Modern Family is on a roll right now.
The hit US sitcom - famed for its offbeat characters, pithy dialogue and brilliant moments of slapstick comedy - has just won outstanding comedy series at the Emmys for a third year running: yet another award to add to its impressive collection of mantelpiece candy.
Hot on the heels of its success, Stylist hears exclusively from two Modern Family stars: Sofía Vergara (who plays the flamboyant, irrepressible Gloria) and Ed O'Neill (Gloria's long-suffering but cranky husband Jay)...
The third season continues the award-winning charm of Modern Family. What were your highlights from series?
Sofía: I think my stories. Gloria’s stories are getting crazier and crazier. It’s a lot of fun to play her because she has a lot of screaming. It comes very easy to me to scream, so I do get to have a lot of fun playing Gloria.
Ed: The writers are so good. They write things that people can identify with. I mean, I remember the one where I suggested that she (Gloria) was maybe too loud. She said, “What?” I said, “Just sometimes when you talk, you’re too loud” and then you open the wrong door. Now there’s no closing the door and now you’re in trouble and that happens often to everybody, I think.
Once a series has an established run, it seems all of its best strengths come together by season three. Is that how view Modern Family today?
Ed: Everybody’s comfortable with each other and the writers are using some of our own lives and personalities to write for us.
ABOVE: The cast of Modern Family at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January
Jay and Gloria had a little bundle of joy, depending on how you look at the blessed arrival of Stella…the dog.
Sofía: I mean, it’s always hard to do scenes with kids or, well, not with our kids. Our kids are always so fantastic, but it’s hard to do scenes with babies or animals, so I was a little bit scared that she was going to make us be on the set longer hours.
Ed: So we kind of played into the actual writing of the story where I’m supposed to be in love with dog and she’s not so crazy about the dog. It worked.
Sofía: I am not in real life too crazy about those dogs. I like big, big dogs, not like tiny little dogs like you carry around. It was perfect what the writers did.
The Blu-ray and DVD formats have really impacted how audiences can enjoy a full season of their favourite shows. What can they expect from this third season collection of Modern Family?
Ed: If you buy the season, the Blu-ray then you see a lot of other footage. Outtakes and stuff we do back behind the scenes of the show.
Sofía: A lot of extra things that they’re going to be able to take a peek on the set of Modern Family.
Ed: It’s pretty entertaining and I know people like to see that sort of thing. Some of it’s very funny. Yeah, I mean, when you the whole season you can watch five episodes in a night.
Sofía: You can know everything’s that going to happen in one night. You can get addicted.
Modern Family Season 3 is out on Blu-ray & DVD on 1 October from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment