Mod­ern Fam­ily

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 25 FEBRUARY -

It takes a lot of smarts to play dumb. Just ask Nolan Gould, who stars in sit­com Mod­ern Fam­ily (2009-cur­rent) as Luke Dun­phy, who’s ac­ci­dent prone, obliv­i­ous to the ob­vi­ous and more of­ten than not comes up short on the brain scale. But did you know that 17-year-old Nolan grad­u­ated high school when he was 13 and has an IQ of 150?

His dad Ed­win spent years in the mil­i­tary but he and wife An­gela moved to Cal­i­for­nia with their sons (Nolan has a 19-year-old ac­tor brother named Ai­dan) when Nolan was five. Nolan took up act­ing be­cause of his brother, who had a cameo as the drum­mer in Mod­ern Fam­ily sea­son 4 episode 17 (2013). Says Nolan, “My brother was re­ally ad­vanced for his age. My mom wanted to find some­thing that would en­ter­tain him be­cause ev­ery­thing else was so easy for him. She heard about this theatre pro­gramme and en­rolled my brother. And I went along be­cause I kind of had to, but I en­joyed it. We both did.” Nolan’s more suc­cess­ful though – Ai­dan’s last role was in 2013, while Nolan gets $70 000 (R1.15 mil­lion) per Mod­ern Fam­ily episode. At 24 episodes a sea­son, that’s over R25 mil­lion a year! Act­ing isn’t his only tal­ent. Nolan plays the banjo, abo­rig­i­nal wind in­stru­ment the didgeri­doo and the sitar (a gui­tar from In­dia), which he was given for his birth­day when he went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2012. While he loves his Mod­ern Fam­ily job, which is filmed in the heart of Hol­ly­wood, Nolan loves na­ture more. He’s been to surf­ing mecca Hawaii, ski­ing on Wy­oming’s fa­mous Jack­son Hole moun­tain and he went shark cage div­ing in Aus­tralia when Mod­ern Fam­ily filmed there for sea­son 5 (2014).

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