MODERN FAMILY (2009-2020) Sarah as Haley Dunphy Genre : TV Series Status : Finished Release : September 23, 2009
Told from the perspective of an unseen documentary filmmaker, the series offers an honest, often-hilarious perspective of family life. Parents Phil and Claire yearn for an honest, open relationship with their three kids, but a daughter who is trying to grow up too fast, another who is too smart for her own good, and a rambunctious young son make it challenging. Claire's dad Jay and his Latina wife Gloria are raising two sons together, but people sometimes believe Jay to be Gloria's father. Jay's gay son Mitchell and his partner Cameron have adopted a little Asian girl, completing one big -- straight, gay, multicultural, traditional -- happy family.
CANDIE'S (2016-) Sarah as Creative Director Genre : Clothing Line Status : Available at Kohl's Release : May 2016
Candie's is a clothing brand started in 1978. It was originally a Charles Cole line of shoes from El Greco Inc. In 1986, Pentland Group acquired El Greco. Pentland sold Candie's to Charles Cole's son Neil in 1991. Candie's Inc. (later renamed Iconix Brand Group) acquired the Candie's brand in 1993. Since 2005, Kohl's Department Stores has had exclusive rights to the Candie's brand in all departments except shoes.
OLAY SKIN TRANSFORMED (2019) Sarah as Ambassador Genre : Skin Care Status : Finished Release : April 2019
OLAY's Skin Transformed campaign is all about celebrating the transformation of OUR own bodies, and how they are often works-in-progress..not perfection. Along with other fearless women, Sarah is part of this amazing campaign, telling her own story.
VERONICA MARS (2019) Sarah as Alyssa Genre : TV Series Status : Available on hulu Release : July 19, 2019
Convinced the bomber is still at large, Veronica visits Chino to learn more about Clyde and Big Dick. Mayor Dobbins' request for help from the FBI brings an old flame to Neptune. Veronica confronts her mugger.
MET AT A PARTY (2019) Sarah as Singer/Herself Genre : Music | Single Status : Available Release : August 9, 2019
'Met At A Party' is a new song by American singer/songwriter Jordan McGraw, who asked Sarah to be part of this new project. The song was released August 9, with a music video following.
THE WEDDING YEAR (2019) Sarah as Mara Hickey Genre : Movie Status : Available Release : September 20, 2019
Meet Mara. She’s a carefree aspiring photographer who just started dating Jake, an aspiring chef. After wedding invitations pour in, Mara and Jake embark on a year-long adventure that puts their new relationship to the test.
NO B.S. (2019) Sarah as Ambassador Genre : Skin Care Status : On-going Release : November 2019
In an industry full of miracle-in-a-bottle marketing, No B.S. is revolutionizing skincare with clean formulas, real results, and a radically honest beauty culture we can all get behind.
AFTERPAY (2019) Sarah as Ambassador Genre : Shopping Status : On-going Release : December 2019
Afterpay Limited (ASX: APT), a rapidly growing "Buy Now, Pay Later" company that enables top fashion and beauty brands to offer interest-free installment plans, announces its partnership with American actress Sarah Hyland through a comedic series of videos focused on the New Year.
DRAG RACE: ALL STARS 5 (2020) Sarah as Guest Judge Genre : Television Show Status : Post-Production Release : June 26, 2020
The fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars was announced by VH1 on August 19, 2019. It was announced on February 20, 2020, on the show's official Twitter account, that the season would premiere on June 5, 2020, on Showtime. Following the cast announcement on May 8, 2020, producers announced that the show will air on VH1 instead of Showtime due to the COVID-19 pandemic which caused "various scheduling and programming adjustments."
LADY PARTS (TBA) Sarah as Co-Host Genre : Talk Show Status : Post-Production Release : TBA
Lady Parts will feature Sarah alongside OB-GYN Dr. Sheryl A. Ross, who will talk with celebrity guests about sex, anatomy and health.
UNKNOWN PROJECT (TBA) Sarah as TBA Genre : TBA Status : Post-Production Release : TBA
Written by Emily V. Gordon, the untitled Sarah Hyland + Emily Gordon Project is inspired by both Gordon and Hyland’s real-life experiences. No further plot details were made available.
