Growing up on Global’s “Modern Family” had its difficult moments for the children of the TV family.
Appearing Wednesday at the 2020 Television Critics Association winter press tour, the cast of the show looked back on the hit sitcom.
Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould both opened up about going through puberty in front of millions of viewers at home, E! News reported.
“There’s definitely one season for me where I hit puberty right before we went on break,” the now-21-year-old Gould recalled. “So when I came back, I had completely changed, but like, not quite enough past… my voice was, like, cracking. It is kind of strange having those years broadcasted to millions of people. It’s like your home movies but for everyone to see.”
He added, “We were pretty lucky that we had a great fanbase that’s very supportive.”
Sarah Hyland chimed in to argue that “it’s probably easier” for boys and “harder for females,” though.
“I think it’s difficult for any child actor, though that’s a really hated-on term, but for any child actor to grow up on TV in front of millions of people because millions of people then think they know you and they think they know you really well and think they can comment on everything you wear or everything you do or how you grow up and change,” Winter added.
She particularly “hated the year” she had to get braces.
“I do have to say it was a really awkward year for me because I also went through puberty that summer,” Winter said. “So it was, like, we had episodes with me in braces, and then over the summer once we wrapped, I had other things. But I still wasn’t fully through puberty like Nolan, so I had things. It was awkward. I definitely think it’s really difficult to grow up in front of those people who have an opinion on everything you do and who are allowed to say it at any point.”
Despite having already gone through puberty before joining the show, Hyland recalled other body changes and health issues she experienced.
“So I cannot stand, I think it’s season 4 or 5, because I had very bad Prednisone face and I gained, like, 30 pounds,” she said. “And that for me was something that Ariel and I were, I think, going through around the same time, where she got her things—that’s what you said right? She got things and stuff, and I had another thing, but not as fun. But people really love to attack women especially, and I think Ariel is such an amazing woman and has always been so mature and handles it with such grace and poise, and I think between the two of us, we really have gone and tackled them with all of our spice and wit.”