Sofia Vergara thinks it is "great" to still be sexy and approaching 40.

The 'New Year's Eve' star will reach the landmark age in June 2012, and she is delighted people still consider her to be a pin-up, especially as she has a "few extra pounds" compared to other famous beauties.

She told Britain's OK! magazine: "I have big boobs, I have a voluptuous figure, and I like to laugh a lot, this is who I am.

"But it's great to still be thought of as sexy, especially now that I'm nearly 40. I don't want to look super skinny and I think since I'm nearly 40 now, I'm glad I have a few extra pounds because otherwise your face has more lines."

However, life has not always been so rosy for the 'Modern Family' beauty - and she admits being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000 has made her appreciate the good things that happen to her.

She said: "You work hard, you live a healthy lifestyle and then you get the news you have cancer. Thank God I had the kind of cancer that is much more easily treated than other terrible cancers.

"But it was still a shock. The good thing is that an experience like that makes you realise what is important in life."