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Ellen Digital Inks New Projects With Sarah Hyland and Tiffany Haddish
Ellen Digital Network, which has long been able to bring big talent to its roster of digital shows, is once again assembling a star-studded lineup for the coming year, and tapping new platforms to feature them.
The network, a joint venture between Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. Digital Networks, is working on new shows from comedian Tiffany Haddish as well as weekly digital series from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper and Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland, it announced today during a brief NewFronts presentation to marketers.
Kemper’s series, a weekly show called Help Me Gen Z with Ellie Kemper, will feature the actress sitting down with groups of Gen Zers to hear more about topics from their perspective. Hyland’s series, Lady Parts, will feature the actress alongside OB-GYN Dr. Sheryl A. Ross, who will talk with celebrity guests about sex, anatomy and health. Haddish’s show is untitled, and details about the series are still under wraps.
It’s not just television stars the network is working with; Ellen Digital is also teaming up with Tabitha Brown, an actress and vegan who has found an immense fan base on TikTok, on a new show. The series, All Love With Tabitha Brown, will include segments on cooking, parenting, social media and self care.
“We’re proud to partner with the IAB during these unprecedented times in 2020 to provide our clients, partners and most importantly our audience with Ellen Digital’s most expansive slate to date headlined by Tiffany Haddish, Ellie Kemper and Tabitha Brown,” Michael Riley, general manager of Ellen Digital Ventures, said in a statement about the new slate of programming. “We’re seeing new formats emerge daily and we’re excited to test, innovate and be at the forefront of digital production with all our talent.”
Ellen Digital is also working with Loni Love, a comedian, author, talk show host and newly ordained minister, on Officiate-ly In Love with Loni Love, where Love will officiate weddings with couples who have had their weddings postponed or canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There’s a home renovation series in the works called Monica’s New Pad, starring writer and actor Monica Padman, and a virtual game night (called, appropriately, Game Night) hosted by Lauren Speed-Hamilton and Cameron Hamilton of Love Is Blind reality TV fame. Also in the works is Bretman U, an education-focused series hosted by YouTuber Bretman Rock.
Ellen Digital Ventures’ lineup is primarily focused on programming for ellentube, a short-form video platform where clips from DeGeneres’ talk show live alongside original programming and social media clips.
‘Drag Race: All Stars 5’ Just Revealed Major Twists and Judges
Ahead of RuPaul Drag Race season 12’s finale episode, the franchise has released the latest news and first full trailer for All Stars 5 and boy is it a doozy. After teasing the suspension of All Stars rules in a prior clip, the show has laid it all out. But since there’s so much packed into one announcement, here we’ve broken it all down.
Who are the judges?
Every season of Drag Race the judges — particularly the judge in the premiere episode — seems to get better and better. With the recent announcement, looks like we are still on that trajectory. Multiple Grammy award-winning artist, noted dad, and global superstar Ricky Martin will judge the season’s first episode set to feature a reading mini-challenge and “Werq the World” variety show.
As the season goes on, expect to see Tessa Thompson, Madison Beer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Nicole Byer, Sarah Hyland, Tommy Dorfman, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Bebe Rexha, Jane Krakowski, Sam Richardson, and Todrick Hall as guests.
RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews will return as regular judges.
Who is competing?
So there’s actually two levels to this! On one hand, the competitors have already been announced. Mayhem Miller, Miz Cracker, Shea Coulee, Ongina, Mariah Balenciaga, India Ferrah, Jujubee, Alexis Mateo, Blair St. Clair, and Derrick Barry will all face-off for the crown. And while they will no doubt put up some fierce competition, there is another way of competitors that will also perform on the show. Welcome to the first of many twists.
What are the twists?
In a teaser, RuPaul announced the suspension of All Stars rules. Now it’s been revealed that has multiple meanings. First up, according to a release, for this season lip syncs will be against the top queen and a secret lip sync assassin. If the top queen wins they get to send one of the bottom queens home and win a $10,000 tip. If they lose, the bottom queen will be chosen by a (second twist) secret group, and the $10,000 tip will roll over to the next week.
Out has reached out to Drag Race to clarify whether these unclaimed tips will add up week after week and whether the assasins win anything for their troubles.
When and where will it air?
