She shot to fame playing the hot-blooded Colombian wife of Ed O'Neill on ABC's hit Modern Family and just received the SAG Award along with the rest of the show's cast for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
1. Was discovered as a teen in her hometown in Colombia when someone casting a Pepsi commercial spotted her in a bikini walking on a beach.
2. Before her acting took off, she attended school to become a dentist.
3.Says her regular food splurge is cake -- all kinds of it. "I love it," she told Shape magazine. "Vanilla cake, angel food cake, chocolate cake. For me and my son, buying cake at the grocery store is like buying milk. We always have it in the house."
4. At one point considered getting breast-reduction surgery, but says her mother talked her out of it, saying: "God is going to punish you if you cut them."
5. Made a full recovery from thyroid cancer after a diagnosis in 2000.