New Lily gets handsy with Sofia Vergara
October 17th, 2011
03:12 PM ET

New Lily gets handsy with Sofia Vergara

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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  1. Don't blame her, blame gravity!

    Sofias assets are big, we also know that the bigger the mass, the greater the gravitational pull they have.. It happens to me all the time!

    October 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jillian

    I miss the "old" Lily. The new one is cute, but I loved the stoicism of the original. It made her funnier.

    October 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      Stoicism?! More like comatose. ('comatocism?") This new baby has personality, which the old Lily did not. They are definitely playing Lily as though she were a new character (lots of emphasis so far), but they were hamstrung w the old Lily: they couldn't even get any reaction out of her. I am glad for the change.

      October 18, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. b0bc4t

    MMMM, Lunch!

    October 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cassy

    *sigh* They start out so young, damn that kid is lucky!

    October 18, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  5. jb2817

    Babys get everything

    October 18, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. the_dude

    I like how he made the baby out to be some type of lesbian wanting to go after women parts. Funny, the gay guy is pretending babies are gay in his head and then projecting that onto the normal baby.....very sick indeed.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Douglas

      Actually, he did not imply that. Guess the only very sick indeed here is you.

      October 18, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • dwombat

      Babies that have been breastfed tend to gravitate toward breasts. Fact of life. I don't know if this is true for babies that were raised on bottles since they're usually held similarly, but I know I've worked in nurseries and kids four and under tend to just do that.

      October 18, 2011 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      @ the_dude: I like how YOU made the baby out to be some type of lesbian wanting to go after women parts. What's funny is that the gay guy isn't pretending babies are gay in his head and then projecting that onto the normal baby – YOU are.....very sick indeed.

      October 18, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      @dwombat, All babies/toddler seem to gravitate towards breasts whether breast or bottle fed. My son (a Similac baby) did some modeling at about 14 months old and could not keep his hands out of the model portraying his mom's blouse. The crew found it hilarious but the 20-something female model, who had no kids, was quite flustered. It's like little kids inherently know what nature intended breasts to be for and are attracted to them.

      October 18, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playjojo

      Lol, whats sick is how you think that somehow makes sense! Yikes!

      October 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Evel Knievel

    Bringing a cute kid into the mix means the two gay dads aren't funny anymore.

    October 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Except Lily has always been a character on the show. The producers just aged her a yr and a half. It's not she went off to Swiss boarding school age 6 and came back two years later age 15.

      October 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. elmo

    Please try not to be sad sad girl. People are creeps. You are better off without him or her. You can get a good kitten or puppy. They rule ! Always glad to see ya and evrything ! They are much better than people.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ToiletBowl ScubaDiver

    Sometimes ! He really is a good diver. Im just an amature one. He dont even have to wear goggles or nuthin ! : )

    October 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sad girl

    Do u scuba dive with mr clean ? I here he's a good diver.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ToiletBowl ScubaDiver

    FIRSSSSSTY ! Plus I might get to go scuba diving after work !

    October 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |

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