Sarah Jane Hyland (born November 24, 1990 in New York) is an American actress, singer, executive producer and creative director. In her younger years she attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, followed by small roles before gaining her first major role as Haley Dunphy on ABC's sitcom Modern Family. She has worked with Boyce Avenue on music covers for their YouTube channel. In 2016 she became the first ever creative director of Candie's, a fashion brand. Read the full biography here.
Modern Family Sarah as Haley Dunphy Release : September 23, 2009
Status: Season 10 Wednesday on ABC
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.
Candies Sarah as Creative Director Since : May 2016
Status: Available at Kohl's
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.
The Wedding Year Sarah as Mara Hickey Release: Fall 2019
Mara Hickey, an LA photographer, has vowed never to get married. When she and her new ready-to-settle-down boyfriend are invited to fifteen weddings in the same year, the pressure is on Mara to make some big decisions.
OLAY Skin Transformed Sarah as Ambassador 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.
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Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has obtained the U.S. theatrical distribution rights to The Wedding Year, a romantic comedy led by Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, who also serves as an executive producer, and Tyler James Williams. Lakeshore Entertainment acquired the spec script written by television writer/producer Donald Diego and produced the film, which will open in the fall of this year.
Legally Blonde helmer Robert Luketic directed the pic. It tells the story of Mara Hickey (Hyland), an LA photographer who has vowed never to get married. So, when she and her new ready-to-settle-down boyfriend (Williams) are invited to fifteen weddings in the same year, the pressure is on Mara to make some big decisions.
Rounding out the cast are Keith David, Patrick Warburton, Tom Connolly, Grace Helbig, Wanda Sykes, Jenna Dewan, Anna Camp, and Fred Grandy.
Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi, Marc Reid, and Mark Korshak are producers. In addition to Hyland, executive producer are ESMP’s Byron Allen, Carolyn Folks, and Jennifer Lucas.
Sarah Hyland always tells it like it is. In countless Instagram posts, tweets, and interviews, the Modern Family actress has been incredibly candid about her depression, her struggles with body image, and the 16+ surgeries she’s had throughout her life to combat her endometriosis and kidney dysplasia, which most notably involved a second kidney transplant in 2017. And because these surgeries have left multiple scars across her abdomen, she’s been open about her own personal journey to accepting them, too.
Now, thanks to a new partnership with Olay, Hyland is spreading her message of self love and self care to an even wider audience. This month, Hyland is one of six women appearing in Olay’s new photography book, speaking about how she honors and cares for her body. In preparation, Hyland also took part in the Olay Two-Week Moisture Ribbons Body Wash Challenge, using only the brand’s Moisture Ribbons Body Wash for several weeks.
There is a beautiful, silent power when you present to the world that you love yourself as you are.
We had the opportunity to sit down with Hyland on set to talk about her own self-care routine, why she’s decided to be so open about her health struggles, and how she deals with internet trolls, ahead.
How have your surgeries changed how you feel about beauty?
For me, being accepting of my scars is something that I’ve had to deal with since I could even remember. It’s still a struggle to this day, but you really just have to be able to own yourself. There is a beautiful, silent power when you present to the world that you love yourself as you are. Being vulnerable is sometimes the most powerful thing you can be, so having scars and going through a lot of medical issues has only made me stronger.
What does self care look like for you?
When you’re going through something so physical and on the brink of surgeries or death, that is obviously going to affect your mental health. You have to take care of your body any way you can. My self care can be as simple as taking a bath. You really have to take advantage of that to regain this feeling of control over yourself and your body. I’ve almost fallen in love with my body again and felt more comfortable in my own skin because of this [challenge]. My skin has been glowing and, if you have that, it can be a little bit of a pick-me-up.
What other ways do you practice self care?
I’m also a big fan of sheet masks and eye patches that you keep in the fridge. I normally have super early call times, like 6 a.m., so I wake up at 5 and take the sheet mask from the fridge. It wakes you up immediately, and then you put your glasses and baseball cap on, jump in the car, and do a face roller the entire time on your way to work. I normally use Joanna Vargas’ face masks and Nurse Jamie’s Beauty Roller. Peter Thomas Roth also has really great eye patches as well.
Why was it important for you to be so public about your health struggles?
When I was younger, I really did not want to be public about it. Not that I was ashamed or embarrassed — I just didn’t want to be a poster child. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve felt that it’s so important to be able to talk about it. I realized that for women especially, it takes a huge toll on your mental health because of what happens to you physically. In telling my story, so many people have reached out to tell me theirs… it also helps me.
How do you deal with the negative comments on Instagram?
