Ty Burrell would make Phil Dunphy so proud.
It's refreshing to hear about some good people in Hollywood, and Burrell sounds like one of them. The 50-year-old actor is now famous as the dorkiest dad on "Modern Family," but fans also know him as that d-bag in "Dawn of the Dead," and from family films like "Finding Dory," "Muppets Most Wanted," and "Storks." But off-the-clock he's devoted to his own modern family, married to wife Holly for 17 years, and father of two adopted daughters, Frances, 7, and Greta, 5. He's also been active with the non-profit Kids in the Spotlight (K.I.T.S.) for almost 10 years.
Burrell has a new interview out with Haute Living, focusing a lot on his work with the K.I.T.S. kids and his plans for life after "Modern Family." The Emmy-winning ABC hit is currently airing Season 9, and it has already been renewed for Season 10. But he knows the show won't go on forever, and that has him thinking about what's next.
"We''l feel very proud of ourselves that we've made it through 10 seasons but, at the same time, it's going to be very sad [at the end]. It will be a hard thing to say goodbye to the daily rhythm of seeing everyone's faces, and just how fun and loving it's been.
Honestly, I've been taking my lumps as a producer and really enjoying learning how to do that. I think I'm not really willing to travel very much anymore, or miss too many dinners away from my kids. [So] there's a possibility that I may step away from performing altogether when the show is over."
Burrell told HL, if he did continue acting, it would have to be on another TV show taping close to home, with similar hours to what he now has with "Modern Family."
"I had kids a little bit later in life and I have actually had time to be around them. I know a lot of people in our business that 100 percent out of necessity—not by choice—just aren't able to be around the people that they want to be spending time with. No matter what happens, I'll either not perform at all or find something that's that exact same scenario [as Modern Family]. It's very hard to say at this point if that opportunity would exist or not."
So he doesn't want to give up acting, per se, he just wants the same structure he's been afforded as one of the main stars of this hit series. Usually one of the trade-offs of a successful film/TV career is all of the traveling -- for movies, especially.
If he can find another TV series in the area, though, it sounds like he'd be willing to return for that. Since he's a pretty hot commodity, with multiple awards, it would be surprising if ABC and other networks didn't pitch him new projects for after "Modern Family."
Whatever happens for him career-wise, it sounds like he has a good head on his shoulders, with his priorities exactly where they need to be.
For the next couple of years, though, he's staying right where he is. "Modern Family" Season 9 continues Wednesdays on ABC.
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