Sofia Vergara, the "Modern Family" star who split with longtime off-and-on beau Nick Loeb in May, has begun dating actor Joe Manganiello, Us Weekly said Monday.

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The "True Blood" star, 37 -- recently named People magazine's Hottest Bachelor -- had been smitten with Vergara, 41, for years, Us said.

The two were introduced in May at the White House Correspondents Dinner, according to the magazine, and after her breakup with businessman Loeb she and Manganiello began exploring a relationship over the Independence Day weekend.