Though it was originally announced to air on Showtime, All Stars season 5 will return to VH1 on Friday, June 5. Ahead of the premiere, there will be an All Stars marathon with episodes from every season beginning on May 30 at 6 a.m. on Logo. Directly ahead of the premiere Monet X Change and Trinity the Tuck will host a movie marathon of Legally Blonde, 27 Dresses, and The Devil Wears Prada on VH1.
In late February, a famous family found itself down to its final farewell. The cast and producers of Modern Family filmed the very last episode of its 11-season run — No. 250, for those who like big, clean numbers — capping the mockumentary comedy’s celebrated, Emmy-studded run. It was a tough task to bid adieu to the Dunphys, Pritchetts, and Tuckers after all this time, and emotions were running understandably high for the cast. “I hope people will forgive us for breaking character a bit, because it was actually a little tricky to delineate,” Ty Burrell, a.k.a. Phil, told EW. “[The finale] really has to do with that feeling that this chapter of this family is over. This magical period in their lives won’t be the same anymore, and people are wrestling with a lot of the same feelings we were wrestling with.”
You can experience some of those feelings secondhand right here: A photographer was on hand to capture the colorful behind-the-scenes emotions in black and white, and the following images document the cast and producers savoring their last laughs (and shedding a few tears). After you compose yourself, check out the one-hour series finale (Wednesday, 9 p.m. ET/PT, ABC) to see how the sentimental send-off turned out in front of the cameras.
Yeah, It’s the End of an Era for Sarah Hyland—So What?
Everything about this story is so L.A. For starters, at this very moment, Sarah Hyland is working on her “gratitudes.” We’re even having dinner at Café Gratitude, a plant-based restaurant with unironically named menu items like Thriving (broccoli soup) and Pure (Asian kale and seaweed salad).
Sarah orders both, then finishes a story about her energy healer, who, technically, is Lucy Hale’s energy healer, who Sarah started seeing last summer to rebalance her vibrational levels. At this expert’s direction, Sarah now wakes up each morning and says things like “I put myself first” and “I’m grateful to have two legs to walk on” to any vibes listening.
She knows that what she says next (and also that thing she literally just said) (and also what she just ordered) might make you think she’s “crazy-hippie-dippie,” buuut the energy healer told her that her sacral chakra is broken, so she sort of has to put her focus here.
“‘Your heart chakra, I’ve never seen so many barriers and chains around it,’” quotes Sarah. “‘Your self-love is so depleted. Your energy could be so much higher than it is right now.’”
There’s also this: As of April 8, Sarah Hyland is officially An Out-of-Work Actor. For more than a decade, she played Haley Dunphy, the wry, spacey elder daughter of Phil and Claire, on one of TV’s biggest sitcoms. It was the rare network show that became part of the zeitgeist—everyone you know has watched Modern Family at some point—making the fact that it’s over kind of a huge fucking deal.
Sarah’s not freaking out about it. Maybe because she’s kind of in denial. (“I don’t think I’m processing,” she says. “I haven’t really felt the sadness yet.”) Or maybe because complex feels tend not to bubble to the surface in this industry literally built on first impressions. Maybe there’s too much judgy-ness in the air to make it safe to open up to a stranger with a voice recorder. Maybe it’s just too sunny.
Or maybe it’s because Sarah’s character didn’t get the ending she deserved. Watch the final season, you’ll see: Haley suddenly has less screen time. It all came as a surprise and disappointment, tbh. Sarah wishes audiences could’ve seen Haley “own her badassery in the fashion world—becoming a badass stylist or brand mogul or anything like that.”
Instead, they got a new mom of twins. No offense to moms, of course: “There are so many amazing mothers who are also hard workers and excel at their jobs and kill it every day in both aspects,” Sarah explains. “That would have been a really cool thing to see, especially from someone like Haley.”
Listen, behind-the-scenes tension between cast and crew is as Hollywood as Lucy Hale’s energy healer, but Sarah’s not one to dwell on what might have been. She wasn’t a writer or producer on the show, she tells me about three times with a matter-of-fact tone, a shrug, and a bite of salad.
She’s also not really prone to the between-gigs anxiety that plagues her peers. This is just the way it is, you know? “The thing as an actor,” she says, “is it’s like, Will I have a job tomorrow? With Modern Family ending, it’s like, Oh, great. I’m never going to work again. I’m going to have to sell everything and live out of a shoebox.”
