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Martha Plimpton On "The Real O'Neals"
BY DONNA FREYDKIN

"I tend to speak my mind and shoot from the hip. I'm not a shrinking violet," says Martha Plimpton.

No kidding. And that's only been to her benefit. Plimpton surmises that that's one of the reasons she was cast as Eileen O'Neal, in ABC's Tuesday sitcom "The Real O'Neals," about a devout Catholic family dealing with some inconvenient truths. One kid is gay. Another is a thief. And the parents are breaking up, with dad living in the basement.

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Suffice to say, superficially at least, she has nothing in common with her character, matriarch Eileen, a woman whose love is as fierce as is her sense of right and wrong.

"We may be opposite in external ways. I do believe that there is a common humanity in all of us, which is easily accessed if we just quiet down for a minute and listen. For that reason, I really wanted to play this part. I have no objection to playing someone who thinks the way Eileen does. And I have no interest in mocking her. That was a concern that many people had, that perhaps we'd be making fun of people of faith. That's not the case," says Plimpton.

The actress has been doing lauded stage and screen work since breaking out in 1985's "The Goonies," following that up with her turn as a surly, rebellious daughter in 1989's "Parenthood" and most recently, earning an Emmy nomination for playing a grandma (yes, really) on the series "Raising Hope." And when she's not working, Plimpton is a vocal advocate for abortion rights, co-founding the organization A Is For....

Her goal is to connect with people in the center. "They may not believe abortion is right or good, but they're still not comfortable with women being prevented from making their own choices. They're still uncomfortable with the state getting involved with people's personal medical decisions," she says.

The comments she gets on social media are about what you'd expect: "It's the standard feedback. It's either total haters or total supporters."

