Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould and Rico Rodriguez were all kids when the show began. Sarah Hyland, once a child actor herself, was just 18. Today, as Modern Family enters its 11th and final season, they're all twentysomethings — and booking gigs on the likes of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Veronica Mars, and, in the case of Hyland, scoring an engagement to a Bachelor Nation personality, Wells Adams.
It's been a long road for the others in the cast, too. Back in 2009. viewers were introduced to Sofía Vergara and Julie Bowen as TV moms for a new generation, while Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet originated characters that were credited with helping change public opinion on same-sex marriage — even if, at the time, Ferguson's and Stonestreet's Mitchell and Cam were not married. (Modern Family is set in California, where in 2009, same-sex marriage was banned.)
Today, all those stars and more, including favorites like Fred Willard and Shelley Long as quirky Modern Family grandparents, and Adam DeVine and Reid Ewing as Haley Dunphy's love interests, are setting up new projects, and looking beyond life in the Dunphy, Pritchett and Prichett-Tucker clans.
Click here to look back at — and look ahead with — the stars of this TV favorite.