The ABC mockumentary sitcom Modern Family has easily become one of the nation’s most beloved comedy series since its first season began back in 2009. Nine years and nine seasons have passed, and Modern Family has yet to stop making us laugh out loud.
Over the years, us dedicated fans have grown attached to our favorite TV family, so much in fact that it is hard to believe that they aren’t an actual family in real life (although we truly wish that they were and that we could be part of it!) Of course, we know better than that, it is just television after all.
Most of us are probably well-aware of the fact that despite the insanely spot-on chemistry between the talented cast members, the actors and actresses of Modern Family have their own families, lives, and romances off the set.
While it may be hard to imagine Phil without Claire, Cam without Mitch, or Jay without Gloria – the actors and actresses who portray these characters have some pretty interesting and special relationships off the screen as well. Even the children of the series, who have grown up into young adults before our very eyes, have romantic relationships of their own.
Ed O’Neill and Catherine Rusoff – married
Although Modern Family fans may be used to seeing the Pritchett family patriarch Jay next to his feisty Colombian wife Gloria, in real life, Ed O’Neill has had a different sweetheart for over 30 years! The actor got married to his wife Catherine Rusoff in 1986. Catherine had a brief acting career herself in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and even appeared in a couple episodes with her then newlywed husband in Married with Children. Since then, it seems like she has retired from the industry. The couple has two daughters, Sophia, 19, and Claire, 22. Sophia is also an actress, who starred in a 2017 thriller called An American Funeral.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello – married
Sofia Vergara, who plays Jay’s gorgeous and fun-loving wife Gloria, tied the knot to fellow actor and former True Blood star Joe Manganiello in 2015. The stunning pair got hitched in a lavish Palm Beach wedding after getting engaged on Christmas day in 2014 after six months of dating. Of course, many of her Modern Family co-stars attended in order to help celebrate their friend’s big day. Following the wedding, Sofia gushed about her husband to Ellen DeGeneres while appearing as a guest on her show saying, “I must have done something really, really right in my life to get that reward.” The two are now considered one of Hollywood’s It couples.
Julie Bowen and Scott Phillips – separated
There is no denying that Julie Bowen, who portrays Claire Dunphy, has some serious and hilarious on-screen chemistry with her TV husband Phil (Ty Burrell). However, off-screen, she has been married to real estate investor and software developer Scott Phillips since 2004. The couple are now parents to three sons, Oliver, 11, and eight-year-old twin boys John and Gustav. Unfortunately, after 13 years of marriage the pair called it quits in February 2017, and are currently finalizing their divorce.
Ty Burrell and Holly Burrell – married
Phil Dunphy, Claire’s loving husband and “cool dad” to their children Haley, Alex, and Luke is played by the talented Ty Burrell. In real life, Ty has been happily married to his wife Holly, who just so happens to work as a professional chef. However, before she was a chef, she was an aspiring actress, and met the future Modern Family star at a Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. when they were both first just starting out their acting careers.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita – married
Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays the adorable, slightly high-strung Mitchell Pritchett. On-screen, he may be known for his marriage with his outgoing, big-hearted husband Cameron (Eric Stonestreet), but off-screen he has a different man in his life. In 2013, Jesse got married to his longtime boyfriend Justin Mikita, a lawyer, in New York City. The beautiful couple are now preparing for the next chapter in their life, parenthood, and are hoping to become dads in the near future.
Eric Stonestreet and Lindsay Schweitzer – dating
Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker, has easily become one of the sitcom’s most lovable characters with his bubbly personality and overly theatrical nature. Although we have grown to adore his and Mitchell’s relationship and family, Eric, like his co-star, has a real-life partner of his own. Since the summer of 2017, Eric has been dating a pediatric nurse named Lindsay Schweitzer, who he met during a Big Slick charity event in Kansas City.
Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams – dating
Sarah Hyland portrays Claire and Phil’s oldest child, the pretty, and at times extremely self-absorbed, daughter Haley. Although Haley has made some pretty poor decisions when it comes to her dating life on-screen, in real-life the actress is currently in a very happy relationship with radio DJ and former The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise contestant Wells Adams. Apparently, they have Twitter to thank for their romance, which blossomed after Wells sent Sarah a direct message on her page.
