STAR­DOM A FAM­ILY TRA­DI­TION

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

Amy An­der­son, whose seven year old Aubrey An­der­son-Em­mons plays the scene-steal­ing Lily on Mod­ern Fam­ily, has a sim­ple way to en­sure her child doesn’t be­come too spoiled.

“Ev­ery night, I sit next to her bed and whis­per, ‘You’re not that spe­cial’ — just to bal­ance things out,” An­der­son jokes, as her daugh­ter plays with her right ear, hair, chin and sweater straps dur­ing a joint in­ter­view.

Aubrey had very lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore au­di­tion­ing for the role of Mitchell and Cameron’s adopted daugh­ter on the multi-Emmy win­ning sit­com.

“You’re not go­ing to get it, I told her over and over,” says An­der­son. “They’re go­ing to see lots of lit­tle girls and they are only go­ing to pick one.”

Spend­ing an af­ter­noon with An­der­son-Em­mons, who took over the part three years ago, you can see why she stood out.

In ad­di­tion to her skills on stage, she’s an­i­mated, per­son­able and re­fresh­ingly hon­est in per­son. When asked if she ever watches Mod­ern Fam­ily at home, she nods vig­or­ously.

“I al­ways fast-for­ward to my part,” she says from the couch as her feet dance in the air. Her role as a mini-diva has cre­ated some of the show’s big­gest laughs, as she de­flates the egos of her uptight par­ents. And her crown­ing mo­ment: a spe­cial film cre­ated for the 2012 Em­mys in which she plays an off-screen mon­ster, re­mov­ing stairs from co-stars’ trail­ers.

Her mother says she’s was ini­tially wary of putting her child in the pub­lic eye, but cites the ex­am­ple of for­mer Doo­gie Howser MD child star Neil Pa­trick Har­ris who has di­rected five episodes of Mod­ern Fam­ily.

“I think the kids on TV who turn out with prob­lems are more the ex­cep­tion than the rule,” she says. “I think there are as many messed-up kids who are go­ing to high school and play­ing foot­ball, but no­body wants to read about them be­cause they don’t know who they are.”

Aubrey An­der­son­Em­mons.

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