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Ariel Winter Dishes On What It Was Like Growing Up On Set In Front Of America

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By Savannah Pointer

Modern Family actress Ariel Winter spoke to People about growing up on screen in front of America.

The 22-year-old actress began her nationally acclaimed role when she was just 11-years-old and has spent some of the most trying years of any child’s life in front of the world.

When asked what that was like, Winter told People, “It’s not very easy, just because people think that just because you’re on TV, they’re entitled to your life.” Winter played the part of Alex Dunphy on the show, and was one of the primary characters.

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Winter Said Things Got Worse with Social Media

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“It’s even worse with social media, because people can just say anything they want,” Winter said. “So that was rough because I feel like I got on social media right at the start of it becoming big, and I was really young, and people were just figuring out how to bash people online. It was rough going through all of my awkward stages, all of my different stages, because I really changed a lot over the course of 11 years.”

The Actress Said It ‘Wasn’t Ideal’ But Said She’s Still Grateful

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“It was definitely not favorable to have millions of people feel like they’re entitled to comment on how I look or what I’m doing or anything like that,” Winter added before going on to say that she didn’t “think it’s ideal. I’m obviously grateful that I do what I do and I got to do what I did, but I do think that growing up on TV and growing up in front of millions with social media is a little rough.”

Winter Went On To Talk About The Attacks on Her Physical Appearance

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“I think you learn so much over the course of 11 years, but you learn so much when you are thrust in the life of the public eye and have people’s opinions on you at every moment and people watching to catch every mistake you make or literally anything you do,” she says. “I think it kind of builds a thicker skin.”

“I think as a woman in this industry, and also just in general, it is important to be able to build that sense of confidence and sense of self,” she shares. “Obviously, it’s different for everyone, not everyone has the same experience of getting to that, but I think that, for me, it’s been very helpful to get to a place where I feel confident and comfortable with my own opinions, my idea of myself.”

Winter Credited The Show With Making Her Into The Woman She Is Today

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Winter said that the 11 years she spent as Alex has made her into the person she is today, and she believes that she’s better for it.

“Being on the show for 11 years, it’s such a blessing as an actor to be able to be employed at all, but especially be employed for that long, and to be employed with such wonderful people and to learn from such incredible actors and incredible people,” she says.

“You learn how to treat others based on what we see. Over the course of 11 years of being in a completely different environment with the majority of adults and public opinion and everything ... But, in this industry, I feel like it’s par for the course, and I feel like it’s also helped quite a bit in who I am.”

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