‘Modern Family’ Has Pushed Society To Change And These Facts Will Make You Love The Series Even More
It has been a shockingly fast eleven 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 let see some modern family theories.
Sofía Vergara is the highest paid actress on TV because of “Modern Family.”@abcmodernfam / Instagram
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.@abcmodernfam / Instagram
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.”Untitled. Digital Image. Mental Floss. 26 September 2018.
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.Untitled. Digital Image. Mental Floss. 26 September 2018.
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.”@abcmodernfam / Instagram
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.@abcmodernfam / Instagram
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.@ModernFam / Twitter
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.@sarahhyland / Instagram
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.ABC Family
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.@AubreyAndersonE / Twitter
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.@ModernFam / Twitter
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.ABC Family
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.Untitled. Digital Image. Mental Floss. 26 September 2018.
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.ABC Family
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?
There’s a reason it’s mockumentary style.@abcmodernfam / Instagram
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.“modern family facts” Digital Image. Factinate. 26 September 2018.
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.@sarahhyland / Instagram
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!ABC Family
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.@abcmodernfam / Instagram
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.@ModernFam / Twitter
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!
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