updated 01/27/2013 AT 9:00 PM ET
•originally published 01/27/2013 AT 9:20 PM ET
The Modern Family actress was among a handful of actors who kicked off Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards with personal stories about how they got started in the business. Vergara, 40, joked about her famous figure.
“I grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia, in a very traditional Catholic home,” she said. “My father told me that if I ever did anything artistic, I was going to look like a hooker. I told him, ‘With these huge boobs that I inherited from your mother, I already look like a hooker!’ ”
30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski had a little fun with Hollywood’s reputation for having no use for aging women. At 12 years old, she said, she played Chevy Chase’s niece in National Lampoon’s Vacation. Krakowski, 44, added: “Today, I would be cast as his wife. In two years, I will play his mother.”