'Modern Family' cast at SAG Awards

The cast members of "Modern Family," SAG Award winners for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series, pose in The Times' photo booth at the awards show. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / January 18, 2014)

It was meant to be a lighthearted question: “What did you learn from your mothers about beauty?”

That’s what a reporter asked the females in the cast of “Modern Family” when they came backstage at the SAG Awards on Saturday evening, awards in hand.

“Ariel should take this one,” Ed O’Neill said, prompting Sofia Vergara to push Ariel Winter forward.

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What’s wrong with that, you might ask? Well, Winter, 15, has been embroiled in a nasty public spat with her mother over the past year or so, with the young actress, who's now living with her older sister, accusing her mother of calling her fat and depriving her of food.

Suffice to say, when Winter was pushed toward the microphone, she looked like a deer in the headlights and awkwardly backed away. And then her costars graciously answered on her behalf.

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