Ariel Winter has booked her first film role following her long and successful run as Alex Dunphy on ABC’s beloved sitcom Modern Family. Winter is joining Don’t Log Off, an indie feature set entirely during the early days of the COVID-19 quarantine. The comedy-thriller marks the directorial debut from the Baer Brothers, Brandon Baer and Garrett Baer.
Additional casting includes Luke Benward (Dumplin’) Ashley Argota (The Fosters), Brielle Barbusca (Big Time Adolescence), Sterling Beaumon (The Killing), Jack Griffo (Alexa & Katie), Khylin Rhambo (Teen Wolf), and Kara Royster (Pretty Little Liars)
Production is currently underway. The plot, written by the Brothers, revolves around six friends attending a virtual surprise party when the birthday girl suddenly goes missing.
It is a hybrid production, shot both virtually and on location. Beaumon, Benward, and Winter are also producing the project along with Nicole Smolen and Austin Seltzer.
Ariel Winter sees “long-term potential” in boyfriend Luke Benward, 25. The 22-year-old actress and the Dumplin’ actor have been inseparable since they were first spotted together on a dinner date in Oct. 2019. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with a few sources close to the Modern Family star who dished on the lovebirds, revealing they have discussed “marriage” after being in quarantine together the past several months.
“Ariel and Luke are going strong and they’ve definitely discussed their future together,” one insider said. “Ariel not only sees long term potential in Luke, but she could see herself spending the rest of her life with him. Marriage has been a topic of discussion, but Luke’s younger sister, Gracie, 22, just got engaged last month, so she doubts Luke would be popping the question anytime soon. Plus, she knows if they’re going to be together forever, they have all the time in the world to figure things out so there’s no need to rush any of it or put a label on things. Ariel is super chill about it all and she’s just happy being with Luke.”
“Luke is Ariel’s whole world,” another pal close to the couple said. “She’s totally a part of his family and knows him so well. They were friends for so long before they got together so they really have a solid foundation to the relationship. They are such a good match, everyone expects them to go the distance.”
As we previously reported, Ariel and Luke have been friends for years so it’s no wonder she also gets along great with his family. In addition to Luke’s sister Gracie, she’s also close with his mom Kenda, dad Aaron and sister Ella. “Ariel fits in perfectly with Luke’s family, she’s gotten very close to his sisters and his mom, they treat her like one of the family,” HollywoodLife learned EXCLUSIVELY. “Luke is extremely tight with his family, they do dinners together every week and go to church together on Sundays. They’re basically the perfect family and Ariel loves being included, she’s very happy.”
Anyone who watched Modern Family knows Ariel Winter (and her character, Alex Dunphy) as a brunette. However, when the show wrapped its final season in February, she wasted no time dyeing her dark-brown hair strawberry blonde. It didn’t come as a huge surprise — the actor had briefly dyed her hair red in 2019 between seasons and openly pined for a return to an orangey hue. But as much as she loved being a redhead, it appears Winter is ready to move on to an entirely new hair color.
Instead of returning to her natural dark-chocolate shade, Winter has bleached her hair platinum blonde. She debuted the new look on Instagram in a post featuring six similarly-posed photos in which she’s lounging on a striped outdoor sofa in Los Angeles. “Winter Is Coming!!!!!!!!!!!” she wrote in the caption — a Game of Thrones reference combining her last name and recalling the icy-blonde hair of Emilia Clarke’s character, Daenerys Targaryen. “You could play Marilyn,” another comment read. “Looking like Monroe!” a fan added.