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Luke Benward: 5 Things To Know About The Mystery Man Spotted Out With Ariel Winter

The mystery man who accompanied Ariel Winter for an outing on Dec. 8 isn’t actually that mysterious. He got his start as a recognizable child star, and most recently starred in a Netflix movie alongside Jennifer Aniston!

Luke Benward, 24, is all grown up now, explaining why you may have not instantly recognized the actor when he stepped out with Ariel Winter, 21, on Dec. 8. Although they acted cozy with one another — and even appeared to be kissing at one point, due to the angle of the camera — both small screen stars are longtime friends. They share one big thing in common: both were introduced to acting early as famous child stars. Here’s a refresher course on Luke, which may just have you going, “Oh wait, I know him!”

01. He made his acting breakthrough in How To Eat Fried Worms. Remember that 2006 film in which a bunch of kids challenged the new kid at school, Billy, to eat worms everyday? Well, the worm eater was none other than Luke! His role in the classic children’s movie earned him a Young Artist Award for “Best Young Ensemble in a Feature Film.”

02. Luke had a long run with Disney Channel. His other most memorable movie of the aughts was the 2008 Disney Channel movie Minutemen, in which Luke’s character uses a time machine alongside fellow stars Jason Dolley and Nicholas Braun. He also starred in the network’s 2014 movie Cloud Nine as the love interest of Dove Cameron’s character, and assumed the role of heartthrob once again in several episodes of Good Luck Charlie.

03. Now, Luke’s most recognizable role is the love interest in the Netflix film Dumplin’. Luke plays Bo in the 2018 Netflix film Dumplin’, the movie adaptation for the book of the same name, who has feelings for the daughter of Jennifer Aniston’s character. He’s a hunk now!

04. Luke has long been friends with Ariel. They vacationed with other stars like Nolan Gould, Jack Griffo and Jessie Bergg in Bora Bora in 2017, and more recently had dinner together at the Japanese restaurant Kiwami in Studio City, CA on Oct. 7.

05. Luke dated his former Disney Channel co-star, Olivia Holt. They both starred on the network’s 2012 movie Girl vs. Monster, and were even each other’s prom dates!

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Ariel Winter ‘Doing Really Well’ AfterBreak-Up From Levi Meaden

Ariel Winter had been with boyfriend Levi Meaden, 32, since 2016, but the relationship ran it’s course and the pair reportedly split up two months ago. Fortunately, the breakup was fairly drama free and the Modern Family star is loving the single life. “Ariel is doing really, really well and very much acting like a single lady right now. She is living her life and doing fine despite the split from Levi. It was her decision, so she’s good,” a source close to the 21-year-old actress tells EXCLUSIVELY

“She’s spending a lot of time with her girlfriends and in a great place. She’ll always care about Levi and appreciate what they had, but there are no signs of a broken heart on her end,” the insider adds. Even though they’ve split, Ariel and Levi were spotted leaving a studio in North Hollywood, CA on Oct. 20 and embraced in a friendly hug, so there’s no bad blood following the breakup.

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Ariel Winter Says She Has 2 Abs And She’s ‘Looking To Get More’ After Her Recent Weight Loss

Ariel Winter is on a mission for, in her own words, a “big butt” and “Michelle Obama arms.” A few more core muscles would be nice, too. “I have two abs currently and I’m looking to get more,” she says.

The ability to transform her body at the gym is a new experience for Ariel. “Years ago, it was hard because I’d go to the gym with my trainer and because of my antidepressant medications I never saw results,” she says.

Eventually, she decided to switch medications—but not for aesthetic reasons. “I didn’t change my antidepressants because I wanted to lose weight, I’d just accepted it and it was fine,” she says. “I got inspired to actually find a medication that helped me as a person and did all the things I wanted it to do.”

When she found a combination that worked for her, the Modern Family actress says it felt like it “turned back on my metabolism.” She admits the weight loss she experienced wasn’t something she even worked for, saying “it came with medications and happened really quickly.”

Yet, it made an undeniable difference in Ariel’s outlook. “When I changed meds, and started feeling better about myself mentally, losing weight was helpful because it made me feel like I wasn’t just stuck. I hate being stuck anywhere in life.”

