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INTERVIEW: Sarah Hyland and Turbo FAST pay homage to Gossip Girl

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Modern Family star gets animated

Modern Family's Sarah Hyland has a new gig: She's playing the voice of one super gossip-y snail on Netflix's animated show, Turbo FAST. Why'd she take the part and what should we expect? Hyland fills us in.

SheKnows recently caught up with Modern Family star, Sarah Hyland, and chatted with her about all things animated, including her work on Turbo FAST and her love of DreamWorks. The super-talented and sweet star had plenty to share, especially about her excitement over her role in Turbo FAST, where she's voicing Gossip Snail.

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"I'm a huge fan of DreamWorks," Hyland shared when we asked her why she signed on to the show. "And the movie Turbo itself was really good. So, when I heard about it I was like, 'Yes. I don't even know who I'm playing, but yes.'"

That "yes" turned out to be especially fun for Hyland, as she's playing the cartoon version of Gossip Girl, an old high-school favorite.

"I found out I would be playing Gossip Snail, which is a form of Gossip Girl pretty much," Hyland explained. "So I thought that that would be fun because me and my friends in high school would always have the joke of, 'XOXO, Gossip Girl.'"

A snail version of Gossip Girl? Sounds pretty awesome to us. The star shared a little more about the show and her character, who unbeknownst to her actually helps stop a robbery in progress. Even the original Gossip Girl never managed something like that.

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"There are these two robber snails who go into the camp to rob it, but Gossip Snail comes on and they get distracted," said Hyland. "So, they end up watching Gossip Snail and I play Gossip Snail's voice. So, I play the voice that they're watching and it's an homage to Gossip Girl kind of. She says, 'Hugs and kisses, Gossip Snail.' And it's got the whole drama factor to it. So, it was a lot of fun to play because I got to play a voice of something that I watched as a teenager."

As excited as we are for the episode, we thought Turbo FAST might need a little bit of selling, as it's an animated kids series. However, Hyland assured us that the show caters to everyone, from kids to even former Gossip Girl fans.

"I think it's really funny," Hyland shared. "It's kid-friendly, but it also has jokes I think parents and adults will find funny. DreamWorks always has a great sense of playing to all ages and I think that's what's really great about it."

Now that Hyland has done voice acting and onscreen acting, we couldn't help but ask whether she ended up liking the chance to do voice acting. After all, the two are fairly different and a lot of actors complain about the isolation when in the studio. For the laid-back actress, the time spent off-camera is actually kind of nice.

"You get to come in with no makeup on," Hyland teased. "That is a really big thing, actually. You don't have to come in two hours early to go through hair and makeup and wardrobe. And you really get to just concentrate and focus on the acting of it and just make sure that it's portrayed through your voice, which I really love."

Turbo FAST isn't the only animation Hyland gets behind. She loved Shrek and even took part in the Shrek: The Musical workshop when she was younger. Lately, though, she's been obsessed with Frozen. She shared that she's super excited for the Broadway musical to happen and can't wait to see what new Disney magic they can bring to the stage. However, when we asked her if she'd ever want to be a part of the show, she was hesitant to answer for fear of jinxing something.

We also know Hyland loves to sing and couldn't help asking if an album might be in her future.

"I'm not coming out with an album or anything. I'm an actress first and foremost," Hyland said. "I did a lot of musical theater when I lived in New York. It's hard to do that out here in L.A. because there's not much of it. So, I still sing in my car and shower. I love singing, it's a huge part of my life. But, I'm definitely not going to be coming out with my own album or anything."

So, an album is out of the question, but it definitely sounds like Hyland might be ready for some more animated roles. We can't wait to see what's next for Hyland and to finally witness her voice work in Turbo FAST. Her specific episode titled "Home on our Own" doesn't come out until next year – talk about suspense – but a new batch of episodes will premiere tomorrow, so be sure to check them out.

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