Joe Manganiello Says Sofia Vergara Refuses to Make a Movie Together Like Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez’s 2003 Flop Gigli

Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara
Joe Manganiello revealed that fiancee Sofia Vergara would never want to make a movie together like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's 2003 flop Gigli Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Because the Bennifer 1.0 years are hard to forget! 

Sofia Vergara is everything to Joe Manganiello. She's his fiancee, confidant, best friend, and soon-to-be wife. But one thing she isn't — and never will be! — is his costar. The Magic Mike XXL actor revealed that the gorgeous actress recently shut down any chance of the lovebirds appearing on-screen together when he approached her with a baseball script. But why, you ask? Because the Modern Family star would hate to make a movie like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez's 2003 flop Gigli!

"I gave her the script and was like, 'Please read this. It's such a good part for you and it’s amazing for me,'" Manganiello, 38, recalled to Haute Living magazine. "And she said, ‘No, I’m not going to make Gigli,’ and kind of threw it on the ground."

He agreed soon after, and added: "We get along so well together; I’m so lucky to have found that right person for me, and I know she feels the same way. We’re really good with each other. Why risk f—ing that up?"

Affleck, 42, and Lopez, 45, the original Bennifer before the actor married Jennifer Garner, starred in the cringeworthy comedy romance before calling off their engagement a year later. It was a blockbuster bomb that has haunted the pair ever since. So much so that Affleck told GQ magazine in November 2012 that he's still bothered by the disaster. (The Argo star has also worked with estranged wife Garner. The pair — who share daughters Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and son Samuel, 3 — confirmed to Us Weekly on June 30 that they are divorcing after 10 years of marriage.)

The True Blood alum and Vergara, meanwhile, are in the midst of planning their wedding. Manganiello noted that they have a date, but are keeping details close to the vest. "On a personal level, I can’t wait to get married and start a family. It’s something that we talked about very early on," he told the mag. "I think Sofia and I are similar in our beliefs and core values, which makes [our relationship] work."

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez in Gigli
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The hunky star popped the question during a Hawaiian getaway, but opted to propose inside Kauai's St. Regis resort instead of dealing with pesky paparazzi outside. "We had this big bay window [that I opened up], and the sun was going down pink over the mountains and over the bay, and I had this ring. I had looked at every ring in the world, and this is the ring that I wanted," he said. "I had a whole speech prepared in Spanish. I proposed to her on one knee in Spanish with the sun going down. It was awesome."

What's more awesome is that Vergara actually gave in to Manganiello's advances in the first place. "Our first date was her giving me every reason why it would never work out. Like, ‘You’re too young, you’re an actor, you’re this, you’re that,’ and she was just doing it to hear herself say it. She was trying to talk herself out of going there," he explained.

"She had just gotten out of a relationship [with Nick Loeb] and I knew that she wanted to be single, but we knew right away, and she knew she was screwed," he continued. "I said to her, ‘If you need to be single, go do it and do it now if that’s what you need to do,’ and she didn’t. She tried to stay away from actors and I tried to stay away from actresses as much as possible, because of the fear of being away from each other. What happened then was that we wound up in relationships with people who didn’t understand us."

And with that, goodbye to any dream of a Gigli sequel!

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