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Haley Dunphy
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Haley Gwendolyn Dunphy
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June 23, 1994
Los Angeles, California, USA
College Student
Assistant Fashion Designer
Phil Dunphy - Father
Claire Dunphy - Mother
Alex Dunphy - Sister
Luke Dunphy - Brother
Jay Pritchett - Grandfather
DeDe Pritchett - Grandmother
Gloria Pritchett - Step-Grandmother
Frank Dunphy - Grandfather
Grace Dunphy† - Grandmother
Mitchell Pritchett - Uncle
Cameron Tucker - Uncle
Manny Delgado - Step-Uncle
Joe Pritchett - Half-Uncle
Lily Tucker-Pritchett - Adoptive Cousin
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Haley Gwendolyn Dunphy is the eldest child of Claire and Phil Dunphy and also the sister of Luke and Alex. Haley has an on and off (currently off) relationship with her ex-boyfriend, Dylan. Haley is now working as an Assistant Fashion Designer and is still a college student.


Before the show

Haley was conceived before her parents got married during a Duran Duran concert ("Message Received"). Claire and Phil eloped afterwards and told everyone that the pregnancy was a surprise. They also had to suspend their honeymoon to Hawaii because of Claire's pregnancy with Haley ("Hawaii"). It was explained that Haley was very close with her mother when she was younger, but they grew apart once she hit adolescence. She constantly bickers with her parents and younger siblings especially concerning her popularity at school, but does seem to generally love and care about her whole family.


Haley is young and pretty. She is of average height and is very maverick and rebellious. She tends to have her hair very long but cut it in Season 6.


Constantly going against her parents one way or another. Haley shares a lot of Claire's personality when she was in her rebellious teenage phase, even both describing their mothers as "psycho control freaks" ("Earthquake"). It has been a recurring gag throughout the series that Haley is somewhat slow and ditzy, often needing to take some time to get jokes.

It is revealed early on that she is very popular in her high school, and as a stereotypical teen she seemingly acts carefree and irresponsible, especially concerning her academics. She however is shown to gradually mature as the series progresses, learning to take responsibility for her actions and future, taking care of her parents and siblings, and unexpectedly revealing moments of wisdom and uncommon prescience. Even so, she takes pleasure in using her shrewdness to occasionally take advantage of her parents and people around her for her benefit.

Haley's interests mainly concerns her image with people outside her family, and shopping ("Express Christmas"). In season five, she is chosen to be part of an exhibit to display her photography from class, which is revealed to be of her family ("iSpy"). Soon after she became an adult, Haley has developed a liking to drinking alcohol, an interest she seems to share with her mother ("Haley's 21st Birthday").


(currently) Assisstant Fashion Designer

Haley, while living in the basement of her parents house, became an Assistant Fashion Designer in Season 6, she first went to the job interview and didn't get it, she complained to her parents, and Claire gave her a speech of motivation which motivated her into going for another interview, which she got, and then nailed that interview. Haley doesn't yet make enough money to live on her own, but I'm sure Claire and Ohil would be very upset if she did live on her own anyway, and also very scared, Haley may have had some character development, but there is still a lot she should know that she doesn't know. Haley is also in college as she works for her boss, she stays in college and has work.

Season Summaries

Haley is described by Claire in the "Pilot" as being very much like her when she was a teenager. So she tries to makes sure that her daughter won't make the same mistakes. Haley starts dating Dylan during the first episode, but it is revealed later on that she hasn't been single since she was 9. She is concerned about her popularity at school which she attributes to her embarrassment of her parents. She is learning to drive and isn't very good (she once refused to pull over when being signed by a police car because she was afraid of cops), but later improved and got her license. She and Dylan have an off-again on-again relationship as they do for most of the show.

Dylan wins Haley back after performing a song outside her house on Valentine's Day. Haley tells her family that she does not want to go to college because she believes it's a waste of time. But she later explains to Alex that she's scared about leaving high school since she's barely passing the 11th grade.

While vacationing with the family in Wyoming, Dylan proposes to Haley in front of her entire family. Claire immediately says no for her, causing tension in their relationship since Haley believes that her mother won't let her make her own decisions. Dylan ends up going missing, but he's later found after getting a job as a ranch hand. So they break up once again. She is afraid that she won't be accepted into a college, but she is wait-listed by a college at the end of "Election Day". After months of waiting and finally accepting that she won't be accepted into a college, she decides to move in with Dylan after she graduates. Luke confesses though that he hid her acceptance letter (along with a lot of other mail) because he doesn't want her to go. After finding out that she is in fact going to college, she and Dylan decide to go to prom.

