Ariel Winter: Lawyer Gig For ‘Modern Family’ Star After Emancipation And Season Finale

Ariel Winter may become a lawyer after her Modern Family starring role. The 17-year-old actress revealed the news just after she became emancipated from her family, reported People.

Known for her portrayal of always witty Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, Ariel made the announcement at the screening for the show’s season finale on May 20.

“I toured schools in California, and I’m going to take a tour of East Coast schools,” said Winter of her lawyer goal.

Ariel believes that a career in law and business will provide her with the stability for which she yearns in contrast to acting, despite her success. But that doesn’t mean that she’s abandoning the art of acting.

“I would love to continue acting but it’s definitely important to go and do something else. You never know if something’s not going to work out, if one day acting is like, ‘No, we don’t like you anymore!'”

Scheduled to graduate next year, Winter believes that providing herself with alternatives is important. And she also is serious about continuing her education.

“You gotta have something else you can do. I’ve always been interested in law so I think it’ll definitely be something that I’ll love to do and also go to school for,” added Ariel.

As the Inquisitr reported, Ariel expressed a longing to be “normal” by attending her high school prom.

With father Glenn Workman cheering, Ariel attended prom with boyfriend Laurent Claude Gaudette.

“Dad saw me off to #prom!! Love him,” wrote Winter.

She posted photos showing her dress choice and Laurent’s tux.

“Shmoopberry and I take prom,” added Ariel.

But it’s been a tumultuous year for the young Modern Family star because of her custody battle, reported E News.

“I am now officially emancipated!!!” tweeted Ariel on Friday.

Since 2012, Winter lived with her sister Shanelle Gray. That change in her residence occurred when she charged her mother with emotional and physical abuse.

However, her mother, Chrisoula Workman, denied the allegations although a judge ruled that child protective services did discover Ariel had been emotionally abused.

But now that she is emancipated, Ariel expressed her appreciation to her sister, father, and fans.

“I’m really lucky I have an amazing support system and lovely people in my life who have given me the support and guidance to have been given this wonderful opportunity. Most importantly I want to thank @shanelle_gray and my father for their special support regarding this matter, I really couldn’t have done it without them.”

And she looks forward to the next stage in her life, added Winter.

“Thank you to all of my family, friends, and fans who have supported me through all of my endeavors in life, and have encouraged me. Thank you for making my life so special! I can’t wait to embark on my new adventures. xo.”

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