Wells Adams Explains Why Having Kids With Sarah Hyland Will Happen “Down the Line”
Wells Adams and Sarah Hyland just want to celebrate one thing at a time.
Just a couple of weeks after Modern Family wrapped its final season, pop culture fans are already wondering what this could mean for one of the star’s personal life.
Before you speculate that having kids is high on the priority list, you may want to hear what Wells has to say.
“I’m the youngest of five. I want a family. She does as well but we’re both super career oriented and driven right now so that’s not front of mind,” he explained exclusively on E!’s digital series Just the Sip. “It will happen down the line. I’m lucky enough that she’s a lot younger than I am so I don’t think she’s in any hurry.”
The 35-year-old Bachelor Nation member continued, “If she was my age, I think she would probably have a different thought about that.”
As for wedding planning, the couple finally has some time to start organizing. Sarah is enjoying some time off after her ABC series wrapped while Wells isn’t headed to Bachelor in Paradise as the show’s bartender for another couple of months.
“Now I think we will start figuring out all that stuff out,” he shared with Justin Sylvester. “She was working so much and I was working a lot where we weren’t able to focus in on that but now that she has some time off, we’ll be able to get some things together.”
Ultimately, Wells and Sarah are simply enjoying their engagement and quality time together. Another bonus is the fact that both stars are both happy and healthy.
“Everyone takes their immune system so much for granted,” Wells shared when opening up about Sarah’s chronic kidney condition. “It’s so easy for her to get sick. When your immune system is kicking ass, so much stuff can bounce off of you. But for her, everything sticks to her and she’ll get sick really, really easily and it also takes a long time to heal or get better.”
The podcast host added, “It was a weird thing learning to appreciate a thing I never appreciated before. I really should take care of my body because now I see what it’s like not to have an immune system.”
Why the face? Because the Modern era of Family time has drawn to a close. Saying goodbye after 11 seasons, 250 episodes, and 22 Emmys (including five consecutive Outstanding Comedy Series trophies, tying Frasier’s record) was no easy feat for the producers and cast; ask them to describe the vibe while finishing the one-hour farewell that airs April 8 at 9 p.m. on ABC, and analogies flow like the tears did. “It’s kind of like when you’re a kid and your best friend moves away — only it’s 100 best friends,” quips co-creator Christopher Lloyd. Sums up Ty Burrell, who won two Emmys as aspiring cool dad Phil: “It was like a beautiful torture. It was like being at a wedding and a funeral at the same time.”
Neither of those scenarios takes place in the finale, but other emotionally charged events do. The ending also speaks to new beginnings for the Dunphy-Pritchett-Tucker clan. “The family is suddenly dealing with a lot of changes,” says co-creator Steven Levitan, “some of which come from the very nature of kids getting older, the time when you have to say goodbye.”
The finale opens with a Dunphy home so overstuffed with kids and grandkids that Phil and Claire seek shelter in the RV in the driveway (R.I.P, Frank). From there, the plot involves: a soft-sculpture gift from Jay (Ed O’Neill) to Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), who are busy parenting Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), considering adopting another child, and still finding time for karaoke; one last sibling hazing ritual performed by Haley (Sarah Hyland) and Alex (Ariel) on their brother, Luke (Nolan Gould); and a bathtub-side scene with Manny (Rico Rodriguez) and Gloria (Sofia Vergara).
In addition, “Claire and Mitch have realizations as adults about their old skating routine that they didn’t as kids,” says Levitan. And, yes, an immovable father and his unstoppable son-in-law will share new intimacy. “Jay and Phil finally bond—literally,” hints Burrell.
The tri-family comedy with a sharp wit and wink that redefined the genre aimed to keep the finale flowing with laughs while suffusing it with goodbye gravitas. “There’s a combination of sadness and gratitude, and these are feelings all of the writers had — and I think the actors had too,” says Lloyd. Burrell confirms that hunch. “I hope people will forgive us for breaking character a bit, because it was actually a little tricky to delineate,” he says. “It really has to do with that feeling that this chapter of this family is over. This magical period in their lives won’t be the same anymore, and people are wrestling with a lot of the same feelings we were wrestling with.” And just a few weeks from now, it will be your turn.
