‘Modern Family’ Has Pushed Society To Change And These Facts Will Make You Love The Series Even More

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It has been a shockingly fast ten years since ABC Family’s “Modern Family” first hit the airs in 2009. Back then, it was a little racy to have a gay couple in a family sitcom, and it was the first time Sofia Vergara hit mainstream American televisions. The show has helped change the way our culture views diverse families and has evolved along with public pressure.

Sofía Vergara is the highest paid actress on TV because of “Modern Family.”

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Season 4 of the show was actually postponed after the cast took legal action (that worked) to get substantial raises. Sofía Vergara, who plays Gloria Delgado-Pritchet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell), Eric Stonestreet (Cam), ty Burrel (Phil) and Julie Bowen (Claire), each make at least $200,000-$250,000 per episode.

The show has won 22 Primetime Emmy Awards.

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It also won a GLSEN Respect Award for “positive images and storylines that reflect a diverse America.” If you’re reading this, you already know that the show has strong Latino, Asian-American, LGBT and French Bulldog representation.

Sofía Vergara grew up watching Ed O’Neill in “Married With Children.”

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When she met him, she thought he would be able to speak Spanish until she realized she was watching a Spanish dubbed version of the show. 😂 Weird to think that he would later become her on-screen husband.

O’Neill has been reading the same newspaper for 30 years.

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Literally, it’s the same paper from “Married With Children.” Many shows use this same exact paper because all the images and text have already been legally approved to show on air for commercial purposes.

Rico Rodriguez was told to audition as “Antonio Banderas stuck in a 12 year old’s body.”

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Apparently, lil Rico just went, “Oh, okay!” and crushed the audition. In interviews, he’s made it super clear that he’s nothing like his on-screen version of Manny Delgado. He’s always been super shy and only decided to try acting after his sister gave it a shot and he thought it looked fun.

Noland Gould is an actual certified genius.

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He plays “dumb” Luke Dunphy on screen but by the time he was on television at 6 years old, he was already a member of MENSA (an organization of the highest IQ people in the world). He graduated high school when he was 13 and has been taking college classes ever since.

The two have grown up like brothers. Noland taught Rico how to shave.

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It sort of seems like the whole cast is its own little family. If you follow Vergara on Instagram, then you already know.

Ever since Season 1, the cast made a pact to never have a lead role.

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They always submit themselves as “Supporting Actors” so that they maintain solidarity and nobody gets too cocky. Genius.

A set of twins played baby Lily.


Apparently, they hated it so much that the parents decided it wasn’t worth the $35,000 per episode. Their mom told Woman’s Day, “Halfway through season two their personalities had started to develop, and it was really clear to us that they weren’t enjoying their time on set. So we told the producers the girls wouldn’t be coming back.”

This gave Aubrey Anderson-Emmons her lucky break.

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She joined the show for Season 3 and has been crushing it ever since. Apparently, when she was still a toddler, she was a hit or miss on the show. Sometimes, she’d impromptu say something priceless and other times she just wasn’t having it.

Writers wrote in Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s real life father-son relationship as Mitchell and Jay’s.

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Ferguson apparently had to come out to his father three times before he acknowledged that his son was gay. You can’t make this up, and so the writers went with it for the show, too.

A 2010 petition is what prompted Mitch and Cam’s first kiss on air.


It happened in a background scene but we’re so glad it finally happened. Since then, they’ve been smacking lips on screen all over the place. Remember when I said those were racier days? I don’t miss them.

Julie Bowen was due to give birth any day during the pilot episode.

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She was pregnant with twins, mind you. They hid her big belly with laundry baskets and cereal boxes. Sneaky. Oh, and her first son broke her first Emmy from the show.

Vergara says she plans to steal the ugly black and white vase from the set when the show is over.


She told Jimmy Kimmel that she’s been thinking about what prop she would steal from the show, with rumors of its series ending going around. She landed on the “ugly” black and white vase. Why not?

