Ty Burrell, who plays the hapless dad Phil Dunphy in the US sitcom Modern Family, took time out from a 10-day sightseeing tour of the UAE to dish out advice to aspiring actors and filmmakers at New York University Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The bashful actor told a packed audience the reason why he thinks Modern Family has been the best show of his life.
“Sadly, I don’t think I’m that different to Phil. I walk into light bulbs, I trip and fall into water, and I’m constantly trying to make my daughters laugh with a 0 per cent success rate – unless I fall over, in which case I have 100 per cent success,” he said.
Burrell has two daughters, ages 2 and 5.
“I’m much less mature than my five-year-old,” he said.
His girls enjoy watching the show on the sofa alongside their dad, though he admits“they don’t fully understand what it’s about”.
Burrell branched out into voiceover work with his latest kids movie, Mr Peabody and Sherman. He told the audience how that compares with the six years he has spent on Modern Family.
“Voiceovers are a very precise medium. It can be harder than acting. I’m not very good at it. It can get crazy,” Burrell said.
“You don’t know what you’re saying after a while, you just see the mouth moving. At times, it took 100 takes for one line. But for a guy coming into this later in life, it’s all so exciting. I’m living my second childhood.”
The 47-year-old has been enjoying Abu Dhabi’s tourist hotspots with his wife, Holly, since he arrived in the UAE last Friday. He tried out the rollercoaster at Ferrari World, dropped into local pilates and yoga centre Bodytree Studio and dined on sea bass and lemon tart for lunch at Saadiyat Beach Club, accompanied by Emirati director Ali Mustafa and Image Nation chairman Mohamed Al Mubarak. He was also scheduled to appear at The Act Dubai on Thursday night.
The Modern Family star Ty Burrell – one of the unlikeliest celebrities to drop into Abu Dhabi in recent memory – sure is making the most of his 10-day vacation in the capital.
There was the visit to Ferrari World, the talk at New York University Abu Dhabi, and then this stop, at yoga and pilates centre Bodytree Studios.
We’re not sure if Burrell is a yoga or pilates enthusiast, but he did enjoy a cup of goodness in the studio’s juice bar Nectar (which we can highly recommend if you are into healthy snacks, by the way).
He also met and posed for a picture with some of the Abu Dhabi studio’s staff, which was then posted to its Facebook page. If you are wondering how on earth Burrell ended up in a yoga studio, but not doing yoga, here’s the scoop: we hear Burrell has a friend in common with Nadia Sehwiel, co-owner.
The gallery was updated with HD screencaptures from last night episode of Modern Family. Such funny!!!
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The gallery was updated with HQ Stills from next week episode of the season.
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Ty and his wife participated to the celebration of MAD MEN Final 7 episodes. I’ve collected a few HQ pictures and added to the gallery. Enjoy!
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Finally after 2 weeks hiatus Modern Family was back last night with another hilarious episode. Enjoy HD screencaptures and run to see if you didn’t already!
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