For a few seconds earlier this season, it looked like Sarah Hyland’s character of Haley Dunphy was being written out of the popular ABC comedy “Modern Family.” Haley had left home to go to college, which is not always a good sign. On the classic TV show “Happy Days,” Richie Cunnigham’s older brother went upstairs to his room in one episode and never came back down.
There’s no need to worry about the petite actress who’s destined to play the younger sister of Mila Kunis one day. After a few episodes where she was Skyped into the scenes, Haley was sent home after she fell on a police officer.
During an interview with Hyland to talk about her work in the movie “Struck By Lightning” — starring and written by Clovis East graduate Chris Colfer — Hyland says her days of being connected via computer to her TV family were really the easiest work days she’s every had. And despite only being 22 years old, she’s got a long list of work experience to compare to the “Modern Family” work she’s currently doing.
“It was great. They had me in a fake dorm room set,” Hyland says. “All I had to do was sit there and talk.”
Despite not actually being on the same set as her co-stars, like any good actress, Hyland memorized her lines. She soon realized that was a waste of time.
“There was one line of dialogue I just kept having trouble with so I taped the script pages to the side of the computer,” Hyland says. “That’s when I realized that I could just put all my lines up there and read them.”
She didn’t get to resort to that tactic as Haley came home and now she shares her scenes with fellow actors on the same set.