grate. Grill chops 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. 4. Let chops sit for 5 minutes. Top with remaining cherry glaze.

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By Connie Schultz

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Me and My Candid Camera

Click! I am the unofficial paparazza of my family, whether they like it or not.

bursts through the door, scoops up our pug, and sits down at the kitchen table. Gracie raises her smushed face and locks eyes with Cait. They are old friends, these two. Gracie’s curly tail quivers as Cait softly scratches her graying head. Click. “Mom.” Click, click. “Mom.” Click, click, click. “Okay, Mom,” Cait says, sighing. “Enough pictures.” She sounds annoyed, but she’s laughing, too. If there is one thing Cait’s used to, it’s her camera-totin’ mama hovering like the paparazzi around the pope. Most families have someone like me. We’re the amateur photographers documenting the lives of friends, family, and unsuspecting strangers lurking in the background. We leap and lunge to capture every move, every expression. We’re underappreciated. Scorned, even. Fine. We are artists. All we ask is that you stop flapping your hands in front of your face when we focus on you. It’s a camera, not a shark attack. My dad was our family photographer. He loved to line up his four kids by age wherever he found us, from the stairs in our center hallway to the Linesville spillway in Pennsylvania—“Where the Ducks

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Walk on the Fish.” (He took a lot of pictures of the ducks, too.) Dad was all about focus. He’d tell us to stand still, and then he’d yell, “Everybody! Hold your breath!” We’d suck in air and freeze. In thousands of photos, we look like a family of welterweight wrestlers. Dad started teaching me how to use his Kodak Instamatic when I was about 6. Almost immediately, he ordered me to stop taking photos of everyone’s rear end. He also issued a lifetime ban on snapping him asleep in the Barcalounger. Over time, photography became our shared hobby. Whenever he upgraded his camera, he’d give me the old one. He almost always picked up the tab for developing pictures, too. Rarely would Dad pose for a shot. “I already know what I look like,” he’d say. Every once in a while, though, he’d pull Mom in close and ask me to take a picture with his camera. Parents have special smiles for their children. My mom and dad never looked more serene than when they were looking into the lens of their daughter’s camera. Occasionally, someone wags a finger at me and says, “You should put down your camera and live in the moment.” Please. Life is sweeping up family and friends in one big swirl of milestones and minutiae. Oh, the joy. The

THROUGH THE LENS OF LOVE:

Top, my mother, Janey Schultz, in fall 1978. Middle, Cait and sweet Gracie last month. Bottom, Andy in 1985— more Santa or Zeus? You decide.

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laughter. The meaningfulness of it all. They’re as free as seagulls, because they never have to worry about forgetting these precious times. For that, they have me. If I were any more “in the moment,” I’d be the second hand on our singing-bird clock. Like all family albums, mine are full of small, perfect moments. A 30-year chronicle of Mom’s beehives and bouffants. A curious child’s pinch to a grandmother’s bosom. A bearded boy’s steady gaze as he stands tall in a toga, poised to rule the world. I made that toga for my son, Andy, in 1985, after he was cast as Zeus in a school play. We framed his 10-year-old face with six bags of fluffy pillow stuffing and wrapped him so tight in a bed sheet that he had to walk like a penguin. “Look at you,” I said, kissing his nose before taking the photo. “You’re Zeus, king of the gods.” Or not. During the play, I heard a father whisper to his wife, “Oh, look, it’s Santa fresh from the sauna.” I examine the evidence framed on my desk. Zeus, I say to myself. He was definitely Zeus.

PHOTOS: COURTESY OF CONNIE SCHULTZ

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