24 March 2018
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Ariel Winter is taking a break from college.

The 20-year-old actress started studying political science at UCLA last year – after previously deferring for a year – but she is taking time off to “pursue” her acting career.

She said: “I do love UCLA, but at the moment I’m taking a break from it so I can continue to pursue my career and also try to have a little bit more of a life because I’ve been so busy.”

“That’s really it at the moment. But I think education’s really important. I love being there. I love learning. I will continue to keep learning and I just wanted to take a break to focus on myself and square some things with myself.”

Ariel – who portrays Alex Dunphy in the comedy series – is hoping to broaden her horizons by appearing in further films.

She said: “I would hope to do more movies. Really anything that comes my way that speaks to me or feels rights, something, a new character I haven’t done before. I’m pretty open. I like doing different things. I like trying things, so for me, it’s really whatever happens.”

23 March 2018
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Ariel Winter and boyfriend Levi Meaden have been dating for more than a year and appear stronger than ever.

ET spoke with Meaden at the Pacific Rim: Uprising premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday, where he talked about his new sci-fi film as well as his relationship with Winter. The two live together, and Meaden says “nothing” has changed when it comes to their dynamic.

“Less fear, I guess. That’s the only thing,” he tells ET’s Courtney Tezeno. “We’re happier than ever. We’ve got three dogs, we adopted a bunny, there might be another one on the way. I guess, more animals. That’s what’s changed. There was two dogs to begin with, now we got another dog and a rabbit. So, in a year maybe, I don’t know, a whole farm?”

Meaden, 30, even had a hard time coming up with a pet peeve when it comes to 20-year-old Winter.

“I mean, the pet peeves I kinda love,” he explains. “She doesn’t really know movies, which is amazing, because she’s been in movies for so long, but she doesn’t — she never watched them! So, it’s not really a pet peeve as much as it’s something I really enjoy, because I get to show her all these old films. Probably a pet peeve of hers, because then I go into all the trivia and explain the history of the movie until she’s like, ‘Shut up, Levi!'”

Winter, looking stunning in a striking red dress and heels, attended the premiere to support her beau. Meaden, who said Winter visited him in Australia and China while shooting the film, explained the meaningful tattoos they have for one another. The actor showed off the ink on his finger of a jar reading “PB,” which stands for peanut butter, his nickname for Winter.

“Well, I’m not sure how it came about, but she has ‘Cheese’ on her finger and she says, ‘It’s a messed-up sandwich that works,'” Meaden shares. “Peanut butter and cheese! Now, everyone thinks it doesn’t, but if you try it — depending on the cheese — it’s really good.”

21 March 2018
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The old Burt Reynolds can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because the Cosmo centerfold is dead, reborn an octogenarian giving the most Oscar-worthy performance of his career. In The Last Movie Star, the 82-year-old actor is Vic Edwards, a screen legend misled into accepting a dowdy millennial film festival’s Lifetime Achievement award. Chauffeured around Nashville by Lil (played by Modern Family’s Ariel Winter), Vic detours into east Tennessee, where he takes a trip down memory lane.

A genre bending tale, The Last Movie Star isn’t a comedy, drama, dramedy or satire. It’s life. Reynold’s life. Vic was a stuntman who became a film star. Vic romanced Hollywood’s most eligible bachelorettes. Vic made a series of flops between striking box office gold. Vic. Burt. One syllable names. He visits a nursing home to meet the love he gave up for a life of womanizing, visits his childhood home and visits the old college football field where he was a rising star jock. And as Vic befriends an unlikely younger woman coming into adulthood, we learn a second revelation: 20-year-old Winter can really act, starring in her very first grown-up role.

“I’ve been on Modern Family for 9 years now. Next year will be our 10th,” Winter said. “It’s been an incredible show, and I love my character and the people I work with. It is nice though to have that little departure where I get to play something different and be somewhere different. That’s what we do as actors. We want to portray as many different things as possible. We want to have many different experiences and do our jobs. Hopefully, it will lead to more, and I’ll play different roles.”

In the most experimental film since Get Out, cult favorite screenwriter-director Adam Rifkin wrote a fan fiction screenplay having never talked to Reynolds, and sent him an unsolicited copy. Winter headlines as Lil, “A character dependent on a rainbow coalition of psycho pharmaceuticals,” he said. “She’s anxious, depressed and suicidal. And the last thing she wants to do is spend a weekend with some crabby old dude.”

