Modern Family’s Stella Steals Emmy’s Heart
While this little French Bulldog may get no love from her on-screen mom, Gloria (Sofia Vergara) she’s stolen the hearts of millions and has become the real life BFF of her onscreen dad, Jay (Ed O’Neill) on ABC’s Modern Family.
Stella’s real name is Brigitte, and like so many French Bulldogs, was misunderstood and returned by her adoptive parents to her breeder with her hat in her hand and no home to go to. Commonly referred to as Frenchies, these pups are playful, very alert and affectionate but cannot be owned and ignored. Proper training is essential, and lucky for Brigitte, that’s just what she got.
Brigitte was discovered by trainer, Guin Dill, and Good Dog Animals, a Los Angeles company that auditions animals for the big and small screens. Under Dill’s tutelage, Brigitte is becoming an audience favorite in the show’s third season. But rumor has it (and it’s a good rumor) that she got her break all because of her looks.
When Dill took her for her audition she was still a very young pup and basically, she charmed the producers who had to have her because she was, “just so cute.” Brigitte also has a very attractive and rare combination of white fur and brown spots known as “pied,” which set her apart from the other auditioning pups.
While her Modern Family character is quite the handful (getting lost, jumping on counters, chewing up shoes, faking drowning in the pool) the real Brigitte is regarded as generally adorable. She loves her toys, playing tug, and sleeping (and not snoring) in bed. And so far she’s playing nice with her new stunt double on the set (what’s next...her own trailer?)
Although her formal acting training is still in progress, word is that this Frenchie is one fast learner and has picked up on cues. It’s been said in hushed circles that she’s learning Human, and learning it fast.
Every time she learns a new trick it’s written into the script. Now that’s Dog Power.
A note from our Celebrity Editor.
Whenever an animal is featured on screen, its popularity soars, encouraging breeders to breed more. Unfortunately, the dogs on screen may not have the temperament or personality of a non-professional and end up much like Brigitte herself. Returned to the breeder. Before adopting any puppy, we encourage you to do your homework...and visit a rescue. www.frenchbulldogrescuenetwork.org
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