The world can make an actor feel overly important. What I do isn’t hard work. It’s not ditch digging – which I have done, for one summer. Of course there are times when your fuel tank’s low, but even on the hardest days you are on a film set. You are doing something creative.
People always want to know if I’m like Phil [Dunphy, his character inModern Family]. The truth is I’m too neurotic. I have too many bees buzzing in my brain. Being in Phil’s head is like taking a trip to the spa. But I do share his obliviousness. The other morning, when it was very dark, my wife whispered from the bed: “Have a good day.” I leaned over and kissed the lamp.
The process of adoption is equal to being pregnant [Burrell has two adopted daughters, now two and four]. In terms of the amount of ups and downs involved, we found them similar to those which our friends experienced biologically. There are extensive background searches and interviews, but really it’s about the birth mother. You hope you suit what she wants, as people.
I fell in love with Utah. I went hiking first, then I met my wife – who’s from there – and we bought a house. Then my brother and I bought a bar in Salt Lake City. I like the fact that there’s no “scene”; there’s an earnest quality to the people. They mean what they say, which is the complete opposite of LA.
Five years ago, Ty Burrell was ready to quit acting. He was 41 years old and had a solid couple of decades in the business behind him: a handful of Hollywood movies (Black Hawk Down, Dawn of the Dead, The Incredible Hulk), countless summers of Shakespeare including a Macbeth on Broadway, enough television roles to fill an A4 page. Not bad, better than most, but no killer role to lift him from slogging around the audition circuit to walking the red carpet.
A couple of potential big breaks – a lead in the CBS plastic surgery sitcom,Out of Practice, and a starring role opposite Kelsey Grammer in his first post-Frasier series, Back to You – had both been axed in a matter of months. His wife, Holly, whom he met at Washington’s Shakespeare Theatre Company in 1999, had swapped acting for being a pastry chef years ago. They were thinking about having children. It was time for a change.
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