She may play her sister, Alex, on the hit show Modern Family, but Ariel Winter tells In Touch that off the screen, she and her co-stars have been like actual family for Sarah Hyland this year while Sarah has been enduring domestic abuse by former boyfriend Matt Prokop.
“We all love Sarah [who plays Haley] very much,” Ariel exclusively tells In Touch in its the new issue, adding that the cast is “super close. We love each other to ridiculous amounts. It’s pretty amazing.”
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As soon as the cast found out the severity of the situation, her TV family became her real family. “Sarah never told anyone the extent of the abuse until this year,” a source explains to In Touch. “When she did, her TV family banded together and never left her side.”
And they’ll continue to stay by Sarah’s side. “[Julie Bowen] treats Sarah like a real-life mother [would] — she’s very protective,” says the insider. “That’s never going to change.”