The upside wasn’t even necessarily her slimmer new frame—”I’ve always had curves and I like having curves,” she says—but her ability to finally see more visible results in the gym. Seeing her body changed helped her unearth her workout motivation again, and now she works out three times a week.

Her sweat sessions consist primarily of strength training. “I’ll do cardio occasionally but I’m not looking to lose any more weight, I’m looking to gain muscle,” she says. “I don’t weigh myself, I don’t care about that.”

Ariel’s not a dieter, either—in fact, she loves pizza, carbs, and a good cheese plate—but she’s trying to make a concerted effort to eat healthier. “I know eating a ton of cheese, bread, greasy food isn’t great for my heart or my insides so I’m working on that,” she says. These days she’s focused on making small changes (think: turkey burgers instead of ground beef) and upping her meal prep game. “I’m trying to make more foods that will last me throughout the week,” she says. Continue reading “Ariel Winter Says She Has 2 Abs And She’s ‘Looking To Get More’ After Her Recent Weight Loss”

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Ariel Winter And Levi Meaden ‘Quietly Split’ Almost 2 Months Ago: ‘They Grew Apart’

Ariel Winter, 21, and Levi Meaden, 32, have called it quits after being in a serious relationship since 2016, and now we’re learning the cause of it all. The Modern Family actress lived with the hunky Canadian and they were often seen looking more in love than ever during romantic outings, but it turns out their close bond unraveled sometime in the summer.

“Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden quietly split at the end of August and she hadn’t really been telling many people,” a source close to the former couple EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife. “Ariel seems to want to try to live a much quieter personal life, especially as of recent. She ended the relationship because she felt it had run its course and she wasn’t feeling it the same way anymore. She’s telling friends she’s very much single and it looks like she really doesn’t see them getting back together again. Nothing bad happened between them at all, it just seems they grew apart.”

It’s clear that nothing bad happened between Ariel and Levi because they were seen leaving a studio in North Hollywood, CA on Oct. 20 and embracing in a friendly hug. Although they have yet to make a public comment about their split, we wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to keep things silent since our source told us Ariel wants privacy.

Since the split, Ariel was spotted out and about with friend Luke Benward, 24, in Los Angeles on Oct. 7. The newly single beauty is now welcome to date anyone she wants but sources previously EXCLUSIVELY told us that there’s “no intimacy” between her and Luke and they have simply just been friends for years.

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Have Ariel Winter and Levi Meaden broken up?

She’s been devoted to boyfriend Levi Meaden since they started dating three years ago. But Ariel Winter was spotted enjoying a cosy one-on-one dinner with a mystery man on Monday, two months after she was last seen with actor Meaden. In Meaden’s place as Ariel dined at the upscale Kiwami in Studio City, California, was the brown haired, bearded man, who wore a Hawaiian shirt for the ‘date’.

The couple sat chatting intently at a table for two over their sushi dinner, before continuing the conversation outside. Usually inseparable from her ten-years-older boyfriend, the Modern Family star has not been pictured with Pacific Rim: Uprising actor Meaden since August.

Ariel began dating Levi in November 2016 when she was 18. The pair have lived together since 2017, and share four dogs.

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Ariel Winter: Her ‘Bittersweet’ Feelings About ‘Modern Family’ Ending Revealed As Final Season Premieres

The eleventh and final season of Modern Family premieres on Sept. 25. For over a decade, audiences have watched the Pritchetts and Dunphys live, laugh and, in the case of Ariel Winter, grow up. Ahead of the final season’s premiere, sources EXCLUSIVELY tell HollywoodLife that the 21-year-old actress is going through all the feelings. “Ariel has literally grown up with her Modern Family costars and sees them as her very own family,” one insider tells us. “They are all so close, and she really can’t imagine what life will be like in this next chapter after the show wraps and they move onto other projects.”

“Ariel loves them, and she knows they will all stay in touch, but it’s bittersweet,” the source tells HollywoodLife. “It won’t be the same not filming on set all the time like they have been for so many years. Ariel has so many amazing memories from over the years and has some big things planned for her future, both personally and professionally. She knows that all good things must come to an end but can’t believe this is the end to such an amazing era that has consumed most of her life. It will definitely be a time she will cherish forever.”