Winter described Lil as an independent character, who “doesn’t have a lot of people supporting her. She is able to do everything on her own, and she is supporting herself, learning how to become a strong woman. I think it’s a nice character for young women because we have a lot of action heroes that are women kicking butt and fighting, but there’s also normal young women who aren’t doing that, living their lives and learning to overcome struggles. [Lil] starts off confident, but a little insecure. She’s got that terrible boyfriend who doesn’t treat her very well. She’s struggling, trying to better herself, but she doesn’t know how. I think it’s an accurate depiction of real people.” (more…)

9 February 2018
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Ariel Winter and Sarah Hyland are not hoping to star on a reality show together when “Modern Family” ends, despite a made-up tabloid report. Gossip Cop can exclusively debunk this bogus story. We’re told there’s no truth to it.

In a recent interview, “Modern Family” co-creator Steve Levitan said the show will likely end after its 10th season next year. Now an article in the latest issue of Star claims Winter and Hyland are worried about keeping their careers afloat following the finale of the hit ABC series. Their idea to stay in the spotlight? A reality series, according to an alleged source.

“Ariel and Sarah are convinced their lives are so funny, but producers don’t agree,” says the magazine’s supposed insider. “No one is biting on giving them a show just because they’re on a hit show.” But Gossip Cop checked in with a rep for Winter, who exclusively assures us that the tabloid’s story is complete “nonsense.” A source close to Hyland similarly tells us that she and her co-star aren’t pitching a reality show.

Winter and Hyland are actresses, not reality TV stars, and they don’t have aspirations to become ones. Considering that the two will be coming off one of the biggest shows on TV, they’ll have plenty of opportunities for work once their program ends. Regardless, Gossip Cop can confirm there’s no truth to the outlet’s article.

It should be noted, Star has proven to have very little insight into what goes on behind the scenes of the popular ABC comedy. Gossip Cop previously busted the tabloid for wrongly reporting that Winter was getting fired from “Modern Family.” Shortly after the false story was published, executive producer Levitan exclusively told Gossip Cop, “Nothing could be further from the truth. Ariel is a beloved cast member and a crucial part of our show.”

Also, Winter herself slammed Star in 2015 after the unreliable outlet made up a story about the actress getting married as soon as she turned 18. The magazine has since published several bogus reports surrounding Winter’s relationship with her boyfriend Levi Meaden. This latest article about the “Modern Family” sisters being eager to team up for a reality show is similarly untrue.

31 January 2018
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Ariel Winter may have just gotten the greatest birthday present of all time… a baby bunny from her boyfriend Levi Meaden. The 20-year-old Modern Family star and the 30-year-old Pacific Rim Uprising actor were spotted leaving Petco on Saturday (January 27) in Los Angeles, one day before Ariel‘s birthday.

Ariel Winter celebrated her 20th birthday this weekend with her boyfriend of over a year, Levi Meaden. Though Ariel was pretty low-key about her celebrations on her own social media feeds, Levi kept us up-to-date first by sharing that the two have welcomed a new member to their family: a bunny! “New member of the fam. Everyone meet Babs. Just can’t say no to a girl on her birthday weekend,” Levi wrote on a selfie of himself, Ariel and their new pet. We already knew that the couple were serious animal lovers, as Babs will be joining the three dogs they already have.

Shortly after the bunny announcement, Levi posted another photo of him and Ariel for her official birthday shoutout: “Happy birthday to the most intelligent, beautiful, fierce woman I have ever known!” he wrote. “I love you Peanut Butter!”

17 January 2018
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After Ariel Winter stepped out at the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival in a plunging black gown, her Google mentions were flooded with headlines on how she flaunted her “sizable assets” on the red carpet.

The descriptions were nothing new for the 19-year-old actress, who is constantly making headlines for her skin-baring outfits. But when a slut-shamer claimed that she was asking for men to grab her boobs by putting her “tits on display,” Winter knew to promptly shut him down.

The slut-shamer, Polish journalist Ivo Widlak, tweeted two pictures of Winter on the red carpet, alongside her boyfriend, Levi Meaden. Widlak, who tied Winter’s outfit to Hollywood’s #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, accompanied the pictures with a lengthy tweet on how she was asking to be sexually harassed by showing her cleavage.

