The 22-year-old actress, who stars as ditzy, boy-crazy Haley Dunphy on ABC's Modern Family, talks sensitive musicians and social media creeps in this round of "Would You Rather."
This feature appears in Complex's December 2012/January 2013 issue.
As told to Tara Aquino (@t_akino)
I’d rather be a role model than a sex symbol.
Sex has become so publicized. If you’re sexy to begin with, being a sex symbol comes with that, but by putting yourself out there as a sex symbol, you’re taking a step backward for women.
I’d rather date a brooding musician than a frat guy.
I never went to college, so I’ve never actually met a frat guy. All the frat guys I know are from television and movies, and they always seem like assholes who cheat on girls. I’m sure there are some amazing frat guys out there, but I know musicians and they’re always a good choice. They’re artistic.
I’d rather give up social media than personal texting.
Twitter is awesome to share news with fans, but I would never choose to only have social media and put everything in my life on display. I never look at my personal Facebook page. I made an Instagram account for myself, but I only have one picture on it. I made it because someone was pretending to be me and having conversations with my fans and agreed to go on a date with a guy. A lot of my fans are young. I don’t want them to think they’re talking to me when they’re talking to a pedophile.
I’d rather receive a thoughtful gift than a useful one.
It means that the person giving the gift listens and cares about you.
I’d rather have one real friend than 30 acquaintances.
Friends are hard to come by in L.A., especially in the entertainment industry. I’ve known a lot of people who hang out with someone because they’re working on a show and as soon as that show gets canceled they find someone new. It’s sad to see, but it’s great when you find new friends.
I’d rather have Ty Burrell for my dad than Howard Stern.
I only worked with Howard for a day on Private Parts when I was 5, so I can’t compare the two. I call Ty “my TV dad.” He’s an amazing, talented person. He’s just as funny in real life as he is on Modern Family.
I’d rather watch sports than go shopping.
Shopping stresses me out. I’m drawn to expensive things, but I don’t want to pay $200 for a shirt. I don’t like to spend money.