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Sarah Hyland Reflects on 'Modern Family' Ending: 'I've Been So Lucky'

Sarah Hyland Reflects on 'Modern Family' Ending: 'I've Been So Lucky'

Sarah Hyland is looking back on the time she spent on the screen with Modern Family.

The 29-year-old actress starred as the eldest Dunphy child, Haley, for the past decade and in an essay for Glamour reflected on what she’s learned from her co-stars and more.

Modern Family was my first comedy—the first sitcom I’d ever done. I had been in the industry 14 years, and all I ever did was crime or dramatic shows, whether it was about murdering someone or being too ugly to lose my virginity,” Sarah writes. “I didn’t do a lot of funny things. It was all very, very serious dramatic work.”

“I’m proud of myself for taking the time to study these amazing actors I’ve had the privilege to work with over the past 11 years,” she continues. “I’ve always said the best acting class is experience and observation, and I’ve been so lucky and blessed to have had the best teachers in the comedy world. I’m grateful for the show because it opened so many doors for me.”

Sarah also opened up about the last days on the set, admitting that she wasn’t shedding a tear – until something big happened.

“I’m just so grateful for the last 11 years. Leading up to the finale, I was in denial and started to feel guilty that I wasn’t getting sad like everyone else. But then, during the taping of the last episode, I saw Ty Burrell with tears in his eyes,” she says. “There’s something about seeing your dad cry that makes you want to cry. I started bawling, which actually made me feel really happy. I was like, I’m not an ice queen!”

“In the end, all of us—me, Ty, Julie, Ariel, Nolan—were in each other’s arms and sobbing. It was really amazing and cathartic to be able to have that with everyone.”

Modern Family‘s series finale airs at 9/8c on ABC.

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