Ariel Winter had an incredible high school graduation weekend — proving once again that she couldn't be more different than her Modern Family alter ego, Alex Dunphy.
Winter shared a snap from her luxe-looking graduation party, thrown by her sister Shanelle Gray and her husband.
"Couldn't be more grateful to @shanelle_gray & @davidbarrygray for throwing me the most amazing graduation party ever last night," she wrote on Instagram. "The amount of love and support they've shown me for the past four years has been life changing. My sister is my absolute best friend and my everything... Thank you so much. I couldn't be luckier or more grateful." OK, Alex and Hayley Dunphy are always there for each other in the end, but we can't quite see either of the catfighting sisters writing such a sentimental post.
Couldn't be more grateful to @shanelle_gray & @davidbarrygray for throwing me the most amazing graduation party ever last night...the amount of love and support they've shown me for the past four years has been life changing. My sister is my absolute best friend and my everything... Thank you so much. I couldn't be luckier or more grateful. I was in awe last night and I still am that you guys love me that much to do all of that for me...I never would be where I am today without you two...you guys saved me and taught me to be the person I am today. Dad...I love you!!! Thank you for always being there to support and love me as well and always put a smile on my face no matter what :). I'm so grateful for the bond we now share. Alenah the song you put together with Shanelle and recorded for me was one of the most special gifts I've ever received. I'm still tearing up thinking about it. Thank you for that and for your beautiful, special performance. Also a big thank you so much to Geraldine for putting it all together and to @contemporarycatering @robpauerful for the most amazing food! A special thank you as well to Sharon who is probably the biggest reason I was able to get through high school and accepted into college...you pushed me to always do my best and encouraged me...not to mention you were always there for my 1am freak outs about late projects :) Anddddd thank you SO MUCH to all of my amazing family members and friends that flew in to celebrate with us- you guys are the absolute best. Thank you also to the ones who didn't have to fly in...so much love was felt all around last night. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!! Class of 2016... #uclabound
For comparison's sake, on the Modern Family episode when Alex graduated, her entire bumbling family struggled to meet up to celebrate while her mother got emotional over the children's growing up. Eventually, of course, there was a party — but it was a little different than the gold-tinged, formal affair that Winter's sister threw for her. Girl knows how to get down, and we love that about her.
One commonality between the two: Winter is headed to UCLA, while her character has been studying at the equally great California university Caltech. That's quite an achievement, for both her real and fictitious sides.
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