Haley finally goes to the college as shown in "Schooled". But a few episodes later, she goes off to college only to be kicked out for underage drinking and (accidental) battery of a police officer. She then moves back in with her family and starts having to deal with the pressure from her parents to attend community college, go to work and get her life together in general before she is able to re-apply at the college next semester.

Haley is living back with her parents and attending community college. In "Three Dinners" she is pressured by her parents who do not believe she has any future plans or aspirations, but she proves them wrong by revealing her interest in fashion photography, and the blog she is keeping to earn extra money. In "ISpy", her work is featured in a photography exhibition (one of only five in her class chosen) and one of her photographs is sold. In one of the latest episodes, Haley's view on dating and men is changed when she is used by Phil and Andy as a proxy for his girlfriend. As he recites a passionate poem that he wrote for his long-distance girlfriend explaining that he loves her beyond compare and that he will spend his life trying to be worthy of her. Whilst in his arms, she looks into his eyes and begins to show signs of compassion for him, and even beginning to feel attraction towards him, but when he puts her down she acts as if she did not enjoy the experience. The season ends with Haley continuing to live at home and explore her fashion interests.

Haley is still living in the basement of the Dunphy house. She is now in her 20's and works for Gavin Sinclair as a fashion designer. She also begins having feelings for Andy; the manny (Man-Nanny). In "Connection Lost", Claire is in an airport heading back to home, but Haley doesn't answer her phone. Clare finally logs in on her fake Facebook profile and finds out that Haley is in Vegas and she got married. At the same time Alex and Phil got a book from postman and it´s about "What to Expect When You're Expecting". Finally it was revealed that Haley was at home all the time.

Haley is still living in the basement of the Dunphy's while working in fashion. Haley rushes to the beach with Claire to stop Andy from proposing to Beth, but in a moment, Claire asks her if this is what she wants: to break up Andy and be with him. Claire then asks if Andy might be a short fling until she gets with the next guy she dates and if he is, she's ruining his life with Beth for nothing. Still half-convinced she might be doing this as a fling she turns around but to her disappointment sees Andy get down on one knee and we visually see Beth tell him yes. She then realises that the future may have already been decided for her. A few months later we see that Haley is feeling depressed and seems to be always crying over what happened which gives Claire a chance to go back to before Haley grew up and was her own person, arguing back, she decides to start babying Haley like she did when Haley was a child. Although Haley seems sad, Claire seems to want it to stay this way as she is now back to being her little girl, who doesn't fight with her, instead, they drink wine in the evening together. The Dunphy family (excluding Alex Dunphy, she's in college) go to the mall to watch a movie after Phil notices that he needs to stop the pity party between her and Claire and sees that Haley really needs to get out. Phil spots Dylan at the movies and asks Claire if it looks like Dylan, realising that it is, but she doesn't want there to be a chance that Dylan and Haley get back together she says no but Phil calls him over which results in the reconciliation of Dylan and Haley's realtionship when he asks her out on a coffee date.



Haley's family are very important to her, they can also be viewed as her friends especially Gloria and Jay. In the first Season Haley tends to not want to be friends with her family, just family. However as the Seasons grow she finds herself becoming friends with Gloria, Jay, and Her Uncles Cam and Mitch. Her family and their relationships are listed below:



Alex is Haley's younger sister, she also happens to be her polar opposite. While Alex is smart, quick witted, and geeky, Haley is popular, outgoing and shallow. At the beginning of the series Haley and Alex had a much more strained relationship with Alex always trying to stand apart from her sister and Haley constantly mocking Alex on her life choices, such as clothing, homework, boys and Alex would return the mocking. As years have progressed the two girls have grown closer. Haley and Alex once convinced Luke that he was adopted, and Phil's old girlfriend wanted to take him home. Though they still mock and tease each other, it is in a more playful way and you know that they love and care about each other.


Claire and Haley

Claire is Haley's Mom, Claire makes sure that her daughter does not, in her words, "wake up on a beach in Florida half-naked". Claire tries to keep her daughter safe and protected. Although she doesn't do this with Alex as Alex is smarter than her family and knows what not to do. Claire and Haley had a very close relationship as Haley grew up, but when she became a teenager Claire and Haley grew apart and Haley became like her Mom, which is something that Claire fears, although they did grow apart they prove each time that they still have a very strong loving relationship.



Phil and Haley.

