Modern Family’s Ty Burrell Credits the Writers for His Emmy Nomination: “I don’t think you have this kind of consistency without really exceptional writing”

Ty Burrell has found the role of a lifetime as Phil Dunphy on ABC’s hit sitcom, Modern Family.  He won an Emmy last year for his portrayal, and he’s been nominated again this year.  But Burrell claims he owes his success to the writers.

He told Arts Beat, “I don’t think you have this kind of consistency without really exceptional writing.  One of our cast things, after our table reads, is we all walk back to the soundstage just going, ‘Man, I can’t believe they did it again.’”

Most of the show is taken from the writers’ real lives.  Some is taken from the actors, “but not to the extent that the writers do,” Burrell said.  “It’s probably 10 percent from the cast and 90 percent from the writers.  As a parent I relate much more to the Mitch and Cam storyline because I have two little kids.  So all the toddler stuff.”

But some of Burrell has leaked into the character.  “I have a tendency, when I either get stressed out or very excited, I become really blinky.  I’m a very blinky creature at the extremes of my moods.  So that was in an episode toward the end of the season.”

Incidentally, Burrell and the cast of Modern Family are currently involved in a salary dispute with ABC that may affect the current season of the show.

The Emmy’s will air September 23.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/laura-linney-genuis.jpg
Laura Linney: “The thing that makes the theater different from any other art form: it’s time”
Linney cast's some light on why revivals in theater are looked at differently than their television and film counterparts.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/corey-hawkins.jpg
Corey Hawkins: “I grew up a theater nerd”
"The fun of it and the challenge of it is to take the play — to take the text — and make it your own, to find it your own way" - Corey Hawkins on Theater
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/sally-field-the-glass-menagerie.jpg
Sally Field on Performing on Broadway: “You’re so totally and utterly and completely alive”
Field reveals how the lack of intermission helps her maintain her energy and why she decided to return to Broadway after a nearly 15-year break.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/watch-sag-conversations-with-geo.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations with Geoffrey Rush of ‘Genius’
Rush speaks at length about his career and portraying who many consider to be the wisest man of the 20th century.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Ben-Platt-Dear-Evan-Hansen.jpg
Ben Platt on How He Found Himself Starring in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
"Every day is a different sort of vibe and feeling. It can be impacted by anything from like, "Is it raining outside?" to "Are there a lot of old people?"" - Ben Platt