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OTRC: Sofia Vergara of 'Modern Family' says she loves being a sex symbol

Sofia Vergara appears in an undated 2010 promotional photo for the ABC comedy series 'Modern Family'. (ABC / Bob D'Amico)

Sofia Vergara, who plays Ed O'Neill's bombshell Colombian wife on the ABC comedy series "Modern Family," says she loves her sex symbol status.

"I love it. Of course, it's great at my age. It's fantastic," the 39-year-old actress told FOX News. "I think that everything that is positive and good helps out with your career. Why not embrace it and take advantage?"

Vergara has been featured on the Maxim's "Hot 100" list and was named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful." Despite having a sweet tooth, the actress admitted that in order to keep her figure, she does everything in moderation.

"Everything in moderation - not too much food, not too much exercise," she explains. "And, of course, wearing sun block, doing the things your dermatologist tells you to do - that helps with the aging process."

Vergara is currently promoting the upcoming family film, "The Smurfs," where she plays French cosmetic executive Odile opposite a crew of tiny blue smurfs, "Glee" actress Jayma Mays, Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria, who plays the villain Gargamel.

"Modern Family", which began in 2009, is one of ABC's most popular shows. In 2010, it won six Emmys, including the award for "Outstanding Comedy Series". In 2011, it was nominated for another seven Emmy Awards, including a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Vergara.

"I am so honored to be nominated with this group of funny ladies. What's even more exciting is that all my cast mates and show were nominated! Amo Modern Family," the actress said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. Check out the other celebrity nomination reactions.

Watch a trailer for "The Smurfs" below.

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