October 17th, 2011
03:12 PM ET
The actress who took on the role of Lily on "Modern Family" is making adults jealous.
During an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres' show Friday, Jesse Tyler Ferguson - who plays one of Lily's dads on the ABC comedy - told the host that 4-year-old Aubrey Anderson Emmons had a hard time keeping her hands off Vergara's assets.
(DeGeneres and Ferguson also noted how much older Lily looks now: Last season she was a baby, this season she's basically in kindergarten. When DeGeneres remarked how fast Lily'd grown in the time off, Ferguson responded, "This one plays between the age of four and 17.")
He also reiterated that the casting decision was because they wanted a child "who would be more participatory" in the scenes.
"Aubrey, God bless her, she had been in this business for 30 minutes," Ferguson explained. "It's very confusing - people calling each other by their names that really aren't their names, they're doing things multiple times. At one point, she looks at me and [Eric Stonestreet] and goes, 'Are you real people? Because you live in a fake house.'"
On her first day, Emmons "was obsessed with Sofia's area," he says, referencing Vergara's chest. "She was just like poking and prodding. All the stagehands were like, 'Aw, man, that's a lucky little girl.'"
To demonstrate just how lost this little actress was at first, they played an outtake that featured Cam (Stonestreet), Mitchell (Ferguson), Vergara's character Gloria and Ed O'Neill's character Jay.
Emmons had been prepping for her new gig by watching episodes of the Emmy winning comedy, so when it came to portray Lily on camera with the rest of the cast, Emmons exclaimed to Stonestreet and Ferguson, "We saw you guys on 'Modern Family'!"
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