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Julie Bowen: I "Love and Hate" My Kids

USMagazine, Monday, September 19, 2011, 11:01am (PDT)

Parenting isn't always pretty!

Modern Family's Julie Bowen won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Sunday night for her portrayal of Claire Dunphy, a mother of three whose kids' antics sometimes drive her up the wall. The real-life mom of three admits that her experiences as a mom help her to relate to the neurotic character she plays.

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"If I wasn't a mom, I think it'd be harder to understand what it is to live with a child and hate and love them all at once," Bowen, 41, told Us Weekly Sunday at the Governor's Ball in LA. "Claire does that with her kids, and I do that with mine." (Bowen and husband Scott Phillips have a 4-year-old son, Oliver, and 2-year-old twin boys, John and Gus.)

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"I love them so much," she added. "There's always this undercurrent of love, but there are moments when I really wouldn't mind if a giant hook just pulled them off the stage of my life! I think that's how Claire feels. But if I wasn't a parent, I think that dichotomy would confuse me."

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The season premiere of Modern Family is Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.

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