In an exclusive Entertainment Tonight excerpt from the comedy series’ Season 7 DVD, Winter commented, “We first started with [Alex] and she was like super, super, super young, super focused on doing all of her school and getting that done, and not really concerned about like the social aspect. Then you saw Alex transition into being kind of like a more normal teenager – really caring what others think.”
Winter added that some of Alex’s stress dealing with social situations mirrored her own being a TV star.
The actress explained, “You see her having struggles with friends and real life things that are actually interesting for me to go through, as well as having Alex go through. That’s been pretty cool with my life paralleling hers as well. I learned a lot about sending in college essays and how [Alex] dealt with rejection from Harvard!”
While Alex is heading to Caltech, Winter is headed to UCLA next year, deferred until 2017 due to Modern Family‘s production schedule.
Season 8 of Modern Family premieres Wednesday at on ABC.