- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Sofia Vergara loves the concept of the new Emilio Estefan song “We’re All Mexican” because she says it celebrates Latin solidarity.

Estefan, a Cuban-American, wrote the song in response to anti-Mexican and anti-Latino sentiment he believes is becoming more prevalent. The video features Latino celebrities, including Carlos Santana, Eva Longoria and Pitbull.

In an interview Wednesday, Vergara said it’s important to raise awareness regarding the accomplishments of Latinos in America.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s beautiful to unite with people and to fight for a cause and represent a cause,” the Colombian star said of the song. “It’s a fun thing to do to come together and help other people.”

The “Modern Family” actress noted how things have improved for Latino actors since she first got in the business.

“Twenty years ago I started in Univision, and things have changed a lot. It’s easier now to make a crossover. There are so many more opportunities; there are so many more scripts that have been written for Latin people. There’s definitely doors opening every day,” she said. “We hope that there’s more material written for Latin people, but I think we shouldn’t complain. Things are getting better.”

She made the comments during an interview to promote the Ninja Coffee Bar, a coffeemaker for which she’s a pitchwoman.

“I think I’m a natural because I grew up drinking coffee in Colombia. It’s something that is part of my life, part of who we are. I always say to everyone that my only problem with Americans is the way they like their coffee,” she laughed. “It’s a little bit too bland for me.”

As for her upcoming nuptials to fellow actor Joe Manganiello, she gave a ballpark date for the big day.

“I’m getting married at the end of the year during the winter. I’m very excited.”





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