Phil is Haley's Dad, Phil also makes sure that he tries to keep his daughter safe and protected, but usually he fails in the process, sometimes humiliating her. Phil tries his best to keep up with her, although gets scared he's going to lose her to boys. Phil has tried multiple times to keep Haley's virginity safe guarded although he failed, evidently.

In "Virgin Territory", Phil finds out that Haley has lost her virginity, which bothers him, realizing his 'little girl' has grown up. Haley later comforts Phil, telling him she'll always be his girl, she just isn't little anymore, and she'll always need him. It is implied later that her first time is with Dylan.


Jay is Haley's Grandpa, Jay doesn't have a lot of interaction with her, but they seem to have a great friendship.

In "Great Expectations" it is seen that Haley would rather go to a party than stay the whole night with her grandpa while they do a thing called 'Jay's Night', where all the kids in the family stay over at Jay and Gloria's house, eat Jay's 'Sloppy Jays' and watch a western movie. Jay finds out that Haley wants to go to a party but restricts her from going. He takes her shoes to stop her from walking outside and he makes her stay there. Gloria convinces him to let her go and he does. Haley then thanks her Grandpa and Jay tells her that he will track her down and Haley tells Jay that she know he will.

Love Interests

Haley has a few boyfriends from Season 1-7, however there is one main person she has stuck with they've been on and off throughout the show, even with her being with other people, those other people have always been very short term, until she gets back with Dylan eventually. All of them and their relationships with her are listed below:



Dylan is Haley's on-and-off boyfriend. He is featured frequently throughout the series, especially in the first season where he is introduced as Haley's first real boyfriend. He still maintains a close relationship with Phil, though Claire is not very fond of him.

In "Dude Ranch", Dylan goes with the family to a ranch in Wyoming. After Haley (and Claire) rejects Dylan's marriage proposal, he runs away and subsequently gets a job at the ranch.

In "Disneyland", they get back together after Haley sees Dylan in Disneyland, working as one of the Dapper Dans. Post-Disneyland Dylan works as a limo driver, during which time he has contact with Haley. Although they don't seem exclusive, he seems to be the only consistent guy who Haley dates.

In "Virgin Territory", it is implied that Haley's first time is with Dylan.



Ethan is a boy Claire invites to go to Disneyland in "Disneyland" with the family because she wants Haley to fall for him and completely get over Dylan, who had moved to Wyoming in "Dude Ranch". Haley, adamant that she wasn't going to babysit him, quickly changes her opinion after meeting him, much to Claire's delight. But then much to Claire's chagrin, Dylan shows up at Disneyland completely unannounced. Claire tries to get Haley not to see or notice him, but fails. He rushes off after running into them, and Haley realizes that she still likes Dylan. So she ditches Ethan, leaving Alex with Ethan, another thing that Claire did not like. After seeing Dylan as a 'Dapper Dan', Haley ditches Dylan and begins talking to Ethan again, bumping Alex out the way. After some time, Dylan meets up with Ethan and Haley again in his Little John costume declaring his love for Haley. Ethan and Dylan get into a minor scuffle. At the end of the day, Haley eventually dumps Ethan, Ethan leaves with someone he ran into, and Haley and Dylan get back together.

  • Trivia: Ethan is played by Haley's portrayer Sarah Hyland's ex-boyfriend.


Vincent, though we never see him, is mentioned in Season 6. He is apparently an ex-con who works at a florist shop. She intentionally did not tell her parents about him because she knew they wouldn't approve of her dating an ex-con.



Kenny is a temporary love interest seen in "Party Crasher" whom Haley met at work where he designs jeans for their boutique. Kenny lives a bohemian lifestyle and sports a ponytail and a bushy beard. Claire soon realizes that Haley is dating the older and disgusting Kenny just to get back at Phil (something she is guilty of herself when she was younger) and warns Phil not to do anything to make it go away. Phil, however at the last minute was not able to resist and tries to go after them, saying no guy on earth is good enough for her "little girl". Witnessing this, Haley hugs Phil and subsequently dumps Kenny.



Andy is Joe Pritchett's "manny" (Man-Nanny), Andy and Haley initially despised each other. Andy disliked Haley's insouciant attitude and her blithe disregard for his authority. Haley disliked Andy's bossiness and felt like he was intruding on her space. Haley and Andy are shown to share a close and friendly relationship throughout Season 6.

In "The Help", she begins to develop feelings for him. However, she backs off when Alex tells her to consider the impact she might have on him if she continues to toy with his feelings.

