07/20/2011 at 04:00 PM EDT
When it comes to curves, Sofia Vergara's motto is straight to the point: If you got it, flaunt it.
The Modern Family
star, who plays foxy, feisty Colombian housewife Gloria Delgado Pritchett on the Emmy-winning series, says she isn't bothered by the extra attention she gets for owning her sex appeal
"I love it. Of course – it's great at my age," the actress, 39, who's promoting her film The Smurfs
, tells Fox News
. "I think that everything that is positive and good helps out with your career. Why not embrace it and take advantage?"
But being a sex symbol isn't easy, and Vergara says she keeps her looks on lock with a balanced beauty regimen
"Everything in moderation – not too much food, not too much exercise," she explains. "And, of course, wearing sun block, doing the things your dermatologist tells you to do – that helps with the aging process."