Read: These Old Sofia Vergara Photos Prove That Latinas Don’t Age And That’s Good News For All Of Us

There’s a reason it’s mockumentary style.

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I mean, it was definitely trendy alongside “The Office,” but they actually created a character named Geert Floortje, a Dutch filmmaker who returns to the U.S. to film the family he stayed with as a foreign exchange student, The Pritchetts. The directors decided his role wasn’t necessary and they cut him before production.

Eric Stonestreet really was Fizbo the clown as a kid.

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Pretty much everything Cam says on the show about Fizbo is true story. He told The Kansas City Star, “It was my way then as a young man to express my desire to entertain and perform.” Long live Fizbo.

Writers have told the public that a “significant character” is going to die this season.

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Vergara told Ellen that she wasn’t worried when she heard that. “If they said someone was going to get deported…” Touché, Sofía.

Lin-Manuel Miranda was Gloria’s dog trainer!


This was four years before “Hamilton” took over Broadway. Apparently, Manuel-Miranda got the job after he made it clear he belonged. Director Jeff Greenberg told The Observer, “He came in and quoted episode after episode, line after line, joke after joke, and we loved him.”

“Thank God we did [cast him] because now he gets me ‘Hamilton’ tickets!”

Some people think Jay may be on his way out.

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I don’t buy it though. That would free up Vergara to marry a chiseled hunk of a guy. Maybe named Joe?

My guess is it’s all Stella.

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You’re cute, and we did notice that you were swapped out after a couple seasons by a more smiley Frenchy. I’m ready for the conspiracy theories friends! Dale!

READ: These Incredible Moments From ‘Modern Family’ Prove That Sofia Vergara Makes The Show Worth Watching

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Bet You Didn't Know These NBA Players Are Latino


Bet You Didn’t Know These NBA Players Are Latino

Latinos have impacted a lot of sports in America, and the NBA is no exception. In the past decades, Latin America has produced some superstar players. From point guards to centers, the Miami Heat to the Toronto Raptors, these players have been fun to watch. Plus, most of them have played for their home country’s national teams, including the Olympics.

Let’s explore 11 of our favorite Latino NBA players, both past and present:

1. Al Horford

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This is Horford’s twelfth year in the NBA, where he is currently playing center for the Boston Celtics. This year the Celtics have an all-star lineup, which should make for a great season.

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Al Horford is part of a basketball family. His father, Tito Horford, played in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Bullets. Horford was born in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic before he moved with his family to Lansing, Michigan. Horford now has a family of his own, with wife Amelia Vega and two children.

2. Nenê Hilário

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Nenê is in his 18th NBA season, with stints in Denver and Washington before his current position with the Houston Rockets. Unfortunately, his long NBA career has been sprinkled with injuries. Currently, he has a strained calf that has him sitting the bench for the beginning of the 2018-19 season. But he won’t be out for long!

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Fun Fact: Nenê is not his real name. Nenê was born Maybyner Rodney Hilário in São Carlos, Brazil. Nene is a nickname meaning “baby”, because he was the youngest in his family and his group of childhood friends. He liked the nickname so much he had his name legally changed to Nenê in 2003, right after his first season in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets.

3. Jose Juan Barea

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J.J. Barea is the point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. He is in his 13th NBA season, where he has played entirely for the Dallas Mavericks except for a three-season stint with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2011-2014. He may not be in the starting lineup, but he’s an important contributor to the game. Last season, he averaged 11.6 points per game and 6.3 assists per game.

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J.J. Barea may have a big personality, but he’s a short basketball player. While listed at 6’0”, his actual height is closer to 5’10”. His big career can give any of you short players out there hope!

4. Carlos Delfino

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Carlos was born in Argentina, but holds dual citizenship with Italy as well. He played in the NBA for 8 seasons, from 2004-14, with a short break from 2008-09 to play in Europe. He started in Detroit, before playing for Toronto, Milwaukee, and Houston. His best years were with the Milwaukee Bucks, where he posted career highs and made a big impact from the three-point line.

