Sarah Hyland cried while watching shocking 'Modern Family' death episode (Exclusive)

Fans weren’t the only ones getting emotional about Modern Family’s recent death shocker.

Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley on the ABC series, shed her own tears while watching Wednesday’s Halloween-themed episode, which revealed the death of Jay’s (Ed O’Neill) ex-wife and Claire (Julie Bowen) and Mitchell’s (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) mother, DeDe, played by Shelley Long.

“I thought it was an amazing episode. It made me cry,” Hyland told ET’s Katie Krause at the No Kid Hungry event in Los Angeles, California, on Friday. “Ed O’Neill is just so brilliant. He always makes me cry. There’s just something about an old man crying that gets me. And, especially when it’s my grandpa.”

“Julie and Jesse were just so brilliant and it was funny, it was sad, it was tearful -- but happy tears,” she continued. “And, the thing that kills me the most in that episode was the letter of how DeDe died. I loved it. It was a good episode.”

While Hyland’s social media posts about the episode caused some viewers to complain that she teased and ruined the storyline for them, Hyland laughed, “Oh, just you wait,” in response.

Hyland also shared how the copious amounts of junk food which she ate during the episode made her sick, but instilled some valuable lessons for future parenthood. 

“There was this scene where [I'm eating] Twizzlers [and] I don’t like licorice -- it makes me want to vomit. So, we’re walking up the stairs and I have to be, like, talking non-stop, eating Twizzlers. I almost threw up, like, three times,” she said. “And there’s this scene where I’m having a lollipop and eating all of the chocolate and then spraying whipped cream into my mouth from the can, and oh my goodness, I ate my entire weight in candy -- which on a Friday night is completely normal for me to be doing while crying watching, like, Bridget Jones’s Diary.”

“But when you’re doing it because you have to, it takes the fun out of it and god bless Sophia [Vergara] -- I love her -- but she couldn’t say this one line and I kept having the whipped cream in my mouth and had to swallow, then do it again,” she added. “This is sounding weird, but I went home and was in so much pain. I was like, ‘This is what adults say to you as a kid -- don’t eat too much candy, it’ll upset your stomach.’ And, now I’m going to be that mom that’s like, ‘Don’t eat the candy.’”

While Hyland doesn’t have any immediate plans to become a candy-restricting parent with her boyfriend and “knight in shining armor,” Bachelor Nation star Wells Adams, she did admit that she’s thinking about motherhood, just “not anytime soon.”

In the meantime, she’s doing her part to help those kids who are less fortunate than others, supporting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, in hopes of raising awareness that one in six children go hungry in the United States. Hyland says the movement has helped provide 775 million meals to needy children since launching eight years ago.

“I’ve been involved with this program since 2010 -- I remember doing a photo shoot with Hailee Steinfeld when we both were babies, Hyland recalled. “But she was even more of a baby and now she’s a woman and I’m terrified of it! But, it’s crazy that it’s been eight years. It’s just so amazing and a testament to this program what people can do to end things that should have an end be put to them, like child hunger."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 16: The cast attend the FYC Event For ABC's 'Modern Family' at Avalon on April 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 16: The cast attend the FYC Event For ABC's 'Modern Family' at Avalon on April 16, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: The Cast of Modern Family along with show runners attend ABC Celebrates The 200th Episode Of 'Modern Family' at Fox Studios on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03: (L-R) Nolan Gould, Steven Levitan, Ariel Winter, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell attend the 'Modern Family' ATAS event at Saban Media Center on May 3, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 03: Actress Julie Bowen and actor Ty Burrell attend the 'Modern Family' ATAS event at Saban Media Center on May 3, 2017 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Modern Family' cast members Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy), Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy), and Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy) talk about their favorite scenes from Season 9 of the show with show co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan, at an FYC event held Monday (April 16) at the Avalon Hollywood, hosted by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC. (Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) SARAH HYLAND
MODERN FAMILY - 'Modern Family' cast members Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy), Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Mitchell Pritchett), Eric Stonestreet (Cameron Tucker), Sarah Hyland (Haley Dunphy), Nolan Gould (Luke Dunphy), and Ariel Winter (Alex Dunphy) talk about their favorite scenes from Season 9 of the show with show co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan, at an FYC event held Monday (April 16) at the Avalon Hollywood, hosted by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC. (Todd Wawrychuk/ABC via Getty Images) JULIE BOWEN
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: 'Modern Family' cast and crew Nolan Gould, Eric Stonestreet, Ariel Winter, Sofia Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ed O'Neill, Julie Bowen; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rico Rodriguez, Sarah Hyland and writer/producer Steven Levitan pose in the NBC/People photo booth during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Larry Busacca/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: (L-R) Actors Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Ariel Winter, Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, and Ed O'Neill, winners of Ouststanding Comedy Series for 'Modern Family' pose in the press room at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Steve Levitan (C) and cast and crew of 'Modern Family' appear onstage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Producer Steve Levitan (C) and cast and crew of 'Modern Family' appear onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Cast and crew on set during filming for the American sitcom 'Modern Family' on location near the Park Hyatt hotel in The Rocks, on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Craig Greenhill/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Sarah Hyland poses at the Modern Family Media Call at The Sebel on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The cast from the popular television program are in Australia filming their Australian vacation episode. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 20: Nicholas Loeb and Sofa Vergara arrive at the Modern Family Media Call at The Sebel on February 20, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. The cast from the popular television program are in Australia filming their Australian vacation episode. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: The cast of 'Modern Family' on stage at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/FilmMagic)
The cast of 'Modern Family,' winner of the Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series award, poses in the press room at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 18, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: The cast of 'Modern Family' attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Actors Sarah Hyland, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, Julie Bowen and Ed O'Neill, winners of Outstanding Comedy Series for 'Modern Family,' pose in the press room at the 65th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Actress Sofia Vergara (2nd-R) and the cast of 'Modern Family' pose in the press room after winning Outstanding Comedy on September 22, 2013 during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 included the cast of ABC's 'Modern Family' and musical guest Korn. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JESSE TYLER FERGUSON, ERIC STONESTREET, ED O'NEILL, SOFIA VERGARA, TY BURRELL, JULIE BOWEN
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: The cast of 'Modern Family' onstage during the 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Actors Ariel Winter, Ed O'Neill, Sofia Vergara, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, Nolan Gould, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ty Burrell and Sarah Hyland of the cast of 'Modern Family,' winners of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series award, pose in the press room during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO -- Guests: The Cast of Modern Family -- Pictured: (l-r) Jesse Tyler Ferguson, James Lipton, Eric Stonestreet (Photo by Anthony Behar/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO -- Guests: The Cast of Modern Family -- Pictured: (l-r) Ed O'Neill, James Lipton, Sofia Vergara (Photo by Anthony Behar/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 29: Cast & Crew of 'Modern Family' accept the Outstanding Comedy Series award onstage at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 29: Cast and crew of 'Modern Family', winners of the Outstanding Comedy Series Award pose in the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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