14 Secret 'Modern Family' Facts Every Fan Needs to Know
Posted on Mar 17, 2017
'Modern Family' has turned into a legendary sitcom. It first aired in 2009 and everyone started watching it! It turned into an enterprise worth billions of dollars. However, here are some secrets that the show keeps under wraps.
1. They Couldn't Adopt at the Time
In the pilot, Mitchell and Cam adopt a daughter. The problem was, there was no law at the time allowing gay couples to adopt kids.
2. Did You Know Nolan Gould Is a Genius?
He plays a role of a silly kid, Luke Dunphy, but the actor is really smart. His IQ is higher than 150.
3. The Beauty of the Show
Sofia Vergara was listed as one of the most paid actresses on TV recently. She did commercials for Head & Shoulders, Pepsi, and other brands. She is on the show because they needed a foreign beauty.
4. The Producers Wanted Britney as a Guest Star
Britney should have been in a Season 3 episode, but the producers couldn't strike a deal with her. Allegedly, it took her ages to respond.
5. Have You Noticed They Changed the Dog?
The original Stella was played by a dog named Brigitte. When her agency dropped her, they just found another French Bulldog. The other dog is called Beatrice.
6. The Famous Al Bundy Was a Second Choice!
Craig T. Nelson, known as a Coach from the 'Coach' show was the producer's first choice. He wanted more money, so they called Ed O’Neill.
7. Creepy Boyfriend Problem
Sarah Hyland was in love for years before her boyfriend started to act crazy. It ended up with a restraining order.
8. Ariel Has a Dysfunctional Family
When she was 15, she wanted to emancipate from her parents. There were allegations that her mother mishandled Ariel's money that she earned from 'Modern Family.' The court appointed her sister to be her guardian. Ariel claimed that hasn't contacted her family since the court made the verdict.
9. The Truth About the Dunphy's
Claire Dunphy is a mother of three. While they were shooting the pilot, she was pregnant with the twins, but the audience barely noticed that because they concealed it carefully.
10. A Problem with Phil and Claire's Wedding Date
In the pilot, we learn that they've been married together for 16 years. That means they tied the know in 1993. However, Phill said once mentioned that Claire accepted his proposal in 1994.
11. Julie Bowen Had to Get a Pacemaker
She doesn't like to discuss it, but this actress has a serious heart problem that started when she was 20.
12. Depicting Real Life
Everyone knows the episodes are full of craziness. But some of those situations are based in real life, from stories of the actual cast and crew members. For instance, Cameron became a clown because the actor used to play one. The same goes for Jay who can't remember that Mitchell is gay. Another episode referenced Julie Bowen's heart condition.
13. Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
In a famous episode, Phil wants to become a tightrope walker so he teaches himself and hopes that the rest of the Dunphy's will be proud of him. But two seasons before that, he claimed he was an expert at it. There were a lot of similar continuity errors that the producers overlooked.
14. They Earn Much More Money Than You
At one point, the adults were paid more than 150 thousand for a single episode! So that's six adults, lots of kids and a huge crew. The show spends and earns a fortune.