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11/12/2011

Growing up in New York as the daughter of two actors, Sarah Hyland was encouraged to find another line of work.

They didn’t want her to follow their footsteps just because they were actors.

“Rejection is a big [part of\] the business and they didn’t want a child to go into that,” she says.

Instead, Hyland followed her heart — into acting — and now she’s on the hit ABC series “Modern Family” and stars in the Disney Channel’s “Geek Charming,” airing Friday at 8 p.m.

“I’m very competitive,” she says. “When I was like four, I would see a Shake ’N Bake commercial and see a little girl on that and think, I can do that. I might be better.”

Acting came naturally to her, she says, crediting the genes of parents Edward James Hyland and Melissa Canaday.

“It kind of clicks,” she says. “I just read something and I get it. I feel the words and how they’re supposed to be read.”

Interestingly, when she was offered the part in “Geek Charming,” she said yes without reading the script, in part, because she would be able to do the film with her actor-boyfriend Matt Prokop.

“That was very intriguing from the get go,” she says. “I was like, yeah, sure.”

The producers asked her to read the script, which she loved.

“It was a lot of different from the geekcoms I’ve read in the past,” she says. “There’s twists and stuff, but not, oh my God, sleeping with my boyfriend things, it’s a lot deeper and a lot more raw than other geekcoms I’ve read.”

In it, Hyland plays a spoiled 16-year-old who just wants to be the Blossom Queen at the spring formal. When she drops her designer handbag into a fountain, it’s retrieved by a self-proclaimed film geek played by Prokop. Their unlikely meeting leads to him making a campaign video for her, and, well, he gets to see the real person.

Working with Prokop was a treat, she says.

“Sometimes when you have a long day at work, you’re rushing through it and you want to get home and see your dog and your boyfriend because you have a comfort zone there,” she says. “Since he was on the set, the comfort zone was there, making it more fun.”

The film was shot during the hiatus from “Modern Family,” where she’s back at work on the current season.

Though only 20, she’ll be 21 on Thanksgiving, Hyland has a great run so far between TV, film (she was in Howard Stern’s “Private Parts” and musical theater.

“I think success right now is not about how famous you are or how much you’re getting paid,” she says, “but it’s more about if you’re steadily working and you’re happy with what you’re doing.”

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