‘I still respect those who hurt me’
Tough childhood made actress who she is
Ariel Winter insists she “wouldn’t trade” her tough childhood. The 19- year- old actress – who was emancipated from her abusive mother, Crystal Workman, at the age of 15 – doesn’t think she’d be the person she is today if it weren’t for the experiences she had.
She said: “I went through a really rough period, a bad chapter.
“Even though I wish I had a better childhood, I wouldn’t trade it, because it made me who I am today. I still respect the people who hurt me.”
Ariel felt sexualised by her mother from the age of just seven.
“I was dressed in the smallest miniskirts, sailor suits, low-cut things, the shortest dresses you’ve ever seen.
“People thought I was 24 when I was 12.
“If there was going to be a nude scene when I was that age, my mother would have a thousand percent said yes.”
The Modern Family star admitted she wasn’t allowed to be friends with other girls because “females are competition”. Her education was neglected and her food intake was “very restricted” from the time she began acting at the age of four.
But Ariel is thankful to have had some “amazing” tutors who helped her, and not just with her work.
Her on-set teacher, Sharon Sacks, recalled the young actress being hungry and sleep deprived.
She said: “I would order a couple of lunches in my name so Ariel could eat one of them. I could tell she was hungry. Boiled chicken and cucumbers isn’t going to do it for a growing kid.
“Her mother kept her out late at night at these ridiculous parties. She was 12,13 years old and had to be on set at 6.30am.”
Sharon and others had been concerned about the actress for years but felt they had to wait for Ariel’s blessing before taking steps to change the situation.
The tutor told The Hollywood Reporter: “In 2012 Ariel told me she was ready.
“She was very scared. She knew the consequences.”
Sharon reported the matter to Child Protective Services and the actress was taken in by her adult sister, Shanelle Gray, who she had only met a few times. if you think about Seinfeld or The Sopranos or Breaking Bad... everybody has an opinion about how a show should end.”
Game of Thrones actor Kit Harrington – who plays King in the North Jon Snow – recently admitted he and his co-star had to “fake” some scenes when shooting season seven to confuse people.
He said: “We had a lot of paparazzi following us around, especially when we were in Spain. We did fake some scenes. We put together people in situations where we knew the paparazzi were around so they’d take photos, and that would get on the internet, so people would think they were real.”