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Sofia Vergara hangs out with 'Smurfs' during TV break

Neil Patrick Harris and Sofía Vergara are seen in 'The Smurfs.' (Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.)

July 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
While actress Sofia Vergara waits to return to work on the ABC series "Modern Family," she's hanging out with a bunch of little blue people and promoting "The Smurfs."

In "The Smurfs," Vergara plays Odile, a successful cosmetics executive who is trying to develop a youth-enhancing potion.

"It was very different from Gloria, the character Odile. I mean, they're both strong ... strong personalities, but she would do things that Gloria would never do," Vergara said.

Vergara said while it was tempting to take an actual vacation while on a break from her "day job," she's learned it's best to strike while the iron is hot.

"You never know with the entertainment business. I think you have to take advantage of your 15 minutes of fame and be able to take advantage of all the opportunities," she said.