TWoP: I hope he has a good stunt person, because he seems like he's always getting into trouble.
Burrell: [Laughs.] I know, it's so good. He's another great example of just being totally up for whatever it is.
TWoP: Since your immediate family's shot separately from all the other characters most of the time, do you know what's going on in the rest of the show?
Burrell: To a degree. It's kind of cool in that, in some point of the episode, we're usually with some member of the family and occasionally the whole family. But also, it's cool when we're not spending a ton of time with the family. We're all at the same table read, but often times, when we get to watching the episode, I get to just watch Mitch/Cam and Jay/Gloria with the rest of America. And I'm a just huge fan of those two families.
TWoP: Now, the Emmys are coming up. Are you hopeful you're going to get nominated?
Burrell: You know, I'm mainly just glad to be on a show that's staying on the air. It may sound like setting the bar low, but considering my personal experience on TV and viewing the landscape, I'm just really focused on keeping the show as good as we all can, and just enjoying the joy of making the show hopefully for a long time. And if the show gets nominated, that would be a wonderful bonus. But it truly is just a bonus.
TWoP: You're not staying up sleepless nights wondering what you're going to submit or anything?
Burrell: No, no. I'm not. I'm really thrilled to be on the show.
TWoP: Well, I think it'll be on for a while. It's the show that whenever you ask anybody what they're watching, they're like, "Oh, I love Modern Family!" It seems to have a good cross-section, a big demographic, from moms to teens.
Burrell: That's been the greatest feedback that any of us have gotten. When you pass a whole family on the street and they say they all watch it together. Occasionally, you'll even have three generations saying it. That's just been amazing. I would love if that continues to grow, that broad fanbase.
TWoP: So, an upcoming episode has you going to Hawaii. Are there any weird Tiki necklaces or giant spiders a la The Brady Bunch that come up?
Burrell: No, but it's funny, because that was my reference point, too. I was like, "Well, if we're going to Hawaii, this has got to be a Brady Bunch sort of deal." But it's much less '70s than that. Because it's a single-camera show, it's just another episode that happens to take place in Hawaii. I think we set this precedent, that I guess a lot of other single-camera shows have, that when we say we're going to do something, the audience really gets to see it. We're not doing that thing that used to happen in the '70s and '80s, and it still happens on multi-camera shows, where we would just come back through the front door with Hawaiian stuff on.