Julie Bowen: Sofia Vergara Is a 'Sexy Barbie'

"You don't wanna stand next to her in the same color," the "Modern Family" actress says of her co-star

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Julie Bowen confirmed our suspicions: it’s not easy sharing the red carpet with Sofia Vergara.

To avoid any guest appearances in our Fashion Faceoff gallery, Bowen revealed that the Modern Family actresses have already discussed their Emmy dresses. “I always ask Sofia what color, because you don’t wanna stand next to her in the same color,” Bowen told PEOPLE at the Audi and Derek Lam Pre-Emmy party in Los Angeles on Sunday. “It’s kind of like the incredible, sexy Barbie version and then you feel like a 12-year-old boy — no matter how good you look.”

But Bowen added that as smokin’ hot as Vergara might be, she’s equally sweet. “She’s gracious and lovely every year about what she’s wearing.”

While some stars are keeping mum on the designers behind their dresses, Bowen admitted her Emmy gown is a Monique Lhuillier creation — and even hinted at its hue. “I’ve been guilty of my sort of Protestant, low-key roots … I go very dark in colors. Olive green being my most exciting shade,” she explained. “So I wanted color. And I think I delivered.”

Something else we can assume about her red carpet ensemble? It’s going to be rather covered up. “I do have to say if it’s really hot, I’m going to be weeping deeply,” she joked. “I will be dripping sweat.”

So to recap: Bowen’s dress is by Monique Lhuillier, it’s a color she’s never worn before and it’s probably not strapless. We can’t wait to see the final creation on Sunday. Tell us: Who are you more excited to see on the red carpet: Julie or Sofia?

–Jennifer Cress, reporting by Scott Huver


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