Plimpton is well-informed, fluently discussing the complex and emotional issues involved in abortion rights. "Education is a huge part of it. Having frank discussions about it is critical. The silencing and the shame that's inflicted on people who want to talk openly about it is completely inappropriate," she says.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actor Eric Stonestreet attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
Wednesday night, we finally got to feast our eyes on that highly anticipated 'Modern Family' episode that was shot mostly on iPhone and iPad cameras.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Sarah Hyland is seen on the set of 'Modern Family' on September 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Marco Polo' - The Dunphys move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl, and Cameron is under a lot of pressure to maintain his team's winning streak but when he realizes Mitchell may be a jinx, emotions run high, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Marco Polo' - The Dunphys move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl, and Cameron is under a lot of pressure to maintain his team's winning streak but when he realizes Mitchell may be a jinx, emotions run high, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Marco Polo' - The Dunphys move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl, and Cameron is under a lot of pressure to maintain his team's winning streak but when he realizes Mitchell may be a jinx, emotions run high, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Marco Polo' - The Dunphys move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl, and Cameron is under a lot of pressure to maintain his team's winning streak but when he realizes Mitchell may be a jinx, emotions run high, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)
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GOOD MORNING AMERICA - (9.22.14) Actress Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo and VP of design Elliot Staples discuss the new 'The Scandal Collection' at The Limited; actress Sofia Vergara ('Modern Family'); actor Ioan Gruffudd ('Forever'); GMA's 'Upgrade Your Morning' series kicks off. 'Good Morning America' airs Monday-Friday (7:00a.m. - 9:00a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) SOFIA VERGARA
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - (9.22.14) Actress Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo and VP of design Elliot Staples discuss the new 'The Scandal Collection' at The Limited; actress Sofia Vergara ('Modern Family'); actor Ioan Gruffudd ('Forever'); GMA's 'Upgrade Your Morning' series kicks off. 'Good Morning America' airs Monday-Friday (7:00a.m. - 9:00a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) SOFIA VERGARA
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actresses Sarah Hyland, Sofía Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet and Ed O'Neill, winners of the Outstanding Comedy Series Award for 'Modern Family' pose in the press room during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actors Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez and Ed O'Neill, winners of the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for 'Modern Family', pose backstage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: (Back row L-R) Moderator Will Marfuggi of E! News, actor Ed O'Neill, creator/writer Steven Levitan, actors Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, (front row L-R) Executive producer Megan Ganz, actors Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and writer Abraham Higginbotham attend a 'Modern Family' Wedding episode screening at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: (Back row L-R) Moderator Will Marfuggi of E! News, actor Ed O'Neill, creator/writer Steven Levitan, actors Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, (front row L-R) Executive producer Megan Ganz, actors Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and writer Abraham Higginbotham attend a 'Modern Family' Wedding episode screening at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Creator/writer Steven Levitan, writer Abraham Higginbotham and actors Nolan Gould, Ed O'Neill, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julie Bowen, Sarah Hyland, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonetreet and Ty Burrell attend a 'Modern Family' Wedding episode screening at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Actors Ed O'Neill, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julie Bowen, Sarah Hyland, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonetreet and Ty Burrell attend a 'Modern Family' Wedding episode screening at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Cast and crew of "Modern Family" pose in the press room with the award for outstanding comedy series at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
From left, Rico Rodriguez, Julie Bowen, Ariel Winter, Sofia Vergara, Ed O'Neill, Sarah Hyland, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Nolan Gould and Ty Burrell accept the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for "Modern Family" at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
From Left, Ty Burrell, Ed O'neill, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson pose with their awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for "Modern Family" in the press room at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
"Modern Family" cast, co-creators and producers celebrate production of the 100th episode of the groundbreaking and Emmy award-winning comedy series, from left back row, cast members Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sofia Vergara, TCFTV chairman Gary Newman, co-creators Chris Lloyd and Steve Levitan, cast member Ed O'Neill, TCFTV chairman Dana Walden, president ABC Entertainment Group Paul Lee, cast members Eric Stone Street, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, from left front row, cast members Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland and Rico Rodriguez, on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Television/AP Images)
From left, "Modern Family" cast members Nolan Gould, Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Rico Rodriguez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet and the entire writing staff, perform a LIVE table read of the season five premiere episode for an audience of hundreds of Television Academy members, on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 on the Fox Lot in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for 20th Century Fox/AP Images)
From left, "Modern Family" cast members and creators, Producer Steve Levitan, Chairman 20th Century Fox Television Dana Walden, actors Ed O'Neill, Nolan Gould, Sofia Vergara, Chairman 20th Century Fox Television Gary Newman, actors Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, Ty Burrell, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and producer Christopher Lloyd attend a LIVE table read of the season five premiere episode for an audience of hundreds of Television Academy members, on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 on the Fox Lot in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for 20th Century Fox/AP Images)
From left, "Modern Family" cast members Sofia Vergara, Rico Rodriguez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet perform a LIVE table read of the season five premiere episode for an audience of hundreds of Television Academy members, on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 on the Fox Lot in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for 20th Century Fox/AP Images)
From left, "Modern Family" cast members Julie Bowen, Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara, perform a LIVE table read of the season five premiere episode for an audience of hundreds of Television Academy members, on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 on the Fox Lot in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for 20th Century Fox/AP Images)
The cast of "Modern Family", from left, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen, Sofía Vergara, Sarah Hyland , Ty Burrell, background, Nolan Gould, Ed O'Neill, background second left, Rico Rodriguez, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, foreground purple dress, and Eric Stonestreet, right, winners of the best outstanding comedy series, pose backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
From right, Sofia Vergara, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ariel Winter, Ed O'Neill, Sarah Hyland, Ty Burrell, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, and Julie Bowen pose backstage with the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for "Modern Family" at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday Jan. 29, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Steven Levitan, center, and the producers and cast of "Modern Family" accept the award for outstanding comedy series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Gail Mancuso accepts the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series for her work on “Modern Family” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. Looking on from left are Justin Mikita, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Julie Bowen. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Steven Levitan, center, and the cast and producers of "Modern Family" accept the award for outstanding comedy series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Steven Levitan, center, and the cast and producers of "Modern Family" accept the award for outstanding comedy series at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Sofia Vergara, and from left, Sarah Hyland and Jesse Tyler Ferguson pose in the press room with the award for outstanding comedy series for "Modern Family" at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Sarah Hyland, and from left, Sofia Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Ed O'Neill and Ty Burrell pose in the press room with the award for outstanding comedy series for "Modern Family" at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Gail Mancuso accepts the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series for her work on “Modern Family” at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. Looking on from left are Justin Mikita, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Ty Burrell accepts the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role in “Modern Family” at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
EXCLUSIVE - Gail Mancuso poses with the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series for her work on "Modern Family" at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE TELEVISION ACADEMY - EXCLUSIVE - Jesse Tyler Ferguson, left, and Sarah Hyland pose after winning outstanding comedy series for "Modern Family" at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Tonya Wise/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Eric Stonestreet, and from left, Sofia Vergara, Sarah Hyland, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ariel Winter, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and the crew of "Modern Family" pose in the press room with the award for outstanding comedy series at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, right, who plays Mitchell Pritchett and Ty Burrell , left, who plays Phil Dunphy from the U.S. TV series Modern Family pose for photographers on the red carpet during a social event in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. The series cast are in Sydney to shoot the Australian episodes. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Ty Burrell poses with the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series and the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series for "Modern Family" in the press room at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Sofía Vergara poses with the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for "Modern Family" in the press room at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
The cast of "Modern Family" poses with their awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for "Modern Family" in the press room at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
From left, Julie Bowen, Ariel Winter, Sofia Vergara, Eric Stonestreet, and Ed O'Neill accept the award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series for "Modern Family" at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
Sarah Hyland and Ty Burrell attend USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Sofia Vergara attends USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Ed O'Neill attends USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Sofia Vergara attends USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Ariel Winter, left, and Nolan Gould arrive at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Alexandra Shapiro, left, and Julie Bowen arrive at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
From left, Chris Lloyd, Alexandra Shapiro, and Steve Levitan arrive at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Rico Rodriguez arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Nolan Gould arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ariel Winter arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ariel Winter arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Rico Rodriguez arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Eric Stonestreet arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Eric Stonestreet arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ed O'Neill arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ed O'Neill arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ty Burrell arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sarah Hyland arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sarah Hyland arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ed O'Neill arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sofia Vergara arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Sofia Vergara arrives at "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatres on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, and Sarah Hyland attend USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Ed O'Neill, Sarah Hyland, Ty Burrell, and Julie Bowen attend USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Julie Bowen, left, and Ty Burrell attend USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Julie Bowen attends USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Sofia Vergara and Sarah Hyland attend USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Cast members, from left, Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson attend USA Network's "Modern Family" Fan Appreciation Day at the Westwood Village Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Jay & Gloria's dog "Stella" celebrates "Modern Family's" 100th episode at a celebratory cake cutting and champagne toast on the Emmy award-winning show's soundstages, on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox Television/AP Images)
Steven Levitan (4th from R) with producers, winners of outstanding comedy series for 'Modern Family,' pose backstage with the award for XXX at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Steven Levitan, center, and the cast and crew of "Modern Family" accept the award for outstanding comedy series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Phil McCarten/Invision for Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/AP Images)
Gail Mancuso kisses cast members before accepting the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series for her work on “Modern Family” at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre on Sunday Sept. 22, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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