Here’s How the ‘Modern Family’ Cast Really Feels About Their First Interviews
The cast of Modern Family knows how to bring the funny. The hit ABC mock-docu-comedy has been a stand-out for 10 years, but it started out as just another show, hoping to do well. As the 11th and final season approaches (next week), how do stars of the show feel about their first interviews going into their debut season?
What did the stars of ‘Modern Family’ do before the show?
Was there ever a time without Modern Family? Apparently. Ed O’Neill is most known for his role as Al Bundy on Married With Children, while his fictitious wife, Sophia Vergara was a runway model and actress in Univisión shows like Fuera de serie.
Rico Rodriguez had several appearances before Modern Family on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2006-2007. He played the ice cream prankster kid (and young Guillermo).
Julie Bowen’s breakout role as Virgina Venit was opposite Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore, while Ty Burrell had gigs in Black Hawk Down and the remake of Dawn of the Dead.
Sarah Hyland’s debut was as Howard Stern’s daughter in Private Parts in 1997, though she’s also performed on Broadway as the young Jacqueline Bouvier in Grey Gardens. Have you heard her sing? Incredible.
Ariel Winter got her start in a Cool Whip commercial, followed with a few minor parts in Listen Up!, Tickle U, Monk, Bones, and ER. Nolan Gould began commercial work at just 3 years old, while Eric Stonestreet has been on shows like Dharma & Greg, Party of Five, and Malcolm in the Middle.
Jessie Tyler Fergeson’s work focused mostly on Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre, including the Tony Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Here’s how the cast really feels about their first interviews for ‘Modern Family’
“I love how much self-loathing I started with — and I still have,” Burrell stated as he watched his clip. “You can smell the desperation on Phil (Dunphy), which, by the way, you can smell on me when I come in the room.”
Bowen commiserates with her younger self, who said she could relate to the role. “I definitely feel like I’ve been in mom mode for the last couple of years. It’s been nothing but leaky boobs and diapers.”
Hyland laughs at her former self saying, “I’m from the East Village,” while a very young Rodriguez talked about always landing roles with “hot moms.” Bowen is mildly pseudo-offended at the past comment saying, “ouch.”
Stonestreet said “look how much I’m sweating,” while wearing a uniquely loud shirt the others can’t help but comment on. Gould, in all his adorable smallness, said all the parents give him advice.
And last, but certainly not least, the entire cast refused to let slide the fact that Fergeson mispronounced Vergara’s name (repeatedly). The video and cast reactions are nothing if not entertaining in the most nostalgic way possible.
What’s in store for the final season of ‘Modern Family’?
At the end of the season 10 finale, Haley gave birth to twins. As Modern Family wraps up for the final season, talks of a Modern Family spin-off have been ongoing. The spin-off, which isn’t a done deal, could follow Haley and Dylan (Reed Ewing) as they raise their twins.
ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in August, “I get smacked down every time I bring it up to (co-creator) Steve Levitan, so I’m going to stay quiet for a little while.”
Modern Family may be ending after this season, but those first interviews are forever. Thank you, cast and crew, for 11 amazing seasons.