Ariel Winter says living with her sister Shanelle has given her stability.
The 15-year-old tells Teen Vogue, “I’ve never had a curfew before. My life is definitely more normal [living with my sister] – and that’ll help me grow up like I’m supposed to. It’s just a different experience for me because I have more of a family life. I’m really happy.”
The Modern Family star – went to live with her older sister amid allegations against their mother of physical and emotional abuse. Winter suggests her mom had made her more insecure about her appearance.
“I had body insecurities when I was younger. I still do. Every girl has insecurities – mine were heightened at the time because my mother wasn’t supportive. Now, my sister is always making sure to tell me that I look beautiful.”
She admits that being in the press for her personal issues is “embarrassing” stating, “I want to be the kind of actress where, if I’m in the press, I’m in for the right reasons – for my work. To be in the press about family drama is kind of embarrassing.”
Referring to her character Alex – she admits there are similarities.
The teen shares, “Alex and I definitely have similar traits—she’s not the girl who’s super obsessed with her looks or going out with boys. We’re both snarky, and we both value education. She makes it OK for girls to want to be smart. Alex dresses like a tomboy. I’d describe my look as girly-edgy. I like black nail polish and eyeliner, but I’ll wear them with pink shoes.”