A stylish modern family girl who knows what she wants.
Haley Dunphy (Sarah Hyland) is pretty, fashionable, and a total catch. Even though she lived most of her teenage life partying and scrolling through social media on her phone, Haley resonates with most of the tweens who are still trying to figure out their lives.
- She is a social media expert
- Haley understands and lives fashion
- She’s popular, pretty, but not shallow
The eldest of the Dunphy kids may be seen as a dry-witted girl throughout 11 seasons, but she sure knows how to make her way out of troubles.
Here are 6 instances that will make you realise she is so much more than just a pretty face.
1) Haley can sell a house too
Trying to figure out what to do with life, Haley decides to promote bars and clubs on social media as a part-time gig in hopes of making some money. Despite earning a fine commission of $500 from her first promotional campaign, Claire and Phil seem to be little apprehensive about this career choice (Season 8 episode 3).
Phil (Ty Burrell) realises how brilliant Haley’s marketing brain is, only when she manages to attract a huge group of youngsters (potential buyers) to a “murder house” which Phil hadn’t been able to sell for weeks.
2) Haley doesn’t take NO for an answer
As much as Haley loves to party and take her uninterrupted 10-hours nap, she also makes sure she gets what she wants especially when she’s worked hard for it. In episode 7 of season 6, Haley gets dismissed by the receptionist when she arrives for a job interview with Gavin Sinclair (a snooty fashion designer played by Michael Urie) who according to his employee is “in a mood”.
Cut to the next shot when Haley gets back in her car, crying “Kay, who says (O)Kay? I’m not going anywhere; I’m not going anywhere … (7x times).” With steely determination, she prances back into the office, aces her interview, and gets the assistant’s job she had worked so hard for.
3) She knows she’s good-looking
Haley knows she’s got the looks, the style, the face, and nobody can tell her otherwise.
Haley’s character portrays a girl who’s pretty, popular, and not as smart as her younger sister Alex. She takes pride in being a confident young woman who believes “with great hotness comes great responsibility”.
She plays to her strengths and vainly goes on record admitting that, “If it were easy, everyone would be hot”. A classic Haley one-liner.
4) Haley can be a shady lady
Being the only prodigy in the family (and the show), it is expected of Alex (Ariel Winter) to grill her siblings with thoughtful barbs. But it is Haley who surprised the fans when she threw shade at Alex by saying, “Don’t dork up our room” as she leaves for college, leaving the entire room to Alex.
She gives a taste of her fashion policing skills to Luke (Nolan Gould) when he comes down for breakfast in a dorky outfit. Luke greets everyone by asking “What’s going down y’all?” to which Haley replies “My opinion of you”. Another classic example of Haley’s sarcasm.
5) Giving Claire and Phil a reality check
Claire (Julie Bowen) has been seen worrying about Luke and Haley all the time. Mostly because both of them are not as bright as Alex. But Haley obliterates Claire’s perception when she tells them about her successfully growing fashion blog.
Phil and Claire look embarrassed when Haley pays for the same dinner, they had invited her to (only to ambush her about preparing for the future).
She slams their apprehensions and proves that she is working on her career in fashion, which she not just enjoys but is good at too.
6) Haley is a family girl at heart
The ditzy character of Haley loves to spend time with her family. She actively helps Claire decorate the house during Halloween and even chooses to celebrate her 21st birthday with her family in a bar (unconventional for someone like Haley).
Whether Alex and Haley are bickering over petty things or shaming each other for their insecurities, they personify “the bitter-sweet sisters’ dynamic”. Her idea of a pep-talk may be soaked in sarcasm and insults, but she always comes to the rescue when Alex is distressed.
“You’re obviously going to get into one of those snooty schools, and sometimes you’re gonna come in second. Or fourth. Or maybe even tenth. But you’re gonna dust yourself off, maybe put on some lipstick for once, and keep going.”
This remains one of Haley’s best dialogues from ‘Modern Family’.
Although we didn’t get to see Haley become a successful fashion stylist or brand mogul (since she chose to become a full-time mom by the end of season 11), fans adored her candidness and the ditzy “IT” girl attitude. It would be fun to see “Haley be Haley” in a spin-off series where she navigates through life as the mother of twins.