Modern Family hit the television screens in 2009 and went on to becoming one of the most popular sitcom on the small screen. The mockumentary style show has since won many awards and continues to do so. With the show running it’s sixth season, I bring you a few facts about your favourite Modern Family stars.
1. Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill)
The Head of the Pritchett family, Jay Pritchett is married to a much younger Gloria in the show and is a father to an obsessive Claire Dunphy, a homosexual son Mitchell Pritchett and a stepfather to an old soul Manny.
In his real life Ed O’Neill has a daughter named Claire.
Known for his sporty attitude in the sitcom, Ed in his real life is deep in sports too, how deep? He has trained in martial arts for 22 years and holds a black belt!
The hot and adorable Gloria Pritchett is known for her adorable Colombian accent, loud personality and her deep rooted Colombian traditions on the show. She is married to Jay Pritchett post a divorce from her husband with whom she bears a child- Manny.
In real world, Sofia Vergara was married to her childhood lover when she was 18 years old. They had a son after an year into marriage and divorced soon after. Their child’s name is Manolo. (Manny and Manolo- close enough?).
Sofia also had a brother who was murdered in Colombia.
3. Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen)
Award winning actress Julie Bowen plays the strong headed and obsessive Claire Dunphy, married to a clumsy Realtor and self confessed ‘cool dad’ Phil Dunphy.She is a mother to three kids- a dumb beauty, a bookworm daughter and an awkward young son. She had a minor heart incident in the show owing to her stress.
Julie has two siblings, elder one an interior designer and younger one a doctor.
She is married to a Realtor in real life and has three kids- a son and two twin daughters.
Julie also has a pacemaker in her heart since her twenties! Talk about co-incidents!
4. Mitchell Pritchett (Jesse Tyler Ferguson)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays the “snob” lawyer Mitchell Pritchett, the homosexual son of Jay Pritchett who fell in love with his partner Cameron Tucker over a game of charades (guess the film?- Cascablanca! ). He is an environmental lawyer who had a tense relationship with his father after he came out.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who is a homosexual in real life had a difficult time with his father afte he came out clean. On the subject he said “It’s a coming out process for them as well” and it takes time.
His real sister Kelly is a homosexual too.
The adorable and sensitive partner of Mitchell is played by actor Eric Stonestreet. In the show Cam as he is fondly called, graduated from the clown college and has a clown alter ego- Frizbo that he brings up on every possible occasion.
As a child, Eric aspired to be a clown. At age nine he created an auguste clown called- Frizbo!
The nerdy Alex Dunphy, daughter of Claire and Phil Dunphy is played by Ariel Winter. In the show she plays an academically competitive girl who is self conscious about the way she looks. She is brilliant with her sarcastic remarks on her elder fashionable sister.
In contrast to her reel life character, Ariel Winter in real life is a diva. She made her acting debut at age 6. Besides acting, she is also a singer and a voice actress having lent her voice to various characters in films like Ice Age, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Talk about being multi-talented!
Ariel is under permanent guardianship of her sister after her mother allegedly abused her both emotionally and physically. Last heard, the family said they were past the differences. Quite a Modern Family there!
The pretty doll faced Haley Dunphy is played by actress Sarah Hyland. Haley Dunphy is the eldest daughter of Phil and Claire Dunphy. On the show Hayley is a teenage drama queen- a fashion and cellphone addict, a college dropout who changes her dates as often as her lovely clothes but keeps coming back to her senior boyfriend. She is a total diva.
Sarah Hyland comes from a family of actors, both her parents and her younger brother are actors.
Because of her baby face, Sarah is often mistaken for a teenager. She is in fact 23 years old!
Sarah had been living in with her Geek Charming co-star Matthew Prokop for 5 years. However, in the fall this year there was a trouble in the paradise and she sought a restraining order against her beau for allegedly threatening and abusing her.
Sarah Hyland was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia as a child. Her father donated her a kidney.
The youngest of the Dunphy family, Luke Dunphy- a carefree, immature and clumsy kid is played by actor Nolan Gould. Luke is the youngest sibling of Haley and Alex and he bonds the best with his father with whom takes on awkward challenges.
Nolan Gould is a wonder child. He is a member of Mensa- the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. With a phenomenal IQ of 150, Nolan has accelerated ten grades in school as of 2012.
At 13 years of age, he graduated from high school by taking a GED tests and planned of taking online college courses!
He also appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show! That’s what you call an all rounder!