Sarah Hyland Learned About the Modern Family Death by Watching TV
Sarah Hyland learned a lesson from the latest Modern Family death: Read the scripts.
Hyland took to her Instagram after “Legacy,” the Wednesday, Jan. 15 episode of Modern Family aired to tell viewers she was just as surprised as they were about the ABC sitcom’s latest twist. Warning, spoilers follow!
In “Legacy,” Phil (Ty Burrell) goes to visit his father Frank (Fred Willard) after he was found wandering a grocery store for hours. Phil thought Frank was suffering from dementia. He wasn’t, and the two spent a nice day together with Phil ultimately revealing it was their last. Frank passed away off camera and viewers heard Phil give his eulogy to the family. “My dad was OK, and my takeaway from our day, don’t miss the chance to let the people you appreciate know that,” Phil said.
Well, he gave the eulogy to almost all the family. “So, I don’t read scripts of episodes of Modern Family that I’m not in, so I just found out that my grandpa’s dead along with all of you,” Hyland said on her Instagram stories. “I still feel special.”
Hyland’s Instagram posts spoiled some viewers, and she immediately acknowledged her faux pas. “I guess I should’ve put a spoiler alert for Grandpa Frank dying, but I was just caught off guard. Like, as his granddaughter, you think I’d be invited to his funeral,” Hyland told her followers. “If it’s any consolation to those who are angry about the spoiler alert, karma hit real fast and Boo just farted in my face and the smell was so bad she had to get off the bed because she couldn’t handle the heat.”
The death of Grandpa Frank was just the latest loss for the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan. In season 10, the family and viewers said goodbye to DeDe Pritchett (Shelley Long), the mom of Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and ex-wife of Jay (Ed O’Neill). That death was teased for some time before it actually made the air—and Hyland was clued in on that plot twist.
The final season of Modern Family airs Wednesdays, 9 p.m. on ABC.
First look at Freeform’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge behind-the-scenes special
Can’t make it to Disney World or Disneyland to see Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in person? Have no fear, Freeform is here!
EW has your exclusive first look at the network’s exciting behind-the-scenes special set at the new Star Wars theme park lands with the two-hour Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Adventure Awaits.
The TV special is hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and executive produced by Brad Lachman, featuring a star-studded roster of guests like Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland, The Big Bang Theory alum Kaley Cuoco, Key and Peele‘s Keegan-Michael Key, Jay Leno, Miles Brown, and more. The immersive and exclusive television event will allow audiences to explore the epic new lands and learn more about how this new planet of Batuu came to life. Plus, Walt Disney Imagineers and Disney Cast Members will share how they helped bring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to life with fascinating insider details.
Airing later this month, the special will follow Harris as he meets up with Key for some laughs in Oga’s Cantina and takes a tour of Batuu. Hyland learns about the tensions between the First Order and the Resistance and creates her own droid at the Droid Depot. Leno will explore the new ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, inside and out, and Cuoco takes a special sneak peek inside the upcoming attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened at Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on May 31 and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando on Aug. 29. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – Adventure Awaits will premiere Sunday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. on Freeform.
Sarah on Playing an Anti-Marriage Character in Rom-Com ‘The Wedding Year’
“The amount of growth that this character has is absolutely amazing to witness,” the recently engaged actress told The Hollywood Reporter of her role as a commitment-phobic woman who attends a series of nuptials with her boyfriend.
It’s a year of weddings for Sarah Hyland.
The actress stars in the romantic comedy The Wedding Year as Mara, a photographer who is scared of commitment. When she begins dating Jake (Tyler James Williams), the two embark on a year of attending weddings together. In addition to starring in the film, Hyland also served as an executive producer.
“I think everyone from their mid-20s to their mid-30s experiences what we call ‘the wedding year.’ It’s a year where everyone and their mom get married and you have all of these weddings you have to attend,” Hyland told The Hollywood Reporter about the film. “It’s all about Mara and Jake experiencing their wedding year and how they go through it as a couple. How it affects them and how it affects the people around them.”
The Modern Family star added, “You gain so many different messages from the movie.”
The Wedding Year is now in theaters and on demand, just two months after Hyland got engaged to Bachelor in Paradise star Wells Adams.
Hyland spoke to THR about the root of Mara’s commitment issues, what it was like to play someone who doesn’t believe in marriage and how her character evolves throughout the film.