In order to be OK on a daily basis, especially when you do get a lot of hate and judgement and critics out there that hide behind keyboards, you have to have a really strong back and rely on other people having your back. I have the most amazing fans in the entire world that go apeshit on the trolls. I found that it’s been super transformative on my mental state and confidence to have people like that in my life.
If you’d like to look two weeks ahead of us here’s the press release and the stills from Modern Family‘s 10×17 episode ‘The Wild’:
Mitch, Cam and Phil crash Jay’s annual hiking trip to find an elusive bald eagle after Gloria asks them to keep an eye on him. Meanwhile, Gloria, Alex, Claire and Haley get together to plan her baby shower.
The episode premieres March 13th on ABC. With a huge thanks to Sarah Hyland France (shyland.org) I present to you stills from 10×11 and 10×12 as well.
Double the love! Sarah Hyland‘s Modern Family character Haley Dunphy has twins on the way.
In PEOPLE’s exclusive sneak peek at Wednesday’s episode, a newly pregnant Haley hears two heartbeats for the first time during an ultrasound appointment — and the idea of carrying two babies doesn’t exactly sit well at first.
“A baby with two hearts?” Haley, with mom Claire (Julie Bowen) and boyfriend Dylan (Reid Ewing) next to her, asks the doctor. “I didn’t know I was pregnant when I ate that brownie.”
“That’s impossible,” she continues. “It’s a mistake. I can’t have twins. That’s twice as many babies as we were expecting. How are they going to fit in our place? How are they going to fit in my body? One is always going to be awake. I’ll never sleep again. And those double strollers are so wide, I can say goodbye to ever shopping in a boutique.”
But, not to worry! Mama Dunphy steps in to save the day. “Haley, everything is going to be okay,” Claire says. “I’m way over my head,” Haley responds.
“You’re not alone,” Claire continues. “As you’re about to find out, being a mom is very complicated. Luckily there are these instincts that kick in, especially when your kid’s in trouble. So, if you’re overwhelmed, I’m right over your shoulder on the wings of a hummingbird.”
A couple months ago, Haley confronted her boyfriend about their situation and expressed her doubts.
“I’m freaked because I just found out I’m pregnant, and yes, I am a little mad at you,” she told Dylan, the father of the baby. “This is serious, and the only thing you can think about is combining our names into the perfect baby name.”
Modern Family returns with a new episode on January 16th, and here’s what you can expect:
Phil and Claire decide to take a cycling tour through Italy before they become grandparents, and Dylan (guest star Reid Ewing) introduces them to his mom who has an interesting past. Meanwhile, Cameron and Mitchell discover some interesting reading material in Lily’s room and decide to confront her about it, while Gloria and Jay discover their respective great uncles may have fought on opposing sides of a war.
By her count, Sarah Hyland, 28, has had about 16 surgeries. Six in the past 16 months or so—including a second kidney transplant, laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis, and surgery to correct an abdominal hernia.
Her first kidney transplant from 2012 was already public knowledge—her dad gave her one of his when she was 21. But much of the rest of her health history is not. After a few years of occasionally referencing medical issues without going into specifics, she is ready to share more. I’m in Los Angeles to interview her about it.
We’re tucked away in a back booth on the patio of the Polo Lounge. Magenta bougainvillea dot the space, but tree trunks wrapped in fairy lights and a slight bite in the air hint at autumn. Many of the Polo Lounge’s diners are familiar enough to make my brain itch. Hyland fits right in, having become a household name years ago thanks to her role as Haley Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family, the award-winning ensemble comedy that has been running for nearly a decade.
Our conversation, in many ways, is like any other conversation in which a writer (me) interviews a famous 20-something (her) for a celebrity profile (this one). We go to a fancy restaurant for an hour, and talk about the usual things that you’d expect from a story like this: career, love, family, body image, workouts, beauty routines. You know the drill—those mundane (yet somehow fascinating!) details of daily life for a normal celebrity with millions of Instagram followers.
In some important ways, though, this conversation is different. For Hyland, it is impossible to discuss the standard celebrity profile details without also discussing her lifetime of living with chronic illness, which has colored every facet of her life.
About that luminous career: When she started dialysis in February 2017, she chose a center near the Modern Family set, so she could more easily balance work and life. About that love: She met her current boyfriend in person for the first time just three days before undergoing a second kidney transplant in September 2017. About those beauty routines: She’s big into skin-care, and always trying out the newest beauty gadgets that might help with her facial swelling, a side effect of the medication she has to take for the rest of her life. Her health conditions don’t define her, of course. But they certainly have had an impact on the day-to-day.
As we talk, I keep noticing Hyland’s enormous eyes, framed in a fan of long, glorious lashes. Her large gold glasses magnify them, making them look even bigger. She reminds me of a woodland creature that has evolved to peak cuteness as a survival mechanism. I imagine David Attenborough narrating a nature show about life and death in an unforgiving landscape.