In "The Wedding (Part 2)", although she lets him go during Mitchell and Cam's wedding, they share a kiss during their next meeting and Haley's feelings for Andy floods back into her. ("The Cold")

In "Closet? You'll Love It!", Haley quietly encourages Andy to chase after her while he pretends to lie unconscious on a hospital bed.

In "American Skyper", the season finale ends with Andy preparing to propose to his girlfriend while Haley and Andy separately admit their feelings for the other to Haley's Dad.

In "Summer Lovin", Phil tells Claire and Haley on the phone that Andy is planning to propose to his girlfriend on his favorite beach. Claire and everyone else seem to think it's cute until Phil tells them that Haley and Andy love each other. Haley rushes down to his favorite beach knowing where it is and tries to stop the proposal, however Claire wants to make sure she's doing the right thing with her life and stops her to ask her if she really wants this: to break up Andy and Beth to date Andy until the next guy comes along or to break them up to be with Andy in long-term wise. Haley then doubts whether or not what she's doing is the right thing and still wants to continue. As Haley turns around we see Andy get down and ask the question, before Haley can interrupt, Beth visibly says 'Yes'. Haley then says that it seems fate has already decided for her. A couple of months later we see that Haley seems depressed, until she gets back with Dylan. Andy shows up to give Phil back his work after it's done and Haley and Andy have an awkward run in. Dylan introduces himself as "Haley's boyfriend" letting Andy know they're back together. Dylan is actually oblivious to the fact that Andy and Haley had something going on during their break up.

In "The More You Ignore Me", Dylan and Haley have a run in at the movies with Andy and Beth, where Haley is forced to sit next them when trying very hard to find another

seat. Haley has to sit through the movie without making it awkward between all of them.

In "Phil's Sexy, Sexy House" Andy catches Haley trying to drain the tub she forgot to turn off last night when sneaking into a house that Phil and Andy are only authorized to be in. The faucet gets stuck, and when Andy tries to help her they both fall into the tub. They later change into bathrobes, but when they sit on the couch they accidentally hit buttons making romantic things happen including a fireplace turning on, romantic music playing, and the coach flattening out to a bed-like structure. Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker enter the house and Andy and Haley run into another room or closet. In the end they never get caught, but when Haley leaves she runs back and Andy and her kiss.

In "White Christmas", Gloria rents a cabin to celebrate Christmas with the whole family. Because of Andy's fiancée's busy schedule, Andy has to spend Christmas alone and so Gloria invites him to the cabin. Haley and Andy try to hide the fact that they have been sleeping together from the family and throught out the episode, experience a few awkward moments with Phil. In the end, they get caught by the family while "putting their pants back on". While frantically trying to explain the situation, Gloria suprises Andy with the arrival of his fiancée. Phil and Claire quickly push Haley back in the room and close the door to avoid a more awkward moment. In the end, Andy decides to tell Beth about the affair only to find out that she has also been cheating on him with two other guys. After a small argument with Haley, for being upset about Beth cheating on him, they seem to patch things up when Andy puts his arm aroud Haley as they both smile at each other.


Season 1

Season 2

Quote1 Haley [after breaking up with Dylan]: I miss him.
Phil: Yeah. He was your first real boyfriend.
Haley: I keep expecting him to show up. He used to come by at night and I'd sneak out to see him.
Phil: Yeah, I know.
Haley: You knew?
Phil: His car's thirty years old and doesn't have a muffler. And he honked.

From "Mother Tucker"

Quote1 Dylan: [about his shoes] I think I left them at your uncle's house.
Haley: Oh, my God! This is a disaster!
Dylan: Maybe they'll think it's theirs.
Haley: They're gay, they know what shoes they own!

From "Boys' Night"

Quote1 Alex: Last week she wore my sweatshirt.
Haley: I was doing it a favor. It was the first time the top half got any exercise.

From "Two Monkeys and a Panda"

Quote1 Haley: To do a speech, you just choose a song title and speak it, like "Don't stop believing" or "Get this party started."
Aex: That makes no sense.
Haley: Of course not. No one wants to think at graduation! It's graduation, the time when we celebrate being done with thinking.

From "See You Next Fall"

Quote1 Haley:You know what? Give your stupid little speech. Be an outcast. But you're only doing it to yourself. Because you're smart, pretty, and sorta funny in a way that I don't really get but other people seem to enjoy. You can either start fresh next year, or be the freak that flipped off her class.
Alex: You really think I'm pretty?
Haley: Shut up!

