Sarah Hyland Talks ‘Modern Family,’ Body Shaming, and Her Budding Singing Career

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It was only a few months ago that Modern Family star Sarah Hyland was fending over online haters for her unusually thin appearance.

But ever since her notorious anti-bullying tweet telling off the trolls, Sarah has more support than ever. After telling folks to back off, she said,

“A lot of fans reached out and were very appreciative of what I said. That was the only thing that really meant something to me. I wanted to give others confidence in themselves because I know sometimes it’s hard to find. I got a lot of feedback from women and men who are either going through chemo or dialysis or a bunch of things that have made them lose weight and they can’t gain it. I got a lot of people saying they gained a bunch of weight and they can’t lose it but it’s because of their health. But I completely understand and it was really nice to hear those stories so we could be there together as a community.”

In addition to inspiring her fans around the world, Sarah has also inspired her costar and TV sis Ariel Winter, who has also dealt with her fair share of online bullies. Hyland to Refinery29,

“I would like to think that I have been a good influence on her for the past eight years. She was nine years old when she started, and I was eighteen, so I’d already been through actually bullying at school and girlfriends sleeping with boyfriends, and stabbing you in the back. Of course, we talk about things like that. We’re females and we like to empower each other.”

When she’s not busy role modeling for practically everyone, she’s shooting Modern Family, working on her third campaign for Candie’s, or releasing new music.

Although she refused to confirm that she’s working on an album, she did admit,

“I’ve been writing a lot and that’s all I’ll say. I don’t want to push the cart before the horse.”

Meanwhile, she’ll keep her day job as Haley Dunphy, which has, of course, been life-changing.

“I hope that the legacy goes on to show that we are a show that opened barriers for a lot of people. I’ve met a lot of people that have been very judgmental their whole lives, and because of Modern Family, they’ve opened their eyes a little bit. I literally, shit you not, [have met people] who have been like ‘I won’t let my kids watch the show because of the gays and I don’t want them to know about gay people.’ But [the characters] actually seem like real people, and like a real family. It’s still the greatest thing in the world to hear that we opened up their eyes to show that we’re all equal, and we’re all here to love one another and to live as normal a life as possible with our families.”

Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.