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Ariel Winter dishes on trolls, why she left UCLA: 'I don't know what it is about me'  1 Month ago

Source:   USA Today  

After playing the same character on "Modern Family" for 10 years, Ariel Winter said she's ready for something new.

The 21-year-old actress talked the end of her long-running ABC series, her short-lived college career and how she deals with Instagram trolls in a story in The Hollywood Reporter.

"It's strange to think that it's coming to an end. It will be hard to say goodbye," she said of "Modern Family," which will end in 2020. "It will be hard to leave that, but I am excited to do new things. I'm excited to play new roles and to do things that challenge me a little more."

Winter has played the same role on the series since its premiere in 2009.

"Alex is a great character, but Alex doesn't change a ton," she said. "I was a kid as Alex on the show and now I'm an adult as Alex, so it's a little different than the roles I want to play. I don't want to play kid to adult. I want to just play my age now."

Although her character Alex Dunphy may be a brainiac, Winter confessed she struggled to balance school with acting and stopped attending college six months after enrolling.

"I loved going (to UCLA); however, I overestimated what I could do at that time. … I wasn't really able to get to the majority of my classes," she said. "It just didn't make sense at the time."

Winter added being an actress is more important to her than being a celebrity.

"I'm not really a fame person," she said. "I like to act. I like to work."

Something Winter could do without, however, are the Instagram trolls that criticize her body.

"I don't know what it is about me," said Winter, who has shut down body-shamers in the past. "I feel like people sometimes think that just because they see us on TV that they're in our lives and they get to comment in such a harsh way. I think that's very confusing."

She realized the criticism was getting to her when she felt the need to change.

"Maybe I need to lose weight, maybe I should have my hair this color, and I tried doing all of those things," she said. "And it didn't change anything. Then it was something else to criticize."

Despite the negativity, Winter said she leaves her comments on.

"I learned that people will say what they say regardless," she said. "I spent so much time trying to make other people happy that I didn't make myself happy. ... But I try now to ignore the mean comments. I have not had a lot of success with ignoring them recently."

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