Ariel Winter Celebrates 18th Birthday With 'Modern Family' Co-Stars

Ariel Winter is already embracing adulthood – with the help of a few famous friends!

The "Modern Family" star turned 18 on Thursday, and her co-stars were on hand to help ring in the special day on set and across social media.

Kicking things off just after midnight, Ariel shared a playful Instagram clip of herself in mock disbelief over the milestone. 

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"18!" she captioned, including an emoji of a monkey covering its eyes.

The celebration apparently continued at work, as Sofia Vergara shared a photo of her TV step-granddaughter blowing out candles over a chocolate-frosted cake. 

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"Happy bday @arielwinter," Sofia wrote, adding a row of cake and party hat emojis.

Sarah Hyland shared her good tidings with a throwback snap of her and her "little sister" sitting beachside in matching wetsuits. 

Happy 18th birthday @arielwinter!!!!! It blows my mind that you're now the age I was when we first met. Love you little sister ????????????

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"It blows my mind that you're now the age I was when we first met," the now-25-year-old wrote on Instagram.

Rico Rodriguez also reflected on "getting to grow up" with Ariel "for the past 10 years," penning his sweet birthday wishes alongside a side-by-side photo of the pair from both their early and present "Modern Family" days. 

Happy 18th birthday @arielwinter! You are such a kind, talented, and beautiful woman and it's been fun getting to grow up with you for the past 10 years. Cheers to many more birthdays together!

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"You are such a kind, talented, and beautiful woman," the actor wrote of Ariel. "Cheers to many more birthdays together!"

Eric Stonestreet offered his thoughtful words to the "sweet, adorable and wildly talented" birthday girl on Twitter, and reminded her that he's not the only one who has her back.

"My promise to have Ed O'Neil crush anyone who hurts you remains," he joked.

Although Ariel has only just been crowned an official adult, she recently said that child stardom may have helped her get prepared early.

"I've kind of been in adulthood for a little while now," the actress, who became an emancipated minor in 2015, told People.

Adding, "I love what I do, but I don't know if it's a choice I would have made on my own. People criticize you at an extremely young age. There's a lot of rejection. I heard 'no' thousands of times. That was hard to cope with."

-- Erin Biglow

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