AFP
LOS ANGELES
US-Colombian star Sofia Vergara is going to lend her voice to a character on long-running hit series “The Simpsons”, Entertainment Weekly reported.
Vergara will play the role of Professor Barrera in an episode during the upcoming 27th season of the animated comedy show, according to the magazine. Barrera will be a love interest of main character Bart Simpson, and his teacher Principal Skinner. Vergara, star of hit-series “Modern Family”, is the highest paid actress on US television. “The Simpsons” has been running since 1989. Mrs. Berrera winds up in the middle of a romantic rivalry, as she has also drawn the attention of Principal Skinner. “We thought it’d be interesting if both Bart and Skinner have a crush on the same woman,” notes Jean. “She feels Skinner is a wounded soul that she wants to take care of. She is a vet like Skinner, and that’s his attraction.”  
Jean adds that the door will be left open for Vergara - who films Modern Family at the same studio as The Simpsons - to return for future episodes. “We have a situation where Bart doesn’t have a regular teacher,” he says, in reference to Mrs. Krabappel’s death, “so she may or may not come back.” Marcia Wallace, the actress who voiced Mrs. Krabappel, passed away in 2013. ”Sofia was really funny and we were glad to have her,” adds Jean. “And as she said, ‘I’m just 100 yards away on the Fox lot.’” Vergara’s episode, titled “Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles,” is slated to air in the middle of season 27, which kicks off Sept 27.