Modern Family Casting Scoop: Look Who's Playing Gloria's Mother!

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Elizabeth Peña (La Bamba, Rush Hour) has been tapped to play Pilar, mother to Sofia Vergara’s Gloria, TVLine has learned.

Additionally, Stephanie Beatriz has been cast as Sofia, Gloria’s sister.

They will both appear in this season’s 12th episode, “Fulgencio,” which begins shooting on Monday.

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The pair are likely around for a visit related to Gloria’s pregnancy — maybe a baby shower? Perhaps the blessed event itself?

In addition to several films, Peña’s TV credits include Off the MapBoston Public and the ’80s sitcom I Married Dora.

Newcomer Beatriz has appeared in The Closer and has a role in ABC’s The Smart One pilot.



Comments (11)

  • I guess she gave birth to Gloria when she was 11 years old… Those Colombians!

    Comment by Jinjeon – November 2, 2012 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They are ALWAYS getting Elizabeth Pena to play mother to actors who are way too old to be her kids, i.e. John Leguizamo in Nothing Like the Holidays.

    Comment by Lena120 – November 2, 2012 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Anything is possible on TV and in the movies.

    Comment by Brad – November 2, 2012 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What?! Charo needs a better agent.

    Comment by M – November 2, 2012 02:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ABC are usually pretty good at casting – I mean there’s some reseblence between the actors (like the young Snow and the regular Snow in OUAT), but thist time I don’t see it. Just went on stereotypes – latin women.

    Comment by Lubomir Raykov – November 2, 2012 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Omg young snow scares me I know it’s wrong but that little girl looks really mean I think they did a terrible job on young snow

      Comment by Patricia – November 2, 2012 03:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • they should have casted Yolanthe Cabau Sneijder as her sister!

    Comment by Lisa – November 2, 2012 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • or what’s her name… sneijder cabau.

      Comment by Lisa – November 2, 2012 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • THIS. But I don’t know of she could pull of the accent though. Though she probably could.

      Comment by Cottage101 – November 3, 2012 07:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Charo should play her Grandmother for her father side.
    Peña is so young for the role…
    And J-Lo should play the cousin…

    Comment by jm – November 2, 2012 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Its called comedy people. They had to cast Latinas with the chops to act alongside vergara. My question is when are they going to have the family visit Colombia so manny can see his roots. Can you imagine what Jay would do when he meets Gloria’s babysitter/goat?!

    Comment by jamie – November 9, 2012 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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