Joe Mande and Kylie Augustine – married
Ben, Claire’s slightly awkward assistant and Alex’s former boyfriend, is portrayed by Joe Mande. Joe, who is also a stand up comedian and a talented writer who has worked on shows such as Parks and Recreation and The Good Place, got married to his longtime girlfriend Kylie Augustine in 2015. The pair had a low-key, intimate wedding with close friends and family, and have since been keeping their relationship private and out of the limelight.
Fred Willard and Mary Willard – married
Phil Dunphy’s easy-going and goofy father, Frank Dunphy is portrayed by the one and only Fred Willard. In real life, the comedic actor, known for his roles in films such as Anchorman and Best in Show, has been happily married to his wife of 50 years, Mary Willard. The two lovebirds got married back in 1968, and have been going strong ever since. Together, they have one daughter named Hope, and a grandson named Freddie.
Nathan Lane and Devlin Elliott – married
The renowned Broadway and film star Nathan Lane plays the recurring role of Sherman “Pepper” Saltzman, the often times snobby and judgmental friend of Mitch and Cam’s. In 2015, Nathan tied the knot with his boyfriend of 18 years, theatre producer Devlin Elliott, in New York City’s City Hall. Together, the power couple has teamed up to write two children’s books about a French bulldog named Mabel titled Naughty Mabel and Naughty Mabel Sees It All.
Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman – married
The charming and talented Elizabeth Banks plays Sal, the wild and sometimes bigoted close friend of Mitch and Cam. The Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect star has been married to her sportswriter, film producer, and blogger husband Max Handelman since 2003. He is known for writing the book Why Fantasy Football Matters: (And Our Lives Do Not). The couple are proud parents to two adorable sons, a seven-year-old named Felix and a five-year-old named Magnus.
Nathan Fillion and Krista Allen – rumored
Rainer Shine, the older weatherman that Haley meets and starts dating much to Phil’s displeasure, is played by Nathan Fillion. Nathan, who is known best for his longtime starring role as Richard Castle in the ABC crime-comedy drama Castle, was rumored to be dating former star of Baywatch and Days of Our Lives – not to mention George Clooney’s ex – Krista Allen. Although the two never officially confirmed their relationship status, many sources reported that the two were getting pretty serious.
Rob Riggle and Tiffany Riggle – married
Phil’s real estate rival Gil Thorpe is played by the hilarious Rob Riggle (from The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, and The Hangover). Since 2000, the comedic actor has been married to his wife Tiffany Riggle. Although not much is known about the pair, as they do prefer to keep their relationship away from the limelight, they do frequently step out on the red carpet together for movie premieres and award shows. The duo of 18 years has two children.
Benjamin Bratt and Talisa Soto – married
Benjamin Bratt portrays the role of Gloria’s charismatic ex-husband and Manny’s biological father – Javier Delgado. In real life, Benjamin has been married to model and actress Talisa Soto since 2002. The gorgoues movie star is probably most well-known for portraying Princess Kitana in the Mortal Kombat movies of the ’90s, and bond girl Lupe Lamora in 1989’s Licence to Kill. The good-looking pair now has two children, a 15-year-old daughter named Sophia and a 13-year-old son named Mateo.
David Cross and Amber Tamblyn – married
Star of the hit comedy series Arrested Development, David Cross, appeared in a few episodes during Modern Family’s third season, as the town councilman Duane Bailey who runs against Claire’s bid. David has been married to his wife, actress Amber Tamblyn (from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) since 2012. Despite the 20-year age difference between them, the couple claims they are happier than ever. In March 2017, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Marlow, into the world.
Andrea Anders and Matt LeBlanc – dated
Andrea Anders had a recurring role during season six as Amber, Phil and Claire’s loud and obnoxious new neighbor who moves in next door with her husband and two kids. Andrea famously dated Friends star Matt LeBlanc for eight years until calling it quits in January 2015. Andrea and Matt met while on the set of the actor’s Friends spin-off series Joey, and went public with their relationship in 2006, shortly after Matt separated from his wife of three years, Melissa McKnight.
