Julie Bowen Praises Modern Family Daughter Sarah Hyland After Abusive Relationship: She Is “So Great”

Julie Bowen and Sarah Hyland
Modern Family Julie Bowen stood up for her TV daughter Sarah Hyland following the news that she recently ended an abusive relationship. Jonathan Leibson/WireImage

Family isn't always a blood relative. Modern Family star Julie Bowen opened up about her on-screen daughter Sarah Hyland at the Baby2Baby Gala on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Culver City, Calif. 

Hyland's costar played a key role in helping the actress end her allegedly abusive relationship with ex-boyfriend Matt Prokop. Bowen, 44, came over to Hyland's house several months ago to help her "peacefully end the relationship." At the event, the Emmy winner opened up about the experience and her TV daughter, 23. 

"Oh, well the reality is I’m just nosy," the mother of three joked to Us Weekly. "I stick my nose in anything and everything. I love my kids, my fake kids and my real kids, so if anyone needs help I’m a soft touch."

Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland dated Matt Prokop after more than five years of dating. The Modern Family actress claims her ex was abusive of her. David M. Benett/Getty Images

Now that Hyland and Prokop have officially split and the actress has been granted a restraining order, Bowen says her costar is better than ever.

"Oh my God Sarah is so great," she told Us Weekly. "She’s an angel. Just love her. I love her. I love all my fake kids though and my real kids."

As for advice she'd give to Hyland moving forward, Bowen thinks much can be learned from her own dating screw ups. 

"I personally made a million dating mistakes when I was young," she admitted. "I didn't live in the public eye, and my life was totally different than say Sarah’s, I mean this is strictly about me. I made so many mistakes, but I made them when I was young, didn't get married, didn't have babies, and moved on. I think that’s the time to make them, like your twenties are for really just effing up. And I think that actually you know Sarah is not even 25, and she’s already way ahead of where I ever was, so she’s in great shape and she didn't do anything to eff anything up. I think that’s what being young is for! You can rebound and do great and I did, and she’s awesome and I’m awesome."

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