“The problem with #SexualHarassment in #Hollywood deeper than all the #activists think,” Widlak tweeted. “let’s take @ArielWinter1 i.e.: I’m wondering why she even put the dress at all. If you put your #tits on display don’t be surprised when some guy wants to grab them. #BS #MeToo #TimesUp”

Not having someone slut-shame her and reduce society’s sexual harassment and assault epidemic to what women wear, Winter fired back. She replied with a sarcastic response on how, if women are expected to be sexually harassed for wearing skin-baring outfits, men should expect to be physically harmed.

“You’re right. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised,” Winter tweeted. “And I guess if this is what I should expect, then he should expect my pretty little foot in my high heel kicking him right between his legs. My body is mine no matter what I wear. Women aren’t objects to be fondled. Period.”

Winter has a point. Sexual harassment—no matter the circumstance, no matter what anyone is wearing—is never OK. Kudos to Winter for eloquently shutting down Widlak’s victim-blaming tweet.

14 January 2018
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Popular ABC sitcom Modern Family is slated to end after its 10th season next year.

Showrunners and co-creators, Steve Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, recently confirmed that their plan is to end with 10 seasons of the Pritchett family. The impressive ensemble cast would need to negotiate new, expensive deals with ABC and 20th Century Fox Television in order to go past a 10th season.

The news of an impending finale came after the show’s 200th episode, which earned 5.8 million viewers. It’s a decent audience, but it’s not nearly as impressive as Modern Family’s turnout in years past. At its peak, the show was consistently attracting 14 million viewers and won Outstanding Comedy Series at the Emmys for five straight years.

“If we can leave with most of our audience wanting more, I think that’s the right way to do it,” Levitan says to The Hollywood Reporter. “Never say never, but I just can’t imagine that we’d go past that.”

The show has made top-earning stars of its charming cast, including Sofia Vergara, who earned $41.5 million last year. Vergara has topped the Forbes highest-paid TV actresses list for six years. While Vergara’s income is supplemented by her lucrative endorsements deals, she’s not the only one on the show profiting from Modern Family’s success. The show has spawned a new generation of child actors, bringing Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland, Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould into the spotlight as they grew up. Each of the young stars makes at least $100,000 per episode.

Three members of the ensemble cast — Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, and Eric Stonestreet — have earned Emmys for their work on Modern Family. The show has banked 22 total Emmy wins for its crew and cast.

But season 10 might not be a final goodbye to the beloved Pritchett clan — there are talks of a spin-off to continue the storylines of the family.

12 January 2018
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Sadly, “Modern Family” actress Ariel Winter is no stranger to slut shaming. Winter is slammed anytime she steps out with her “older boyfriend” or even shows an inch of skin.

But the slut shaming reached new levels on Thursday when she tweeted about — wait for it — toothpaste.
While brushing her teeth, Winter discovered her toothpaste had squeezed into an interesting shape…

“Okay……penis or acorn?” Winter teased her followers, adding laugh-crying emojis. “This is what happened when I squeezed out toothpaste”. Winter’s tweet was *intended* to be a joke — but trolls saw her cheeky comment as an opportunity to slut shame her.

The fact that Winter was slut shamed for making a simple joke is unacceptable, but she isn’t afraid to put haters in their place.

As she previously reminded her internet trolls, “Why can’t people just let others feel good about themselves and do what they want?”

She’s allowed to make a “raunchy joke” without being subjected to personal attacks.

9 January 2018
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Ariel Winter had a crappy weekend — literally.

The actress was more than happy to return to the comfort of her own home following an “unfortunate” incident that happened at a house she was renting over the weekend.

“I come back from lunch to find s— thrown all over the front of the house I’m staying in,” Winter, 19, tweeted Sunday evening.

In a follow-up tweet, the Modern Family star revealed that she booked the home through Airbnb, a community marketplace that allows people to list, discover and reserve accommodations around the world through a local host.

“I still can’t believe someone threw [poop] all over my Airbnb…like bruh I just got here with my scrabble chiiiiiiillllllll. Never been happier to go home,” she continued.

“I also just have to say…through all of this [s—] (literally) @LeviMeaden is my rock and I couldn’t be luckier,” she tweeted about her boyfriend, Levi Meaden. “I love you.”

In a statement to PEOPLE on Tuesday, Airbnb spokesperson Jeff Henry said that the issue had been resolved.

“Our host reported this issue to us and immediately resolved it for our guest during the reservation. A neighbor’s child was playing near the listing and caused the unfortunate damage,” Henry said. “We have reached out to our guest to offer additional support. We work hard to make sure every guest has a great experience and want to make it right when things don’t go as expected.”

11 June 2017
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