Sarah Hyland and Dominic Sherwood – dated
Before Sarah was head over heels for her current boyfriend Wells Adams, she had a pretty serious relationship with Vampire Academy and Shadowhunters actor Dominic Sherwood. The beautiful duo surprised their fans in August 2017, after announcing that they had mutually decided to split up after a pretty hot and heavy two-year relationship filled with plenty of PDA. Sarah is not the only one who has since moved on, as Dominic is now dating British-South African supermodel Niamh Adkins.
Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden – dating
Ariel Winter grew up on the show as the intelligent, clever middle child Alex of the Dunphy family. Although when she began the series, she was just an adorable 11-year-old girl, she is now a young adult and has a love life of her own. She has been with her boyfriend Levi Meaden since November 2016. Levi, who is ten years Ariel’s senior, is also an actor and is known for his role in the Syfy series Aftermath.
Nolan Gould and Hannah Glasby – rumored
Although it is hard to believe, even the adorable and innocent Nolan Gould, who plays the youngest Dunphy child Luke, is all grown up and has started dating. Rumors spread during the summer of 2017 that the Modern Family actor was dating the stunning Australian fashion model Hannah Glasby. Although the relationship has yet to be confirmed, the two were spotted looking pretty cute together while holding hands and shopping at a farmers market in L.A.
Chris Geere and Jennifer Sawdon – married
Chris joined the cast of Modern Family this season as Alex’s adorable Professor Arvin Fennerman. On screen he might be dating Sarah Hyland (Haley), but in real life the You’re the Worst star is married to singer-songwriter Jennifer Sawdon. The cute couple married in 2010, and two years later welcomed their first son together, who they named Freddie. Chris is a welcomed addition to the show – although we do wish the quirky professor was dating Alex instead!
Philip Baker Hall and Holly Wolfle – dating
Philip Baker Hall has been acting for over 50 years now, and his career is still going strong at the age of 86. Hall appeared on a few episodes of the show, playing the role of Walt, the incredibly grumpy neighbor who lives next to the Dunphys, who befriended young Luke before passing away. The actor is dating Holly Wolfle today, and the two share two daughters together by the names of Anna and Adella.
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish – married
The hilarious Kevin Hart appeared on Modern Family in the role of Andre, Phil’s friend, who seems to be terrified of his wife. In real life, Kevin has been married to Eniko Parrish since 2016. After being extorted by a woman who threatened to release an intimate video of him, Kevin admitted publicly to have been unfaithful to his wife, saying he deeply regretted it. Kevin’s wife recently gave birth to their first child together, Kenzo Kash, and we’re hoping they manage to move on from their marital problems.
Chazz Palminteri and Gianna Ranaudo – married
You may remember Chazz Palminteri as Jay’s friend, Shorty. The two love giving each other a hard time, and are similarly married to wives younger than they are. Chazz has been married to actress Gianna Palminteri (formerly Ranaudo) since 1992. The couple lives in Bedford, New York, and have two children together, Dante Lorenzo and Gabriella Rose. The actor is a devout Catholic, and actually met his future wife during mass that was held in his church.
Andrew Daly and Carri Levinson – married
Andrew Daly played the role of Principal Brown, who called Claire in after Haley and Alex got in trouble, when Alex helped her sister cheat in their joined math class, instead of forming a “Super Dunphy” as their mother suggested. The 47-year-old actor and comedian is married to actress Carri Levinson. The lovely couple tied the knot back in 2004, and is currently residing in Los Angeles. Andrew and Carri also have two daughters together.
Jennifer Tilly and Phil Laak – dating
Jennifer Tilly plays Darlene, Shorty’s wife, on Modern Family. Like many roles Jennifer Tilly previously played, Darlene is outspoken and wonderfully colorful. In reality, Jennifer has been dating her long time boyfriend Phil Laak since 2004. Phil is a professional Irish poker player, and Jennifer is no stranger to the field either, with earnings of almost a million dollars in poker tournaments. The cute couple met at the World Poker Tour’s Celebrity Invitational Event, when Laak gave Tilly his number.
