Modern Family’s French bulldog Stella dies shortly after filming series finale
The adorable family pet was played by a dog named Beatrice. It has played the role since season four.
The dog that played Stella in the hit TV show Modern Family died just as the show is coming to the end of its 11-season run.
According to The Blast on Monday (Mar 16), citing sources familiar to the situation, the pet actor named Beatrice died shortly after filming the series finale on Feb 21.
Beatrice took over the role of Stella from another dog named Brigitte in season four. Stella was first introduced in the season two episode Good Cop Bad Dog when Jay Pritchett reluctantly gets a dog.
Ed O’Neill, who plays Jay, has been known to shower Beatrice with love both on and off camera. Beatrice’s owners Guin and Steve Solomon told the blog Bodie on the Road in 2017: “Ed O’Neill is in love with her! It’s very easy working with him because he brings Beatrice treats like popcorn and always looks out for her.”
They added: “We’ll be doing scenes in the backyard by the pool and in between takes he’ll say, ‘Would you please get Beatrice an umbrella, she’s in the sun!’”
According to her owners, Beatrice was widely loved by others in the crew as well, who would love to play with her when she was out and about on set.
Beatrice had appeared in other productions including TV series Workaholics and The Kominsky Method, and commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts and Chase Bank.
With the show coming to a close after a successful 11 seasons, the cast of Modern Family shared their goodbyes, with Vergara posting a video on Instagram of the cast and crew singing on set.
She wrote: “What a day!! Saying goodbye to our Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell, told Entertainment Tonight: “There’s a great freedom that comes with finishing up an 11-year run of something artistically. I can do whatever I want to do. But the reality of the situation is we all really love each other.”
He continued: “When August comes around and it's a time that we would be going back to work after our summer hiatus, I think we're all gonna feel a void.”
The series finale of Modern Family is set to air in April.