Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb
07/25/2011 at 07:00 AM EDT
Is Sofia Vergara ready for Capitol Hill?
Her boyfriend of more than a year – Republican environmental businessman Nick Loeb, 35 – is considering a 2012 run for the Florida U.S. Senate seat.
"I don't know if it will really happen, but I'm very excited for him," the Modern Family star
and budding fashion designer
, 39, told PEOPLE at Sunday's premiere of The Smurfs
in New York.
"If he decides to do it, I think he will be amazing. My boyfriend is very inclined to politics and that's his passion," she says.
Now eying Democratic Florida Sen. Bill Nelson's seat, Loeb previously ran for the Florida state Senate in 2009 but eventually dropped out to deal with a divorce.
If Loeb officially launches a bid for the Senate, expect to see his double Emmy-nominee girlfriend on the campaign trail, knocking on doors and waving signs for her beau.
"Of course I will help him, why not?" says Vergara. "I support him with everything. If that's what he wants to do in his life, I will be there for him."
And how will Vergara handle her duties as a politician's girlfriend?
"I would just be my funny self, but that's far away!" says the bombshell. "We don't know if it's going to happen now. Maybe in the long future."