Stephanie Beatriz and Brad Hoss – engaged
The lovely Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, Stephanie Beatriz, appeared in three episodes of the show. She played Sonia, Gloria’s less fortunate and incredibly jealous sister, who had to stay in Colombia with their mother after Gloria moved to America. Stephanie’s boyfriend, actor Brad Hoss, proposed to her last October, in the middle of the first party they’ve hosted together for their friends and families. Brad thought they made a great team, Stephanie agreed, and the rest is history.
Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow – married
Leslie Mann made an appearance on Modern Family, when Cameron wanted to prove that he’s still got enough moves to get a woman’s phone number, and approaches Katie at the bar. The incredible comedy star is married to Judd Apatow, a film producer, writer, and director and stand-up comedian. The couple has been married for over 20 years, since 1997, and have two daughters together. The couple worked together on movies like Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40 – films in which their daughters also appeared.
James Marsden and Edei – dating
The talented Westworld dreamboat James Marsden played Barry on Modern Family – a homeless Reiki expert who showed up in Mitch and Cam’s hot-tub, letting them believe he was renting the upstairs apartment, when he was really living in Lily’s princess castle. James has been dating the British singer-songwriter Edei for over two years now, but the lovely couple is set on keeping their relationship as low key as possible, and rarely appear together in public.
Judy Greer and Dean E. Johnsen – married
Judy Greer makes a guest appearance on the show as Denise, Phil’s ex-girlfriend from high school, who’s been messaging him on Facebook. While Phil believes their correspondence is innocent, Claire tells him that Denise is into him – and as always, turns out to be right. In real life, Judy tied the knot with her television producer boyfriend Dean E. Johnsen in 2011, after the adorable couple met a year earlier on a blind date and hit it off.
Matt Dillon and Roberta Mastromichele – dating
Matt Dillon played Claire’s ex-boyfriend, Robbie Sullivan, on Modern Family. He was brought to dinner by Claire’s mother in order to reunite the two (despite Claire being married to Phil), but he and Claire’s mother ended up kissing. In reality, Matt is dating the lovely Italian actress Roberta Mastromichele. The two started dating in 2014 and have kept their relationship under the radar, but were spotted together in Rome and even stirred up rumors of being engaged, as the beauty was wearing what seemed to be an engagement ring.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal – married
Who can forget Lin-Manuel’s performance on Modern Family? Well, in case you have, he played Guillermo, the stray Gloria picked up who wanted Jay’s business advice on his “good doggie, bad doggie treat” invention. The Hamilton creator and star got hitched in 2010 to lawyer and scientist Vanessa Nadal, who recently gave birth to their second child. This adorable couple has given us some romantic moments, like when Miranda called his wife “a perfect symphony of one”, and tattooed the first letter of her name on his finger. So sweet!
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker – married
Matthew appeared on the show as Dave, a man Phil “picks up” at the gym and invites over to watch a game. However, Dave thinks Phil has other intentions for him, and kisses him. Matthew has been married to Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker for over 20 years now. The cute couple met through Sarah’s brother, and tied the knot in 1997 in a ceremony officiated by Matthew’s sister – an Episcopal priest. Matthew and Sarah have a son, and twin daughters born through surrogacy.
Greg Kinnear and Helen Labdon – married
Greg appeared in an episode of the show as Tad, Phil’s potential new client. Claire thinks Tad is a tad too friendly to her, but Phil thinks it’s all in her head, until Claire laughs at Tad’s joke, making Phil jealous. Greg married British model Helen Labdon back in 1999, and they have three daughters together. The two met five years beforehand on the set of a movie, where Helen was working as executive assistant – and apparently it was love at first sight.
Adam DeVine and Chloe Bridges – dating
Out of all of Haley’s boyfriends, the sweet Andy Bailey, played by Adam DeVine, was definitely one of the most likable. Adam, who is also known for his role in Comedy Central’s Workaholics and the musical-comedy Pitch Perfect films, has been dating his gorgeous girlfriend Chloe Bridges since 2015. Chloe is an actress herself, who is known for her roles in series like the Freeform drama-mystery Pretty Little Liars and VH1’s comedy-drama Daytime Divas.