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'Modern Family' Star Aubrey Anderson-Emmons Bonds With Comedian Mom Amy Anderson

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Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Lily on Emmy-winning series "Modern Family," enjoyed some mother-daughter time with her mom, comedian Amy Anderson, on a trip to San Francisco earlier this month. Not only was it the 9-year-old's first time in the Northern California city, it was also her first time hosting a fashion show, for the eco-friendly shoe brand Plae.

Aubrey and Amy spoke to mom.me about fashion, yet another Emmy nomination for the cast of "Modern Family," and how Amy stays organized with their busy schedules.

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Aubrey, if you could describe your fashion sense in one word, what would it be?


Playing off the name of the shoe, Plae, what are some of your go-to games or sports?

Aubrey: I like to ride horses. I’m doing horse camp. I already did cooking camp.

Congrats on the "Modern Family" Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series. Did you guys celebrate in any way, or are you like, “This is old hat. We do this every year”?

Aubrey: We just kind of scream for a little bit, and then it dies down.

What can we look forward to in the upcoming season of “Modern Family”?

Amy: Aubrey, in general, hasn’t gone to the table reads yet because when she started, she wasn’t old enough to read, and her part was substantially shorter when she started as a 4-year-old, so they would just have one of the writers read her lines. It’s a convenience to us, because sometimes if you’re not working on that day, shooting scenes, you have to drive all the way down there just to do the table read. If you’re a minor like her, you have to put in three hours of school.

We won’t even know what’s happening in each episode. They keep us on our toes. I guess they don’t want everyone to give away secrets.

Amy, with traveling and shooting schedules, how do you keep everything organized as a mom?

Amy: I don’t. I’m one of those people who used to be really organized until I had a kid, so now I’d say I’m pretty organized—not very. For me, I think the trick is to not let things sit. If an email comes in, or a text or whatever that’s about our schedule or something we have to do, I have to put it in the calendar immediately or it’s just trouble. Somebody once said to me a long time ago, "If it takes you a minute or less to do, do it now." And I try to live by that rule, because I find a lot of that stuff really does just take a minute. Just do it. Just stop what you’re doing and do it, and it always pays later because if you don’t, it’s catastrophic. Because if it’s not in my calendar, then it doesn’t exist.

Aubrey, what’s your favorite thing about your mom?

Aubrey: She’s awesome.

Amy, what's your favorite thing about Aubrey? (We know it's everything, but if you had to pick one thing.)

Amy: My favorite thing about Aubrey is that she’s going to pay her own college tuition. [laughs] And health insurance. [laughs again] No, it’s an all-encompassing thing, but the thing I love most about Aubrey is that she’s always up for anything. I just love her adventurous spirit. Ever since she was little, she was just the kind of kid where you could just go, "Hey, let’s do this," and she would go, "OK, let’s try it." I feel like the older she gets, the more she’s like that.

Aubrey: Not for food, though.

Amy: She’s better with food. She just ate a whole salad the other day. She made it with real vegetables, like cucumbers and carrots! Even the older she gets. Because sometimes I feel like it’s the opposite: The older we get, the more close-minded we are, but she’s still in that sweet spot of life where she’s open to anything and I love that, and it helps me stay open to things.

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