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Julie Bowen Opens Up About Her Childhood: “I Was Pretty Nerdy!"

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Dec. 13 2012, Published 9:43 a.m. ET

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It's hard to believe that Julie Bowen was anything but cool and funny, but apparently that wasn't so.

The Modern Family star is one of the most hilarious women on TV, but back in the day she wasn't popular.

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The actress is on the cover of the December/ January issue of Boston Common magazine and she dishes about being a mom and what she was like as a kid.

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On motherhood

“The boys are finally at an age where I find them to be so luscious and fantastic that I don’t want to be away if I don’t have to be. We all love each other,” she says. “And at least two or three times a week they wish I would just jump off a cliff, and sometimes the feeling is mutual.”

“Everyone else goes off and does fancy films, and I stay home and tie beach balls to the oak tree in the front yard so the kids have something to hit instead of me.”

On her youth

“I was pretty nerdy,” she says. “I was kind of serious about school, so it’s ironic that later on I’d be in a profession where absolutely nothing is very serious.”

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On her Emmy win

“They said my name and it sounded to me like what I imagine a fish sounds like underwa­ter. It was so slow motion that it was like Jooooooleeeee Bowwwwwen.”

On the similarities between herself and character Claire Dunphy

“The real­ity is, Claire is a mom who has older kids,” says Julie, who was pregnant with her twins during the pilot. A lot of what Claire deals with on a day-to-day basis doesn’t reso­nate with the actress—yet. “I might grow into a Claire, but I’m definitely not dealing with the issues of sex and boys at school.”

For more on Julie's interview, pick up Boston Common that's on stands now!

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