Julie Bowen Opens Up About Motherhood

Julie Bowen arrives at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 30, 2011.      UPI/Phil McCarten

"Modern Family's" Julie Bowen opens up about motherhood to Us Weekly after winning an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Sunday.

Bowen, who plays mother of three Claire Dunphy on the show, says her own parenting experiences help her relate to her character.

"If I wasn't a mom, I think it'd be harder to understand what it is to live with a child and hate and love them all at once," Bowen, 41, told Us Weekly at the Governor's Ball in LA. "Claire does that with her kids, and I do that with mine."

Bowen and husband Scott Phillips have a 4-year-old son, Oliver, and 2-year-old twin boys, John and Gus, according to Us Weekly.

"I love them so much," she said, as reported by Us Weekly. "There's always this undercurrent of love, but there are moments when I really wouldn't mind if a giant hook just pulled them off the stage of my life! I think that's how Claire feels. But if I wasn't a parent, I think that dichotomy would confuse me."

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