From "See You Next Fall"

Quote1 Haley: You think you have everyone figured out, don't you? Everyone has stuff that they're working through.
Alex: What kind of stuff do you have? Too many boys chasing after you? Too many parties?
Haley: I'm flunking biology, and now I have to take summer school. And all my friends are talking about going to college, while I don't think I'll even be able to go to college! Is that enough stuff for you?

From "See You Next Fall"

Season 3

Quote1 Phil: [seeing Haley and Alex scrubbing the kitchen] Whoa. What's all this?
Haley: Mom heard us say we were bored.
Phil: Suckers.
Alex: She heard us from outside!
Haley: She has super-good hearing, like a seeing eye dog. They have overdeveloped hearing to make up for the fact... wait, the dogs aren't blind. Wait, are they? No, that wouldn't make sense.
Alex: [to Phil] You're right. If I wait long enough, she can get there by herself.
Phil: [his cell phone rings] Quick, girls. Famous Danny from "Moonstruck". Aiello?
Mitchell [on the phone to Phil]: Hey, Phil, I'm glad I caught ya.
Phil: What's up?
Mitchell: Uh, it's about Steven and Stefan. They want to see that house on Briar again.
Phil: Really? I showed it to them five times. Last time we were there, I think they got mail.
Mitchell: Yeah, well, that's why I'm calling. They hate upsetting people. Unless, of course, it's me. Then they don't mind waking me up at 7 a.m., asking me to call you.
Phil: It's no problem. I'm just hanging around. Kind of bored, really.
[Haley and Alex gasp]
Phil: What?
[Phil gasps as he realizes what he just said].

From "Aunt Mommy"

Quote1 Haley: Mom, don't do it! She'll be in the same class as I am! Why are you even taking second year Math?
Alex: You're a senior. Why are you still in second year Math?
Haley: Not still, again.

From "Phil on Wire"

Quote1 Everything I touch turns to detention. Quote2

From "Phil on Wire"

Season 4

Quote1 Luke: Dad is getting an assectomy. I hear things.
Haley: You're getting your tonsils out?
Alex: Oh, my God! This family needs a dumbassectomy.

From "Snip"

Quote1 [to Alex] Are you going Goth? You can't go Goth. You still have a stuffed panda. Quote2

From "Snip"

Quote1 Alex: Don't throw this in my face someday, but sometimes you can be really smart. Like smart smart.
Haley: Oh, my God. Thanks. And by the way, I'm totally throwing that in your face someday. Are you kidding?

From "My Hero"

Quote1 Haley: His name is Zack, and he went to college at a place called Mit.
Alex: MIT.
Haley: I know how to spell it.

From "Flip Flop"

Season 5

Quote1 Haley: You know what? I'd rather go on a date with someone who would go through a blizzard for me and only honks for the troops.
Scott: I don't understand you.
Haley: Neither do I!

From "Other People's Children"

Season 6

Quote1 This crazy bitch just messed with the wrong crazy bitch. Quote2

From "Fight or Flight"

Season 7


  • Haley is allergic to lactose, like her uncle Mitchell ("Treehouse").
  • Haley is usually the family member who misses several events, including:

In "Coal Digger", Haley is the only family member that doesn't jump in Jay and Gloria's pool, probably because of risk to her phone. In "Yard Sale", Haley wasn't present at the yard sale because she was still in college. Lily also wasn't present either. In "A Fair to Remember", Haley didn't attend the school fair. She stayed at Gloria and Jay's house near their swimming pool, this is also the first time she met Andy (see "Handy"). Joe wasn't there either. In "Integrity", Haley wasn't present at helping fix the princess castle and turn it into a boy castle for Joe.

  • In Season 7, Haley's portrayer, Sarah, gets a haircut. In "Summer Lovin" she wears extensions to play Haley. After a few episodes she takes them out and Haley gets a haircut.



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Season 1 22
Season 2 22
Season 3 24
Season 4 22
Season 5 23
Season 6 22
Season 7 15

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  • Season 1-2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4-5
  • Haley in College
  • Season 6
ved Modern Family  characters
Main characters
Phil DunphyClaire DunphyHaley DunphyAlex DunphyLuke DunphyJay PritchettGloria PritchettManny DelgadoJoe PritchettMitchell PritchettCameron TuckerLily Tucker-Pritchett • [PETS]: LarryStella
Recurring characters
Frank DunphyDeDe PritchettJavier DelgadoPepper SaltzmanSalAndy BaileyDylan MarshallRonnie LaFontaineAndrew

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