Modern Family's New Lily: "Quite the Scene Stealer"

Exclusive! Jesse Tyler Ferguson dishes on show recasting. So how's toddler addition Aubrey Anderson-Emmons fitting in?

By Marc Malkin, Brett Malec Sep 13, 2011 11:55 AMTags

It's bye-bye to baby and hello to toddler Lily on Modern Family.

As you may have heard, the twins who shared the role of Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet's daughter on the hit ABC comedy were recast with a slightly older actress (4 years old, to be exact) named Aubrey Anderson-Emmons.

So how's the new Lily fitting in around set?

"She's very sweet," Ferguson told us at Audi and David Yurman's Pre-Emmy party at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. "It's definitely going from 0 to 100 because our last little girls, Ella and Jaden, the adorable Hiller twins, were a bit catatonic, which is kind of what made them charming. And Aubrey is the exact opposite. She's a talker. She jumps into anyone's arms...I think people will really fall in love with her and she'll be quite the scene stealer."

"It was the right choice," costar Julie Bowen says of the switch. "The Lilys we had before were wonderful girls but whenever they were on set they weren't as happy, and this girl loves being there."

While Aubrey sure sounds like a good fit, the real question is can the little one bring the laughs?

"She's very funny," Ferguson says. "The first day on set, she looked at me and Eric and said, 'Are you real people because you live in a fake house?' Pretty wise."