‘Modern Family’ star Ty Burrell gets parenting advice from Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman


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For a first time dad, it’s usually baby books and baptism by fire when it comes to parenting. ‘Modern Family’ star Ty Burrell got the inside track with tips from costars Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman.

On the set of his new flick ‘Butter,’ Burrell says colleagues including Garner and Jackman were more than willing to chat about family life, as he and wife, Holly, welcomed home a baby girl in March.

‘I had great conversations with those guys about parenting ... it was really cool. Some people on the set had adopted, and we’d adopted, so [we discussed] those tangents as well.’


Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness have two kids, Oscar, 10, and Ava, 4. Garner has two daughters, Violet and Seraphina, with actor Ben Affleck. In ‘Butter,’ Burrell and Garner play a super-competitive couple entered in a butter-carving contest.

While the actor says his filming experience during the ‘Modern Family’ hiatus was like ‘summer camp,’ it was hard leaving his own girls at home so soon.

‘That was definitely a real challenge; we only had her for a few weeks when I had to go away for a little bit. I’m just now kind of getting my fathering legs under me, and it’s incredible. It’s definitely a challenge,’ Burrell said. As for his lovable, Emmy-buzzing character Phil Dunphy on the ABC sitcom, Burrell says he’s surprised with how much he takes away for his own brood.

‘The shocking thing is how much of his parenting I actually like. He’s such a good guy.... I’m sure I’ll screw up plenty, but I definitely think there’s a real lesson there about being positive and doing your best.’

Burrell is currently working with the Oscar Mayer Good Mood Mission, offering lucky contestants a day riding in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. For every contest entry, Oscar Mayer will donate one pound of food to Feeding America (so enter here!).

-- Matt Donnelly

Top photo: Ty Burrell and wife Holly arrive at the Ford’s Theatre Society Annual Gala on June 6 in Washington, D.C. Credit: Kris Connor / Getty Images

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