The pilot episode of the television series Modern Family, written by Steven Levitan and The episode begins at the home of Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire ( Julie Bowen) Dunphy and their three children; Haley (Sarah Hyland), Alex (Ariel Winter) Plot · Production · Reception · References. The Modern Family star can do more than just act. In fact, she can speak two different languages. Julie Bowen happens to be bilingual and is. Julie Bowen, ' Modern Family ' - Julie Bowen was pregnant with twins while shooting the Modern Family pilot. She spent most of her time hiding behind cereal. Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer (born March 3, ), known professionally as Julie Bowen, is an American actress. She is best known for playing Carol Vessey on Ed (–04), Denise Bauer on Boston Legal (–07), Sarah Shephard on Lost (–07), and Claire Dunphy on the comedy Modern Family (since ). Low church · Sex and Death · Calvert School. Get to know Julie Bowen as Claire from Modern Family. Read the official ABC bio, show quotes and learn about the role at ABC TV. Julie Bowen, Actress: Modern Family. Julie Bowen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the middle daughter of Suzanne and John Luetkemeyer Jr., a real.