LOS ANGELES-Sofia Vergara spent a fortune on accent lessons when she first arrived in Hollywood, because she didn't want to sound like Salma Hayek.

The Modern Family star thought it would be easy to shake the heavy Colombian accent she has become famous for, but it was impossible.

"I spent so much money when I decided I was going to act," she told Harry Connick, Jr. on his new chat show on Friday (23Sep16). "I'm like, 'I'm moving to L.A., I'm gonna hire the best speech coach - I can't understand why Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz can't learn how to speak perfectly - I'm gonna do it!'"

But six months later, she was turning up to auditions with a head full of crazy tips on how to speak without an accent, adding, "I didn't get any jobs." Even her young son was frustrated - because he didn't have an accent and constantly had to correct his mum.

"He would run lines with me... and he'd say, 'Mum, I just corrected you, like, two seconds ago and you said the word again wrong'," she laughed.

In the end, Sofia gave up and decided she'd make her fortune with her native tongue, and it's worked for her - Vergara was recently named the highest-paid television actress in the world by Forbes magazine editors.