I thought the twins who played Baby Lily and who had a legion of fans were so adorable and irreplacable.
This is what is on their twitter page right now, as they have been replaced:
Retired at age 2 3/4. Played the adopted daughter to Mitch and Cam on Modern Family, ABC Seasons 1 & 2.
But apparently Hollywood is tough and the script fast forwards the character Baby Lily from 17 months to age 4 and cast a new girl who looks nothing like the twins (Jaden & Ella Hiller) who used to play her.
I love the values of the show but already find the script getting a bit too caricaturish and predictable. I still watched, because Jaden and Ella were so darn cute, and I think many others think so too, going by the response I got on my Baby Lily posts. It seems they wanted a more expressive child, but I thought the twins’ deadpan look was super cute (although that may have been due to the original twins’ fear of the camera and bright lights?). This is because off screen the twins look so chirpy and happy.
I never like it when characters on a TV show get replaced. I still recall I was upset about Sandy Duncan replacing Valerie on the show Valerie that Jason Bateman used to star when he was a teenager.
Perhaps the new Baby Lily will grow on the audience as most child actors do. She’s played by Korean American comedian, Amy Anderson’s daughter, Aubrey. To me she doesn’t resemble the original actresses at all. It’s obvious that it’s a totally different kid. And why couldn’t they get a Vietnamese child in the first place, as the kid is supposed to be adopted from Vietnam. Sorry, just me griping again, but I don’t like the feeling that perhaps they think all Asians look alike.
On a different but sort of related note, blogger Josie spotted our Singapore Airlines’ Sarong Kebaya on an episode of Modern Family. She has sharp eyes.