Ariel will also cherish the security that Modern Family will afford her, both emotionally and financially. The “cast is family [and] the money she made will take her through life,” a second source tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. She’ll “pursue other roles she wants to play, but Modern Family will always be the most important professional experience in her life. She grew up with it and became the woman she is thanks to it and the experiences from it. It was a show that really dictated how her life has gone, and the importance of that is not forgotten one bit.”

“She found herself during this period in her life and developed into the person she was always meant to be,” a third source tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “She is so happy, confident, totally in love, and has never felt or looked better. She is moving forward with a feeling of contentment, gratitude, pride for what she has accomplished, and happiness.”

Though, it’s not like Modern Family is over yet. Season 10 of the hit show saw Ariel’s character, Alex Dunphy, graduate and she’s now dealing with a “head-versus-heart” struggle, series co-creator Christopher Lloyd told TV Guide. “She wants to bring her skills into more of a humanitarian place, working for a nonprofit or saving the world. We find her shivering in Antarctica, having signed on with an environmental concern, but she’s hating it. She tries the other side, a more corporate path, which pays her well and offers her a lifestyle she’s unaccustomed to, but there’s a bit of a conscience thing there.”

The final season of Modern Family premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Ariel Winter Appearing In October 3 “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC Shares Storyline Details

September is here, which means major network television series are on the verge of starting their new seasons.

One of those shows is NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” which will return for its milestone 21st season on Thursday, September 26. Entitled “I’m Going To Make You A Star,” the premiere episode will welcome Ian McShane as a guest star.

The new season will continue with “The Darkest Journey Home” on October 3. That broadcast will welcome “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter as its featured guest.

Official plot synopses follow:

“I’M GOING TO MAKE YOU A STAR” (Thursday, Sep. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT)
When an actress accuses a high-powered media mogul of attempted rape, Benson finds herself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse. Changes in the squad room put Carisi between a rock and a hard place. Ian McShane, Peter Gallagher, Zuleikha Robinson and Jamie Gray Hyder guest star.

“THE DARKEST JOURNEY HOME” (Thursday, Oct. 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT)
Benson works with a young woman to help her remember the details and suspects in her rape. In order to learn a new witness interview technique, Rollins and Fin have to experience it for themselves. Ariel Winter and Amy Hargreaves guest star.

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Ariel Winter Dyes Her Hair Back To Black For Final Season Of ‘Modern Family’

Just as we were getting used to Ariel Winter‘s fiery new look, she’s back to black! The actress, 21, debuted her mermaid-esque hair in May, and while she had reportedly been hoping to keep the strawberry shade for the final season of Modern Family, she returned to her previous darker shade. Her book-smart character Alex Dunphy, who Winter has played since the series’ premiere in 2009, has always sported Ariel’s natural black, straight hair.

Ariel’s reverse dye job was revealed via Instagram posts from Modern Family‘s first season 11 table read on Wednesday, July 31st — which also happens to be her co-star Rico Rodriguez‘s 21st birthday. In the group photo posted by co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Winter’s hair, which falls past her shoulders and is parted in the center, is noticeably back to its usual dark color.

The final season of Modern Family premieres on September 25 and production is expected to go until Spring of 2020 – meaning she likely has to stick with the black hair until then.

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Ariel Winter Books Law & Order: SVU Season 21 Guest Role

Ariel Winter has a new TV family, the Special Victims Unit. The Modern Family star will pop up in an early episode of the history-making Law & Order: SVU season 21.

Winter teased a new project, as well as new hair, on Instagram. “Filming something new that I’m really excited about,” she teased.

The Modern Family star was spotted filming alongside SVU mainstay and executive producer Mariska Hargitay. Winter’s episode, airing fall 2019, will explore the newest techniques and methods used to help victims disclose their trauma and recall key details for the investigating police.

So far, season 21 of SVU’s guest cast also includes American Gods and Deadwood star Ian McShane.

