The sitcom first stole our hearts the day it aired back in 2009 and has kept us hooked ever since. It now has a few Emmy wins to its name and is currently on a production break as a new season is headed to the small screen so we thought we’d present you with a little something to tide you over.
ABC’s Modern Family focuses on three branches of the same family and their crazy shenanigans are all kinds of hilarious. We’ve spent 7 years getting to know the cast and let’s face it, every single cast member is crucial to its success. But how much do you really know about the faces behind the characters?
We know some obvious things, like Colombian beauty Sofia Vergara is married to Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello and that Ariel Winter is estranged from her mama after some serious family drama but there are still plenty of things we don’t know. We’ve scouted the web, searched the fan sites and watched the documentary to give you the exclusive inside guide to your favorite sitcom.
After all it may be one of the best shows on TV right now but just how well do you know your favourite TV family? To make you feel a little closer to the Pritchett/Dunphy clan, we decided to uncover a few surprising facts you never knew about the cast.
12. The Dunphy House Sold for $2.15 Million
What would you pay to call the Dunphy House home? The gorgeous house situated in the Los Angeles Cheviot Hills neighborhood sold for $2.15 million. It was originally built in 2006 and was used solely for its exterior shots. Now that the house is sold, 20th Century Fox pays a fee to the new owners each time exterior scenes are shot and are rumoured to carry on this arrangement with the new homeowners. Most surprising of all is that the Dunphy abode was actually empty. Only the exteriors of the house were used to depict the Dunphy residence on the show as any interior scenes are shot on sound stages.
11. Sarah Hyland Had A Kidney Transplant
Talk about real life, made-for-TV drama. 21-year-old actress Sarah Hyland who plays Haley Dunphy on the hit family show had to undergo a kidney transplant. She had been battling kidney dysplasia her whole life and her father stepped in and assisted with donating a kidney for his daughter. Sarah has since turned her struggles into success and is a true inspiration as she recently revealed how she battled with the disease her whole life. She was diagnosed with as a child was kidney dysplasia.
10. Ariel Winter is a Wicked Singer
American actress Ariel Winter wanted to grow up to be a doctor. Or Wonder Woman. She couldn’t decide which but we’re just glad to have her alongside the cast of Modern Family playing Alex Dunphy. On screen, Ariel is nerdy and somewhat shy and awkward but that’s a far cry from real life Ariel Winters. The brunette beauty isn’t shy of the cameras and is the voice for the new Disney Junior’s animated princess, Sofia the First. Ariel is also a singer in a band called Wicked Street with her best friend and the budding duo have just released their first album together. Ariel once did a cover of Taylor Swift’s hit “I Knew You Were Trouble” and it went viral.
9. The TV Show Isn’t Without A Few Bloopers
What TV show is without a few bloopers? Then again not every sitcom is fortunate enough to have Lily, played by Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, on set all day. Undoubtedly the child star has created some of the funniest scenarios of the past season both behind and in front of the cameras. Part of her charm is that you really never know what Lily is about to say or do especially in front of the press and she decides to debut her first F-bomb. Whoops!
8. The Cast Sued 20th Century Fox in Order To Get A Raise
Colombian actress Sofia Vergara who plays Gloria Pritchett may be America’s TV sweetheart and one of TV’s highest-paid actresses, but that didn’t stop her, together with the cast, in suing 20th Century Fox in order to secure a pay raise. Forbes reported that Sofia is the highest paid actress in TV surpassing the likes of Reality TV queen Kim Kardashian. But alas, season 4 of Modern Family was postponed due to legal action before a salary negotiation was reached. These days the cast, including the likes of Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell), Eric Stonestreet (Cam), Ty Burrell (Phil) and Julie Bowen (Claire), walk away with salaries of around $200,000-$250,000 per episode.
7. There is no Leading Actor/Actress in Modern Family
Would you believe us if we were to tell you that there was no leading actor or actress in Modern Family? It all began after the first season aired and the cast decided amongst themselves to only submit nominations to the awards as Supporting Actor and Actresses, so that no one in the ensemble considers him/herself to be more important. The cast has since showed a united front and have appeared at the Screen Actors Guild Awards for seven years now and have won five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Television Series. Talk about being regulars on the Red Carpet.
6. Ty Burrell Owns a Bar
He may be one of the funniest dads on the small screen, but in real life Phil Dunphy played by Ty Burrell is a family man and bar owner. He has just collaborated on a new place called Beer Bar which is located next to Burrell’s existing cocktail bar, Bar-X, which he owns with his brother Duncan and other members of his family. Here you’ll find everything from sausages to Belgian fries and their signature dish, the Reuben brat.
5. Britney Spears Was Offered A Role
It’s no surprise that pop icon Britney Spears is a huge fan of Modern Family and has made no secret of it on social media. What is surprising however is that the star was offered a role in the show back in season 3. It appears Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan stated that Britney’s camp had unfortunately responded too late in the game and that the third season had already been planned.
4. Ed O’Neill has been reading the Same newspaper for 20 years
Who knew that the one thing that Jay Pritchett, Al Bundy and Ed O’Neill would have in common was a newspaper. American actor Ed O’Neill has been reading the exact same newspaper for the past 20 years for most of his TV career. He first picked up the fake edition during his stint as Al Bundy in Married with Children. And now Ed plays patriarch to the Pritchett family in the hit show Modern Family and reads the exact same thing. The sitcom “Married with Children” ran from 1987-1997 while “Modern Family” first debuted on ABC back in 2009—yet Ed continues to read the same newspaper with the same news—20 years on.
3. Ty Burrell Was Once Homeless
So what exactly do we know about actor Ty Burrell? We know he enjoys fly-fishing, that his mother used to drag race competitively and that he is currently one of the most popular actors on TV thanks to his role as Phil Dunphy. But would you believe us if we told you Ty was once homeless? While he was working towards getting his graduate degree at Penn State University, he decided to save money by living out of his van. Everybody’s favourite TV dad is now famous for his portrayal of Phil Dunphy and fast forward a few years and Ty walked away with two Emmys both in 2011 and 2014.
2. Cam Is Straight
Eric Stonestreet shares a lot of similarities with his TV character Cameron Tucker. They both grew up on a farm in the Midwest. And they both played football in college. Cam however is a flamboyant homosexual on Modern Family, but in real life Eric is straight. The American actor has wowed TV audiences with his depiction of Cam and walked away with two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series with a further three nominations. This critical acclaim is well deserved as he plays the character extremely well.
1. Nolan Gould Is A Genius. Seriously.
We kid you not – actor Nolan Gould who plays Luke Dunphy is a right old genius. He may play a trouble-making teen on the hit show but this pint-sized star has an IQ of 150 in real life. He’s part of Mensa International, the largest IQ society of the world and has been since he was just 4 years old! What’s more is that the child star graduated from High School at just 13 years old and takes college classes when he’s not learning scripts for his hit show. We guess it’s true what they say – it takes a smart person to play a dumb one…