Ariel Winter, best known for playing Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, is now taking on the big screen alongside WWE's Triple H in The Chaperone, out now! Ariel dishes to J-14 all about the movie from how she relates to her character to working with Triple H!
J-14: What's your character Sally like?
Ariel Winter: She basically this withdrawn, eclectic skater girl, who is really not popular in school. She's not very social. She basically was in pain and hurt for years. She's [now] an outsider.
J-14: Can you relate to that?
Ariel: I really had to dig deep to find that place in my emotional bank to find where Sally was in her life to bring that up. I'm a very happy person, but I like the challenge. I like playing characters that are totally different than myself and that was Sally.
J-14: What was it like working with Triple H?
Ariel: I was told that I was going to be working with a wrestler and you never know what's going to happen. You never know if they are like their wrestling persona. You never know if they're actually going to be really cool people. As soon as I met him, I looked at him eye-level, and I think I was at his stomach. I looked all the way up and I was like "Oh, hi." He has the maturity of a 12 1/2-year-old, so we got along great. It was amazing. He's like real family now. He's basically like my second dad. We keep in touch. We have an amazing bond throughout the film and you can see it when we do scenes together. He's a great actor and he's so sweet.
J-14: We read a quote from Triple H that there's a little romance between you and one of the boys in the cast. He was like; "I've got my eyes on you." What's up with that?
Ariel: Yeah, there was some --Â you know, there's six teenagers on the film. So everyone was like, "Let's have some fun." I guess some people paired up and stuff like that. It was really funny -- he did have a talk with all of the boys before I told him which one, if I even liked one of them. He had a talk with all of them and was like "I've got my eyes on you. She's my daughter while I'm here and her dad's not. You better be good," with a pat on the head.
J-14: Do you have a favorite line from the movie?
Ariel: The line is "That doesn't even make sense," when she's in the elevator with the robbers -- that was one of my favorite lines. It was so funny because they're just these thugs -- they don't really know what they are talking about. They're like, "I'm going to shoot her dead right now" and I'm like, "No, no, no, that doesn't make sense!" They're great -- Kevin Corrigan and Kevin Rankin were amazing thugs. They were hilarious, like you could want nothing more out of a thug.
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