Modern Family has graced the television sets and captured the hearts of millions around the globe for almost a decade. First premiering on ABC in 2009, the heartwarming, quirky family sitcom follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family in the suburbs of sunny Los Angeles. The ability for the show to connect to real-life families in one way or another is perhaps part of the reason it has enjoyed massive success. As we gear up for the 11th and final season, we’ve compiled a list of some juicy behind-the-scenes facts that you do not want to miss out on.
1. Happy Family
More than just work colleagues, the cast of Modern Family is known to be extremely close behind the scenes too. In fact, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell Pritchett on the show, has even been quoted on how the cast ‘all really do love each other’. Aw, we love you too, Mitch.
Turns out that ever since season 1, all the actors and actresses of Modern Family made a pact to always support each other on award ceremonies. They support each other just like family, both figuratively and literally and understand that no single cast member is more important than the other.
2. Certified Boy Genius
Everybody loves to laugh at the crazy antics of Luke Dunphy and we couldn’t agree more. He may not appear to be all that smart on screen, but it turns out that in real life, actor Nolan Gould graduated high-school at only 13 years old, boasting an impressive IQ of 150. Yes, you read right. Luke is actually a genius.
On top of all this, Nolan is pretty talented with a surprising array of string instruments. During an interview on Ellen, he was given a sitar and proceeded to play an incredible jam, pulling it off flawlessly. Apparently, there are no limits to this man’s abilities.
3. Don’t Mess With Ariel Winter
One of the biggest changes to the cast over the years is definitely Ariel Winter. But behind the nerdy and sometimes awkward Alex Dunphy that we see on TV, Ariel is a regular gym-goer who’s even earned herself a purple belt in Taekwondo. As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover.
If things ever had to get a little heated among the cast (which we doubt will ever happen) Ariel could probably take on everyone. Well, except for her fellow co-star Ed O’Neill, who spent over 20 years training to earn himself a black belt in Brazilian Jujitsu.
4. Natural Blonde
Sometimes, actors go to dramatic lengths to land a part. Good examples worth mentioning are Chris Hemsworth, who gained an incredible 20 pounds for his role in Thor or Christian Bale, who shed a staggering 63 pounds for The Machinist. Modern Family star Sofia Vergara is no exception.
In Vergara’s case, the naturally blonde actress went and dyed her hair to play the part of brunette Gloria Delgado-Pritchett. Vergara previously spoke to Self Magazine in 2010 about the troubles she’s faced in her career because producers thought she didn’t look “Latina enough.” The actress claimed that changing her hair ultimately helped her land more roles.
5. Once Homeless
He may be everybody’s favorite California real estate agent on the show, but there was once a time when Ty Burrell, who is now famous for his role as Phil Dunphy, was actually homeless. While completing his graduate degree at Penn State University, he literally lived out of his van just to save money.
Fast forward a couple years to the present and Burrell has certainly come a long way, blooming into successful actor he is today. The lovable TV dad even managed to land himself two well-deserved Emmy Awards, both in 2011 and 2014. It’s certainly safe to say that Burrell has made an epic transformation, with more than enough money to his name.
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