How would you describe your character, Mara?
She’s a very brash human being. She’s unapologetically herself, which I love, but almost to a fault at times. For example, she uses Tinder to get free meals from guys on dates. She is a photographer. She works in retail. She’s scared to jump in and actually pursue her dreams because the idea of failure is terrifying and this idea of failure really stems from the failure of her parents’ marriage. They had a messy divorce. They weren’t the greatest role models when it comes to love and relationships. It kind of fucked her up a bit, which I think a lot of people can relate to in 2019. She is a commitment-phobe. She is kind of all over the place, but she has a lot of loving qualities, as well. She really cares for the people around her, and you really get to see her grow tenfold throughout the film. The amount of growth that this character has is absolutely amazing to witness.
What was it like playing a character that doesn’t really believe in marriage, especially now that you’re engaged?
I have always believed in marriage. I fortunately have parents who are not divorced and who have had a very loving and healthy relationship from the get-go. So if you don’t believe in marriage, that was a big deal breaker for me before I got engaged. It was a lot of fun to delve into the psychology of Mara’s views because I didn’t fully understand it. It was a lot of fun to be able to go into her ticks and see why she’s wired the way that she is. I know a lot of people like that, so it was really fun to be able to talk about their experiences with their parents and really create this character.
Does attending all of the weddings change Mara and Jake’s dynamic and shift their ideas of what they want for the future of their relationship?
Definitely. There’s a montage in the film when all of the wedding invitations start to come out, and it’s an amazing juxtaposition between the two characters. Every wedding invitation that Mara gets, the eye rolls just get bigger and bigger. For Jake, he gets more excited and more excited about friends and family getting married and he’s happy for their love that they want to share with everyone. You really see from the start of when they get the invitations and then you see how they interact, not only with each other, but with each other’s families throughout the wedding season. It definitely changes their relationship. Jake very much acts like a man who wants to get married in the future and have that be put on the table, while Mara seems to recoil deeper and deeper into her shell. But at the same time she’s kind of like the Grinch. Her heart is growing bigger and bigger and bigger, but at the same time she’s going deeper into her hole of commitment-phobia. It’s also interesting because the roles are reversed. Normally in these types of rom-coms, you see the male doing that.
Sarah Reveals She and her Fiancé ‘Weren’t Physical’ at Start of Relationship
“We actually became an official couple before we were even that physical,” Sarah Hyland tells PEOPLE
They might not have had the most traditional start to their relationship, but Sarah Hyland and her fiancé Wells Adams are much closer because of it.
The couple of two years, who got engaged in Fiji in July, had their first date in September 2017, just days before Hyland, who has kidney dysplasia, a condition in which the kidneys don’t fully develop in the womb, underwent her second kidney transplant.
“I had all these health issues at the very beginning of our relationship,” the 29-year-old actress tells PEOPLE. “We had two dates before the surgery, and then I was just on massive amounts of painkillers in the hospital, FaceTiming him all hours of the day and night.”
And for the Modern Family actress (the series’ final season premieres Sept. 25), who also stars in and executive produced the film The Wedding Year, out Sept. 20, Adams’ support was telling.
“He still liked me after that somehow,” she says. “So it definitely brought us closer together and forced us to have a relationship that was very serious from the start.”
The fact that Hyland was recovering from a major surgery also meant that when it came to being intimate with Adams, a radio DJ and Bachelor in Paradise’s resident mixologist, whom she met after he “slid into my DMs,” the new couple had to take their time.
“It was completely not normal, because we were not allowed to do certain things for a while,” says Hyland. “Health wise, [because of] the surgery, can’t really do it. We weren’t able to have that physical part of the relationship like you normally have in the beginning, so that bonded us on an emotional and intellectual level much faster.”
Ultimately, “we actually became an official couple before we were even that physical,” says Hyland. “That just goes to show what kind of relationship we do have.”
And according to Hyland, an engagement was almost a foregone conclusion.
“We liked to joke when we first started dating that Wells and I are the same person with different genitalia,” says Hyland. “We’re so similar that it felt like meeting a kindred soul from a past life.”
The 11th and final season of Modern Family premieres Sept. 25 on ABC. The Wedding Year is in theaters on Friday, Sept. 20.