If you’re a fan of ‘Modern Family,’ then you are undoubtedly familiar with the quirky character Phil Dunphy, portrayed by Ty Burrell, a two-time Emmy winner. But let’s take a moment to shift the spotlight to Ty’s lesser-known other half, his wife Holly Burrell, whose journey in the entertainment world took an unexpected turn.
Holly’s entry into the entertainment industry closely mirrored that of her husband’s. After receiving a theater degree from the University of Utah, she met Ty at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. The couple later moved to New York City, both eager to pursue their acting dreams.
While Ty eventually found fame and success as an actor in Hollywood, Holly made a life-altering decision to step away from the spotlight. She followed her heart and delved into her love for cooking. In an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune in 2015, she said:
“After a couple years, I decided I probably was not cut out for the business. You have to really want to do it, and I just didn’t have the thing you need. I was interested in other things.”
So, Holly decided to pursue a new path and enrolled in a pastry course at the prestigious French Culinary Institute in the U.S. With determination, she developed her culinary skills and eventually found work in a bakery. Once Ty landed his role in ‘Modern Family,’ they moved to Los Angeles, resulting in Holly having to bid farewell to her bakery job. Still, she continues to pursue her passions at home.
On the other hand, their journey toward parenthood took a different route. Unable to have biological children, they turned to adoption. In 2010, they welcomed their first daughter, Frances, into their loving home. Two years later, their family grew once again with the adoption of a second daughter, Gretchen.
The couple still splits their time between the two locations, Los Angeles and Utah, and maintains a two-bedroom apartment in Queens, New York, which they have turned into a rental property. They have also ventured into the culinary world, owning several eating establishments across Utah.