But being cute as hell and strong as hell aren’t mutually exclusive, an obvious fact that resonates more deeply the longer we talk. Hyland’s body has put her through the wringer, forcing her to confront her own lack of control and adjust her goals, expectations, relationships, and self-image to make space for her medical needs. Throughout it all, she has exhibited near-superhuman strength and perseverance. And yet, as Hyland points out, something she wishes more people would understand: “I’m just a human being.”
Hyland was born with kidney dysplasia, which essentially means her kidneys didn’t develop normally when she was in the womb. Kidney dysplasia causes your kidneys—those critical bean-shaped organs—to grow cysts. Those cysts can disrupt the kidneys from doing their job of filtering waste products out of your blood.
Some people with only one dysplastic kidney go on to have few, if any, health problems related to the condition. But Hyland’s kidney dysplasia was so severe that she went into kidney failure. Eventually, she needed a transplant. Her father donated one of his.
To the public, that was pretty much it: Hyland needed a kidney, her dad gave her one, case closed.
But here is what you don’t know.
In October 2016, Hyland’s body began to reject the kidney her father donated to save her life. “When you have an organ transplant, it’s basically a foreign thing in your body,” she explains. “Your immune system will want to attack it and be like, ‘What is this? This is not supposed to be here.’” She was overcome with fatigue, and experienced frequent fevers and infections. A visit to the doctor revealed that her level of the waste product creatinine, which your kidneys are meant to remove from your blood, was higher than it had been before the transplant.
“We did all of these tests and all of these treatments to try and save the kidney,” Hyland says. She shuttled in and out of the hospital for months. “Christmas break, New Year’s, Thanksgiving, my birthday, all of that spent in the hospital,” she says. None of the treatments took. Her medical team compared the transplanted kidney to a home that had caught on fire. As Hyland notes, “You can’t un-burn a house.”
On Valentine’s Day of 2017, Hyland went on dialysis, which is when a machine filters blood for you because your kidneys can’t. It was her first time on dialysis. This required implanting a device called a port into her chest to connect to the dialysis machine. The chest port was visible underneath Hyland’s skin, leading a lot of people to think she had an injury like a broken collar bone. Nope. Just the port. “I called it my tube titty,” Hyland says.
Dialysis was a life-saving slog; Hyland was hooked up to a machine three times a week for four hours per session. Her weight dropped, prompting invasive public speculation. She got sciatica (severe pain radiating from the lower back). Her face swelled up due to immunosuppressant drugs, and fluid retention caused her blood pressure to spike enough to damage her vision, which already wasn’t great.
Hyland responded to this new medical dependence by exerting her independence wherever she possibly could, such as by fitting in dialysis around her shooting schedule. Hence her choosing the dialysis center closest to the Modern Family set. “That’s why I’m so independent,” she says. “In some areas of my life, I literally have no choice but to be dependent. I’ve been going through this for 28 years, and I still am learning how to let go of control and how to be patient.”
‘Modern Family’s Nolan Gould Reveals Who He Thinks Will Get Married 1st: Ariel Winter Or Sarah Hyland?
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Will Ariel Winter or Sarah Hyland walk down the aisle first? Their ‘Modern Family’ co-star, Nolan Gould, shared his prediction with HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY, and our sources agree!
Are those wedding bells Nolan Gould‘s hearing? The Modern Family star, 20, dished on his co-stars, Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winters‘, relationships during an EXCLUSIVE interview with HollywoodLife at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball on Nov. 30. Obviously, both Sarah and Ariel have been dating their respective boyfriends, Wells Adams and LeviMeaden, for quite some time, so we had to ask Nolan who he thinks will get married first, and he had quite the prediction! “If I had to guess, I would say — this is probably going to go viral — I would say Sarah. She’s just a little older and she’s just at that place in her life. Not that Ariel isn’t. She’s super happy and super mature, but I think Sarah may be a little bit older to make those decisions,” he revealed before adding, “I know [she and Wells are] really happy. I’ve known her for 10 years — It’s been a while since I’ve seen her like this. Yeah, it would be awesome. They can go start a modern family of their own!”
Interestingly, our sources agree! HollywoodLife recently learned — EXCLUSIVELY — that friends are convinced the Bachelor In Paradise star, 34, and his lady love, 28, will be getting engaged soon! “Sarah and Wells have the most amazing relationship, it’s the healthiest and most nurturing one she’s ever had, and Wells is such a supportive and loving boyfriend,” a source close to Sarah told us. “For the first time in her life Sarah can actually envision herself settling down and getting married. Sarah can even see herself starting a family with Wells.”
