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

Modern Family is expanding!

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.

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  1. Jinjeon says:

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

  2. Lena120 says:

    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.

  3. Brad says:

    Anything is possible on TV and in the movies.

  4. M says:

    What?! Charo needs a better agent.

  5. 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.

    • Patricia says:

      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

  6. Lisa says:

    they should have casted Yolanthe Cabau Sneijder as her sister!

  7. jm says:

    Charo should play her Grandmother for her father side.
    Peña is so young for the role…
    And J-Lo should play the cousin…

  8. jamie says:

    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?!