Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy last night (September 18) for her portrayal of Claire Dunphy, the neurotic mother-of-three. In real life, Julie is also a mom-of-three (she and husband Scott Phillips have a 4-year-old son, Oliver, and 2-year-old twin boys, John and Gus) and she says her experiences as a parent help her with her role.
“If I wasn’t a mom, I think it’d be harder to understand what it is to live with a child and hate and love them all at once,” the 41-year-old actress told Us Weekly. “Claire does that with her kids, and I do that with mine.”
“I love them so much,” she added. “There’s always this undercurrent of love, but there are moments when I really wouldn’t mind if a giant hook just pulled them off the stage of my life!” she laughed.
“I think that’s how Claire feels. But if I wasn’t a parent, I think that dichotomy would confuse me.”