In addition to Modern Family, which will return for an 11th and final season on ABC, Winter’s other TV credits include Sofia the First, Minnie’s Bow-Toons, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Phineas and Ferb, ER, Monk and Bones.

Premiering Thursday, Sept. 26, season 21 of SVU makes the NBC drama the longest-running, scripted, live-action primetime series. Gunsmoke and the Law & Order mothership series held the record previously at 20 seasons each.

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10 Minutes With Ariel Winter and Her Mermaid Hair

Ariel Winter is known for playing Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, and Alex Dunphy is known for wearing the same dark hair in every episode. But in real, non-TV life, Winter enjoys playing around with the naturally dirty blonde hair on her head by switching up the color (magenta, red, a variety of wigs) and style (shaggy layers, very good waves, more wigs) whenever she can.

All of this experimenting has led Winter to become the poster child for blowouts — specifically Ulta Beauty’s new blowout service, which offers five different styles at Ulta’s in-store salons for $35 a pop. The Cut quickly caught up with Winter before the launch event to talk animated mermaids, on-set hairstyling, and Peach Rings. Here are seven things we learned.

01. It’s a happy coincidence that she and the animated Ariel have the same hair.
When asked if Disney’s half-fish, half-person princess inspired her recent decision to go red, Winter says it was more born out of an itch to drastically switch things up in general. “Typically, I experiment with my hair a bunch, and like to change it up multiple times. I hadn’t done anything in a year and a half, so I really wanted to try something new; I just didn’t know what.” Eventually, Winter and colorist Tabitha Dueñas decided on a “copper tone” (rather than an animated red), Tim Dueñas gave her a shag, and the “Part of Your World” Instagram captions just flowed organically from there.

02. But she’d like to go Khaleesi next.
Winter is a huge fan of her current color (it’s her favorite yet), but she’s a bigger fan of hair changes and she’d like to turn it up a notch next time you see her. “I want to try really, really white, platinum hair, which I’ve never done before. I probably won’t try it for a minute though. But it’s definitely something on my list.” If you’re feeling similarly, here’s some summer reading to catch up on first.

03. These weren’t real bangs, by the way.
As a hair chameleon who likes to make changes, surely she’s thrown bangs into the mix. I asked Winter if she ever misses her headline-making 2017 bangs from the Critics’ Choice Awards, and she informed me that she doesn’t, really, because she never really had them. “Those were clip-ons!” she tells me. I’ll give you a moment to digest.

04. Alex Dunphy makes getting ready a breeze.
A lot of effortless-looking onscreen and red-carpet hair takes professional amounts of effort, but Alex’s hair mostly requires showing up. “My getting-ready time on set is almost as short as the boys’,” Winter explained. “I basically just wash it and let it air dry. By the time I get there, my hair’s already dry, and it’s already as straight as can be. I probably have the shortest getting-ready time of everyone.”

05. Which leaves more time to ignore Instagram.
Winter’s been known to deal with the army of trolls camped out in her comments by straight-up confronting them. These days, she’s dealing with the everyday soul-sucking reality by switching up her strategy. “It’s been a journey, that’s for sure. I used to get so mad, but as I’ve gotten older, I’m trying to be more positive and just look on that other side instead of focusing on all the negative.” Her tips for handling haters: “I also try to look at Instagram less, way less, in general, and just gloss over it. If I’m reading something and the first part is not nice, I just skip. Next.”

06. She can sleep anywhere.
Winter is staunchly pro-nap, but anti-bedtime in that the bedtime does not exist. Any time can be your bedtime if you believe it can. “I’ve never had a schedule where I have to go to bed at a certain, set time. But I could personally go to sleep at any time. Seriously, I could go to bed at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m. or 4 a.m., doesn’t matter.”

07. And she’s a candy connoisseur.
While famous people tend to answer the provocative “What’s your favorite snack?” question with items that gesture toward health, Winter is proud to champion what we all really want at the end of the day. “I go through weird phases of liking different things, but it’s almost always candy. I had a big Peach Rings phase and a Hot Tamales phase. Right now, I’m really into mint chocolate-chip ice cream. I have six different mint chocolate-chip ice-cream brands in my freezer right now.”