Mediaplanet: How does being Latina influence your American life?

Sofia Vergara: Being Colombian is a huge part of my life and it always will be. I still follow plenty of Colombian traditions—holidays especially. And whenever my family comes to L.A. to visit, we really like to celebrate with Latin traditions like good food, dancing and just having fun.

MP: How do you stay close with your family?

S.V. I think family is the most important thing in life. My son, Manolo, just graduated college and moved back in with me, and my niece, Claudia Daniella, also lives with me. Some people may feel like that’s too many people, but I love having my family so close to me. I try to see my family as much as I can but it’s difficult when some of them live so far away. That’s why I love to use FaceTime in order to keep in touch.

“Being Colombian is a huge part of my life and it always will be.”

MP: Speaking of children, you are quite passionate about children’s charities…

S.V. There is a large Hispanic community in L.A. and I’ve been lucky to be involved in a few organizations that support children such as SAG’s literacy program and “Food For Thought” which provides breakfast in the classroom.

MP: After your battle with Thyroid cancer, you became more health conscious. What health advice do you have for Latinos?

S.V. My advice is: everything in moderation. So if you want to eat something, then eat it. Just don’t eat all of it. I think the most important thing is to listen to your body. You know it best and if you feel like something isn’t right, go get it checked out. You can never be too careful but you should also still live your life and enjoy the things that make you happy—in moderation.