Fall TV Preview 2009

An Interview With Baltimore Native and 'Boston Legal' Actress Julie Bowen

(By Bob D'amico -- Abc)
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Sunday, September 6, 2009

We like Julie Bowen, and not just because she's from Baltimore. We like her because she slow-danced to "Endless Love" with Adam Sandler on an ice rink in "Happy Gilmore." We liked her sass on the macho lawyer series "Boston Legal." She reminds us of the popular girl in high school who was nice to everyone without losing her edge. We talked to her the other day at 5:30 a.m. her time, as she was cutting through the canyons of Los Angeles on her way to the set of ABC's promising sitcom "Modern Family," which focuses on three couples and their assorted problems.

-- Dan Zak

It's so early.

I know, but this is life. This is what we have to do.

On "Modern Family" you have three kids, and in real life you have three kids -- do you worry about getting burned out on family on both ends?

Yeah. My husband -- my real-life husband -- asks me, "What do you think single Julie would be doing now?" Probably going to parties, getting a pedicure, going for a long run. I had many decades of me time and now I just don't have that anymore. There are days when I rail against it.

How'd you get this job?

I read the script and desperately wanted to do it, but I was really pregnant with twins and the character wasn't. I jumped through a lot of hoops. I auditioned, begged and pleaded, and they agreed to shoot around my gigantic belly.

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