Sarah Hyland is ready for the next chapter in her life. The Modern Family star is wrapping her 11th and final season on the show and officially saying goodbye to Hayley Dunphy, the character she's been playing since the hit show aired in 2011. Along the way, she has made her own way in Hollywood as she's taken on new projects and continued to bring to life one of the funniest characters on TV. But, she's also faced a lot throughout that time including domestic violence and various health issues. It's only fitting that in a time where her own character is facing a big change in her life, Sarah is too. Thanks to her new campaign with No B.S. Skin and She Recovers, a non-profit for women in recovery in several situations, she is turning into an activist in her own right as she also gets ready for her big wedding to Bachelor heartthrob Wells Adams and moves on to other projects.
Seventeen got the chance to talk to Sarah about her new partnership, how it brings her past and future together, and all the lessons she's learned along the way as she sets her sights to newer things.
17: Did you always know that Wells was the guy for you? Or did you have doubts?
Sarah Hyland: I've always been the type that no matter how many times I've been cheated on or done wrong, I've always been open to love. I've never really put myself in the position where all of my walls go up and I won't let anyone in. If I see something really special, I've never been the one to turn it away, because what if that is the one? I'm a hopeless romantic, so that's how I felt with him.
17: Congratulations on your engagement! How has wedding planning been for you and has it been what you expected?
SH: I'm horrible at this. I need prioritize things better, but right now I'm just really focused on work. We're ending the last season of Modern Family, so we really haven't gotten into a lot of things. There are women that don't dream about their wedding and there are some men that dream about it and that's how it goes, but I've always been someone who has always envisioned something. I have like what it looks like in my head, but who knows what it'll end up being like though.
17: What's it like to say goodbye to Modern Family after starring in it for 11 years?
SH: I think that will be the hardest part is saying goodbye to the cast and crew. With the cast, you've spent 11 years with these people, and the majority of the crew has been there for 11 years as well. We've had people come and go. We've had people who joined in on season three and have remained to season 11. You know, not everybody [stayed], you can't keep the crew for the entire time, people like to move on. But I think that'll probably be the hardest part. Not seeing those people every week.
I'm starting to relate it to high school. You see these people on a daily basis for four years and then you like graduate and it doesn't really hit you until, come September, you don't see those people again. That's probably what's gonna happen to me. Eleven years is much longer than four, but I feel like I have senioritis and part of me is like, 'Oh, I can't wait to be done so I can focus on wedding planning.' But then another part is like, 'Really enjoy this and soak it all up, because come August this year, you're not going to be seeing these people again.'
17: Is there any special lesson that you've learned from growing up on the show?
SH: I, very fortunately, did not have to truly grow up and go through puberty while on the show like Ariel [Winter], Nolan [Gould], and Rico [Rodriguez]. I started off as an 18-year-old and then ending it as a woman turning 30 this year and getting married soon, you know, I went from a teen to a woman. I'm very grateful for having been on the show for those formative years. I was so focused on work that I didn't really have the time to you know, f*ck up like a lot of other women in their 20s have, especially in their early 20s.
I didn't have to do the sorority/frat house parties stuff where you drink too much and blah blah blah. I was still very focused on work and I will be very grateful for that. So I guess my biggest lesson would be focus on what you're doing and don't stop and don't get distracted by little things.
17: Would you say that is the best advice you would give your 17-year-old self?
SH: Yeah, probably that and 'Shut up, it's not the end of the world, Sarah." [Laughs]
17: With Modern Family ending, what's next for you?
SH: Well, I love continuing to spread awareness to things that I'm passionate about. I'm also developing a show right now, a pilot, that we sold to ABC. So I'm really excited for that. I can't say too much about it, so just knock on wood and hope that it gets picked up cause mama has a wedding to plan and I need a job!
17: What's it like to be working with No B.S. and She Recovers?
SH: I was really excited to go into a collaboration with No B.S., because I love skincare, but also because of the philanthropic aspect of it. I think She Recovers is really amazing. It helps so many women who are recovering from a multitude of things. I've also been wanting to work with a skincare brand that is all-organic and features no chemicals and No B.S. literally shows that in its title. I thought that that was very me. Just the name of the brand itself and then the campaign really aligned with all of the things I loved.
17: When you first heard about No B.S.'s new campaign with She Recovers, what did that mean for you personally?
SH: I personally have been a victim of domestic violence and sexual assault in the past. So what's great about No B.S. is that they're donating 50 percent of the profits of my self-care regimen on the site to She Recovers. I think it's really amazing because it's an organization helping women overcoming addiction, abusive situations, and other obstacles. It's something that's really personal to me because, especially from that abuse side, once you're out of that, everyone thinks, 'Okay, great. You're out of it. She's good now.' But the emotional trauma and scars on your soul that are left behind create really significant PTSD tendencies. So, once you're out of an abusive situation, it doesn't mean that it's over. It's just the beginning of recovery, which is what She Recovers helps with.
17: What has been your biggest skin issue? And do you have a go-to product that helps with it?
SH: I've really loved the Vitamin C + E Serum, as well as the Day and Night Hyaluronic Cream. Getting older and stuff, you want to make sure that your skin stays young and fresh. I really noticed the difference with the vitamin C for brightening my skin. Having to wear makeup all the time for work can be really hard on my skin and I feel like once the makeup gets taken off, I look and I'm like, "Oh, it's just so dull." So I think the Vitamin C + E Serum is really amazing for that!
17: How have you kept positive during bad skin days?
SH: I would probably say concealer for whatever spot is bothering me to just hide it. No B.S. is also about self-care, which is an extension of self-love. Recently I've just been trying to Jerry mat-talk myself at all times if I'm having a bad day, whether it comes to health, work, or skin. Do you know what I mean by Jerry mat-talk, have you seen Cheer?
It's so good! Jerry is a guy on it and mat-talk is when you're like on the mat and you just like scream positivity and like, "You can do it girl" kind of stuff. So I've just been trying to Jerry mat-talk myself. If you can't fix whatever is on the outside, fix what's on the inside and then the outside will reflect that.
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