No Love Lost between Sofia Vergara and Modern Family’s Stella

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updated 03/16/2012 AT 3:40 PM ET

originally published 03/19/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET

Modern Family’s got itself a case of life imitating art!

While attending PaleyFest 2012 on Wednesday, Sofia Vergara revealed she’s as equally unnerved by French bulldog Stella as her onscreen counterpart, Gloria Pritchett – thanks to a little ribbing by show creator Steven Levitan.

“It’s not that I hate the dog!” she said. “It’s that I’m not used to having a little dog on top of me and licking.”

Levitan shared that when shooting scenes with Stella, whose real name is Brigitte, Vergara naturally adopts a disgusted expression.

“Sofia’s a wonderful actor,” he said, “but she’s not that good of an actor.”