Sarah Hyland Hopes ‘Vampire Academy’ Scores With “Supportive” Fans


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Best known for her work on Modern Family, Sarah Hyland is also carving out a career in film. Vampire Academy, based on the popular book penned by Richelle Mead, co-stars Gabriel Byrne (he plays her father in the feature) hits theaters on February 7. The actress is hoping the book’s diehard fans will have a positive experience with the film version.

“I really hope the fans love the movie,” said Hyland, who starred last year in the Lifetime film Bonnie & Clyde. “They’ve been so supportive since the beginning. They make the most beautiful fan art I’ve ever seen. Sometimes I think fans should make the posters instead of the people that do. Our posters are amazing, I’m not demeaning them in any way…there are beautiful artists out there that are fans of the book. I just hope they like because they’re the ones invested in it. Even more than we are, I think. We put our souls into it, but they are the souls of the book.”

Photo: (Modern Family/ABC/Bob D'Amico)

During interviews for Vampire Academy, I asked Hyland how she stays “in the moment” as an actress, and she admitted that it differs from project to project. With Modern Family, the level of comfort definitely helps the process, and in one instance she recounts shooting a scene that she doesn’t even remember working on. Check out the audio clip below:

A new episode of Modern Family airs Wednesday night (ABC, 9 pm et/pt), with Vampire Academy opening on Friday.

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