Ariel Winter, 20, has plans for November 6. The actress is voting in the midterm elections, and she expects to see you at the polls! HollywoodLife caught up with the Modern Family star at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s A Time For Heroes Family Festival, and she told us in an EXCLUSIVE interview that there’s no excuse to not vote if you’re 18 and over!
“If you’re confused about how to do it, there are people everywhere that you can ask; there are websites that can [help you] figure it out,” she said. If you can’t make it to the polls, you can mail in your ballot, which is what I did.” Solid advice! “I just think it’s important to vote in general because whatever say we can have in shaping our future is very important,” she continued. “What’s interesting is that while a lot of people in my generation find it important to vote, they don’t always get out there and do it. They’ll tell everybody else, ‘you have to go vote’ or ‘I voted,’ but they haven’t really done it.”
Don’t be that person! While Ariel says that she has “a lot of political views” she doesn’t like sharing the specifics. What she wants is for everyone to vote. “I just think it’s important to just [vote for] whoever you want or whoever you feel passionate about. Go out and vote, and hopefully it’s [for] something good — and not something terrible.” Yes, that would be ideal! The November 6 midterms are just nine days away now, but there’s still time to make a difference. Check HERE via our partner, Rock the Vote, for all the information you need to make informed decisions before casting your ballot.
When news broke that a “Modern Family” character was going to be killed off, fans feared the worst. So did cast members.
Ariel Winter said she and her co-stars learned that someone was going to die when headlines about it first started popping up on news sites.
“We got the table draft like 10 minutes later and I opened it and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, it’s me, I’m done. They fired me,’” Winter told Variety while attending the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s A Time for Heroes Family Festival in Los Angeles. “And then I’m like, ‘It’s not me, thank God,’ but also sad because we no longer have Shelley Long.”
Long’s character, DeDe Pritchett, met her demise on the show’s Halloween episode, ending the speculation of which “Family” member would be offed. For the show, dealing with grim subject matter was also new ground.
“We’ve never really talked about death before on the show,” Winter added. “It’s a very sad topic, but I think we tried to make it as light hearted as possible to just show how everybody deals with death differently. Grieving is not always the way you think it is, so I think it’s important.”
We caught up at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation 30th Anniversary at A time For Hero’s Family Festival on Oct 28.
Winter has dealt with intense online bullying. The 20-year-old actress recently took a social media break and deleted her Twitter due to extreme cyberbullying.
She she says the best way to deal with it is by understanding the other person.
“You know you also have to wonder well, what’s happened that you are feeling inclined to write that to somebody?”
Her point is something we should remember. We have to realize that peoples comments really have nothing to do with us and everything to do with them. Mentalhealth.net explains the psychology of anger. They state that anger can consciously or subconsciously be chosen as a substitute of an emotion. “Sometimes people make themselves angry so they don’t have to feel pain. People change their feelings of pain into anger because it feels better to be angry than it does to be in pain.” This is where bullying can stem from.
Regardless, negative energy can be really draining. Especially if you are in the public eye. So how does the Modern Family star stay grounded?
She shares the key to staying grounded is focusing on what’s really important, “I don’t really buy into Hollywood so much. I enjoy doing what I do. I enjoy acting and that’s really it. It’s fun to go to some different events and it’s fun to go to different parties, whatever they may be but I’m a homebody, I like staying home. I love hanging out with my family and I try to keep in mind what’s real in life. The people around me, the things I do and the people who support me. That’s real life, you know?”
What we can learn from Ariel is it’s important that we separate ourselves from a negative reality. We need to focus on what is real and who we are.
Regardless of the harsh bullying, the actress says we shouldn’t let it stop us from living our lives. In an interview with Seventeen, she vowed she would never quit social media. “I definitely have pushed myself to deal with the good and the bad because I feel there are so many girls who need to hear positivity,” she expressed. “I feel like as many of us women who can band together and discuss things in a positive way will be so beneficial. Losing one person in that discussion wouldn’t be helpful.”
The “Modern Family” star and her beau, Canadian actor Levi Meaden, donned not one, not two, but three different coordinated costumes to celebrate the holiday.
On Saturday, the couple was spotted in the light of day as they were seen leaving a party dressed up as characters from “The Incredibles.”
Later on, Winter posted a photo on Instagram of the pair dressed as Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock from the 2002 American Music Awards.
Her decision to include Kid Rock in her Halloween costume drew some ire from fans because of his political views. Winter responded to the criticism by saying, “We do not support anything he does. This was just a costume that has nothing to do with politics.”
Winter and Meaden ended their night by dressing as Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino from “Scarface.”