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11 Facts You Didn't Know About Those Goddamn 'Modern Family' Children

By Dustin Rowles | TV | October 16, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | October 16, 2015 |

1. Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny, has an older sister, Raini Rodriguez, who is also an actress. She was a lead in Disney’s Austin & Ally, and played the daughter of Kevin James’ goddamn character in both Paul Blart movies.


2. Rodiguez has already written a book, too, because of fucking course he has. It’s called Real Life Lessons I’ve Learned … So Far. Here is an excerpt (I shit you not, this is an actual excerpt):

While we were filming our season one wrap episode in Hawaii, there was a dinner scene in which I just happened to be sitting next to Sofia. Although the director usually tells us not to eat the bread, I usually go ahead and do it anyway. You’re not supposed to eat the props! I usually peel off the crust before eating the bread because I like the inside part better. Sofia asked me why I was doing it, so I went about explaining the reason to her- it was mainly because I wanted to get to the soft bread inside.

Fascinating, Manny. Tell us more.

3. When he was 7, before he began acting, Rodriguez thought he’d be a “NASCAR chef going to the moon.” What the fuck was he thinking?

4. Nolan Gould, who plays Luke Dunphy, also has a brother in the business, because that’s how these families work. Here is Aiden Gould in a movie called Julia with Tilda Swinton.


5. Nolan Gould himself is a member of Mensa, graduated high school via GED at the age of 13, and has an IQ of 150. The overachiever can also play sittar.



6. The mother of Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Lily, is a classically-trained musician turned stand-up comedian, who does bits about her daughter being on Modern Family (she’s actually funny).

7. Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley, also has an acting sibling. Here’s Ian Hyland in 30 Rock.


8. Hyland has been actressin’ for a long time. Here she is as Howard Stern’s daughter in Private Parts way back in 1997.


9. In 2012, Hyland — who suffered from kidney dysplasia — got a kidney transplant. Her father was the donor.

10. Ariel Winter, who plays Alex Dunphy, is another overachiever. She’s the voice of Sofia in Sofia the First, and she has also done voice work on Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Phineas and Ferb. She’s also been acting for a long time. Here she is in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

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11. Jaden and Ella Hiller, who originated the role of Baby Lily, actually quit Modern Family because, as their mother said, they “hated” it. They turned down $34,000 an episode to go back to being normal toddlers.


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