The Modern Family star, 42, started dating Manganiello, 38, shortly after she split from Nick Loeb, her fiancé at the time. It turned out that the Magic Mike hunk was looking for the opportune moment to swoop in.
“The day that I sent the press release [announcing the breakup], Joe immediately contacted Jesse Tyler Ferguson,” Vergara recalled. “[He was] like, ‘Please, please, please tell her I want her number.’ And I’m like, ‘Jesse, no, he’s too handsome.'”
Vergara, who poses topless inside the issue, caved after her Modern Family costar pleaded with her to consider the True Blood actor.
“Then, after two days of Jesse trying to convince me, I’m like, ‘Okay, give him my number,'” she said. “I’m thinking, I’m in New Orleans shooting, and he’s in L.A. Nothing’s going to happen. But we started talking a lot, and then he showed up in New Orleans. Since then we’ve been inseparable.”
Indeed, the Colombian beauty and Manganiello have been attached at the hip ever since Us Weekly broke the news last July that they were a hot new item. “Sofia is Joe’s dream girl!” a source told Us at the time. “He’s been smitten with her for years.”
Manganiello popped the question in Hawaii this past Christmas (with a massive engagement ring) after a mere six months of dating. “He wanted to do it in front of her family,” a source told Us at the time.
As for whether there’s anything Vergara would change about her hunky beau? “There’s nothing about him I’d change other than the fact that he’s four years younger than me,” she gushed to Vanity Fair.
The May 2015 issue of the mag will hit newsstands nationally on April 14.
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