“Sometimes she really can’t believe she’s met somebody so beautiful and loving, and it’s only since she started truly loving herself that she’s been able to accept somebody like Wells into her life. Sarah and Wells have discussed the issue of marriage, it’s definitely on the cards at some point in the future, and all their friends are betting on a proposal happening before the end of next year,” our source continued.
So it sounds like Nolan many be onto something! And if he, and our sources, are correct, could we please get an invite? Sarah and Wells’ wedding would be so fun!
Sarah and Wells have been dating for a little over a year now, and Ariel, 20, and actor Levi, 31, have been dating for two!
We’ve just gotten our first gift of the season—three of them, actually. A trio of star-studded TV specials are coming to ABC and Disney Channel, beginning Thursday, November 29. Not only will the TV events bring the sights and sounds of the holidays at Disney parks right to your home, but they’ll also feature exclusive looks at upcoming attractions and experiences coming to the Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Here’s what we know about the three specials:
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration — Thursday, November 29 (9–11 p.m. EST on ABC and on the ABC app)
Jordan Fisher—singer, songwriter and Dancing with the Stars: Juniors host—and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland host the magical two-hour event from the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. Jesse Palmer returns as Disneyland host for this star-studded prime-time celebration chock full of musical performances, special appearances and, of course, Disney holiday magic—including an incredible castle-lighting spectacular from Disney Parks around the globe from Florida and California to Paris, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
Musical performances include:
Multi-Grammy® Award-winning superstar Gwen Stefani lights up the night with “Feliz Navidad.”
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter Meghan Trainor performs a medley of her hits.
CMA Award-winning country artist Brett Eldredge, joined by Meghan Trainor, sing the classic holiday duet “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from Eldredge’s album Glow.
Andrea Bocelli shares his unmistakable voice, singing a Christmas classic; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform their beautiful new duet, “Fall on Me,” from Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
Jordan Fisher performs his Christmas hit, “Come December.”
Grammy Award-nominated artist Aloe Blacc performs his debut single, “I Got Your Christmas Right Here,” from his first-ever holiday album, Christmas Funk, out November 9.
American Idol winner Maddie Poppe sings “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Chart-topping, breakout music group Why Don’t We performs a medley of the classic “Silent Night” and their original holiday song “Hey Good Lookin.”
Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade(Tuesday, December 25, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. EST, 9–11 a.m. CST/MST/PST; airtimes vary, check listings, on ABC and on the ABC app)
Who doesn’t love a Disney Christmas Parade? Hosts Jordan Fisher and Sarah Hyland share a magical holiday tradition—the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade—with families around the globe. Co-hosted by Jesse Palmer, the celebration will be merrier than ever before, bringing together the adored Christmas Day parade, special musical performances, surprise celebrity guests, and heartwarming family stories to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Joining the festivities as parade correspondents are Freeform’s grown-ish actor Trevor Jackson and star of Freeform’s upcoming series Good Trouble, Cierra Ramirez.
Musical performances include the following:
Gwen Stefani performs “Winter Wonderland” from her Christmas album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas.
Brett Eldredge sings the holiday classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Andrea Bocelli sings the incredibly moving “Ave Maria”; then Andrea is joined by his son, Matteo Bocelli, to perform “White Christmas.”
Host Jordan Fisher performs “This Christmas.”
Aloe Blacc performs “Tell Your Mama” from his first holiday album, Christmas Funk, out November 9.
Freeform’s Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger star and Hollywood Records artist Olivia Holt sings a holiday tune.
American Idol winner Maddie Poppe celebrates the season with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Disney’s dynamic a cappella group DCappella performs the popular Christmas hit “Last Christmas.”
Why Don’t We performs “Kiss You This Christmas” from their holiday album, A Why Don’t We Christmas.
Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade airs as part of Disney|ABC’s company-wide 25 Days of Christmas programming event—and it’s a tradition that we’ve long held dear. Stay tuned for more details as they’re announced!
Sarah is well known for her charity work. Years ago she started working with No Kid Hungry and attends their annual dinners to keep supporting them. Last night (October 26th) Sarah attended the Los Angeles dinner. During the event she talked with The Hollywood Reporter about several things:
Sarah on the latest Modern Family episode:
There’s so many things I loved about that storyline. I think especially the idea of a brother and sister having a very different relationship to the family member that has passed and being able to come to solid ground on how they feel.
Sarah on the end of Modern Family:
It’s going to be hard to say goodbye. [About how she wants Haley to be at the end of the show. THR wrote: She hopes by the finale, Haley grows up and learns responsibility.] “I think it’s about five years past her time.
Sarah on her work with No Kid Hungry:
I’m so proud to have been a part of this organization for so long, and I’m really proud to be here tonight thinking back at that crazy little dinner that we had. Here we are eight years later.