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Ariel Winter And Nolan Gould Praised Modern Family's 'Super-Supportive' Set Environment

Debuting in 2009, "Modern Family" gave TV audiences a new breed of the family sitcom. Following the lives and misadventures of three different Los Angeles-based families, "Modern Family" went on to become a juggernaut, going on for 11 seasons that kept the series running until 2020. In that time, the show not only received glowing praise from critics and audiences but also went on to collect a staggering 22 Emmys and even a Golden Globe win in 2012 (via IMDb). With its special brand of humor and diverse cast of lovable characters, it's no wonder the series has been welcomed into the homes of real families everywhere.

And it is all thanks to the fictional families depicted on the show that we have fallen in love with. The Dunphys, the Pritchetts, and the Pritchett-Tuckers all bring their own flavor to the series, resulting in the same amount of high-quality comedy and beating heart. It's hard to imagine what such energy on set must be like for the cast. According to Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould, it's not too far from a real family.

The Modern Family set was a refreshing one for child actors

Acting in any context can be incredibly difficult, but it can be an especially harsh world for child actors. And while the younger stars of "Modern Family" had their own hurdles to jump through, they nevertheless found working on the show to be an immensely positive experience.

In a 2020 interview with USA Today, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould, who play siblings Alex and Luke Dunphy, respectively, talk about their experience on the series. While acknowledging the pressures of being a role model at such a young age, Winter also comments, "This is the best set to grow up on if you're going to grow up on a TV show." Similarly, while Gould is unsure if he'd call his character a role model, he is quick to sing the praises of his experience on set, saying, "I'd say that if you were going to choose a set to grow up on, this has been a pretty good one. Everyone's been super-supportive and we really are just like family."

And when that family came to an end for the show's 11th and final season in 2020, it wasn't easy for either to say goodbye. In an interview with ABC News leading up to the last season, Winter states, "For me, I'm looking forward to doing new things, but I'm not looking forward to not seeing these people ... because this is comfort for me."