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When he wasn’t playing in the NBA, Delfino was a big part of the Argentinian national teams. In 2001, he played on the junior team in the 2001 FIBA World Championship. He was part of the senior team for the 2004, 2008, and 2016 Summer Olympics as well as the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

5. Tiago Splitter

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Tiago had a short NBA career due to a hip injury, but it was a great one. This 6’11” played power forward and center during his seven seasons. He spent five seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, he made it to the NBA playoffs each year and became the first Brazilian to win an NBA championship in 2014. He was then traded to the Hawks and then the Philadelphia 76ers before announcing his retirement in February of 2018. Tiago was hired in April of 2018 by the Brooklyn Nets as a pro scout, with added duties related to on-court development.

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Before Tiago joined the NBA, he had an 11-year career in Europe. His professional career started at just 14 years old, which is part of what kept him out of the NBA. He was expected to declare for the 2006 NBA draft, but delayed until 2010 in part because he could make more money in the Spanish ACB League, where the NBA rookie scale salary cap did not apply.

6. Anderson Varejao

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The Brazilian Anderson Varejao had twelve seasons with Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was a fan and team favorite. The people loved his wild hair and energetic playing, even dubbing him with the nickname “Wild Thing”. After twelves seasons, he was traded in early 2016 to the Portland Trail Blazers, where he was waived before signing in the middle of the 2016 season with the Golden State Warriors.

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In 2016, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers made it to the NBA Finals. The Elias Sports Bureau says that Varejao is the first player in history to play for both Finals teams in the same season. Unfortunately, he didn’t not get a championship ring because the Warriors lost after being up 3-1 in the series.

7. Carlos Arroyo

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Our Puerto Rican point guard is still playing internationally, even though his NBA career is over. Over 13 seasons, Arroyo played for a variety of NBA teams, including the Toronto Raptors, the Denver Nuggets, the Utah Jazz, the Detroit Pistons, the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat, and the Boston Celtics.

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Arroyo also played for the Puerto Rican national team, from 2011 to 2016. During this time, he led the Puerto Rican 2004 Summer Olympics team to victory over the United States’ team.

8. Greivis Vasquez

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Greivis Vasquez grew up in Venezuela with his parents and his brother before moving to Maryland for high school to play basketball. He went to the prestigious Montrose Christian School where he played with future NBA star Kevin Durant. From there he went on to play in the NCAA at the University of Maryland.

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From college, he was drafted into the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies. He went on to play for the New Orleans Hornets, the Sacramento Kings, the Toronto Raptors, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Brooklyn Nets before being waived. His career highlights were during his years with the New Orleans Hornets, where he was the league leader in assists for the 2012-13 season.

9. Francisco Garcia

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Francisco Garcia is the shooting guard and small forward from the Dominican Republic. He played in college at Louisville for three years before entering the NBA draft.

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In the 2005 draft, Garcia was the 23rd pick in the first round, going to the Sacramento Kings. He played with the Kings for 8 seasons before being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2013 for his final three seasons in the NBA.

10. Luis Scola

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Luis Scola was born in Argentina, where he started his professional basketball career in the Aregentine league at 15 years old. He then moved to Spain in 1998, where he played for seven years with Saski Baskonia.

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The San Antonio Spurs drafted Scola in 2002, but were unable to negotiate a buyout with Baskonia. Finally, in 2007, the Spurs traded the rights to Scola to the Houston Rockets, and the buyout was resolved quickly. As a starter for the Rockets and then the Phoenix Suns, this power forward was a great NBA player. His NBA career ended in 2017, but he is still playing in China and for the Argentina national team.

11. Manu Ginobili

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Another Argentinian, Manu Ginobili had a long professional basketball career that finally ended with his retirement in August of 2018. He was one of the best – he will be missed by his Latino fans!

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Over 23 seasons, Ginobili is one of only two players to have won a EuroLeague title, an NBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal. He actually won four NBA championships, all with the San Antonio Spurs.

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