"Modern Family's" Sarah Hyland, 19, reports that her own father is nothing like her dad in the ABC hit comedy -- the embarrassing,
tries-to-be-cool parent played by Ty Burrell. In real life, her father is esteemed Broadway actor Edward James Hyland, who obviously has a different attitude.
"He's really old-fashioned," in Sarah's view. "When I was younger, he was very opposed to my going to coed sleepovers in junior high and high school. I was like, 'It's 2003! Stop living in the '50s.'"
The only modern thng she can think of that her father does is "watch 'Pimp My Ride' because he loves cars."
Hyland herself is far different from her sometimes-mindless character, Haley. Considering that her smarty pants younger sister once convinced her she could recharge a battery by rubbing it on her head, that is a very good
Says the beautiful brunette, "I look and dress and act differently in real life. I love fashion, but I'm too lazy to partake
in it. On a regular day, I'll wear whatever I throw on -- sweatpants or leggings and a t-shirt -- and I don't do my makeup that often. I
love that I can go out and people don't recognize me."
In fact, the
only similarity she sees is that "my phone is in my hand, or at least right next to me 24/7, and if it's not, it's charging."
at times it's hard not to break up during some of the shenanigans that go on in "Modern Family" scenes. "At first, it was really, really hard and at times, I did laugh out loud. Some things are so ridiculous. But, I've gotten used to it," she says.
Despite the whirl of glamorous events like the Golden Globes and rubbing elbows with the likes of
Leonardo DiCaprio, Hyland says "I always find time for friends and for keeping it real. My friends are in the business -- actors, producer,
"It would be really, really nice to meet someone who isn't in the entertainment business, but you know what? I had some friends like that in high school, and when I'd say things like, 'I've got to go. I have a show to do tonight,' they'd say, 'Can't you just skip it?' They didn't understand the demands. Friends in the industry may be screwed up, but we're all screwed up together.'"
By the way, about those coed sleepovers? She did get to go, she says, thanks to her "very convincing" mother.