Before the Show
Lily was born in Vietnam on February 19th, 2008 and was adopted as a baby by Mitchell and Cameron. She was cared for by a group of Asian women while she was in the orphanage ("Fears").
As a baby, Lily has been a constant center of attention, being the youngest of the clan. She has had a petty rivalry with Luke because of this, until Joe is born in "Party Crasher". In later seasons, Lily has become a bubbly toddler with a snarkiness she seems to have gotten get from her parents as well as Claire who babysits her often ("Fulgencio").
Even at a young age, Lily has shown kindness and selflessness, such as when she ran to get Joe as his pirate castle collapses ("Integrity") and when she gives her puppy pound to a homeless boy for Christmas ("The Old Man & the Tree"). Although in "Crying Out Loud" , her parents express how they have noticed Lily has not developed a sense of empathy so far.
In Season 1 Mitchell originally wanted to wait to tell the extended family that they had adopted Lily. However, Cameron knew Mitchell will shy away from introducing her forever, so he plans a surprise dinner where he introduces the baby in a Lion King manner. The family welcomes her with open arms, even Mitchell's dad Jay (who can seem a grumpy character at times especially when it comes to Mitchell and his, what he calls, 'gaydar' (radar for homosexuals)). She is, at times, doing activities with both of her fathers, but remains with Cam at home while Mitchell works. Cameron often dresses her up as celebrities, such as Diana Ross, Madonna, and Ray Charles for the purpose of taking photographs. Cameron and Mitchell are currently practicing the Ferber method on Lily but Cameron can't always resist catering to her during the night, sometimes even watching movies such as Scarface, which Cam claims she likes possibly because of the bright colors, particularly the club shooting scene. Another noticeable thing about Lily is that in most episodes she appears in she is seen with "Doggy," her stuffed dog, which appears to be a Labrador. She is a quiet and peaceful baby when portrayed by infants Ella and Jaden Hiller, and does not speak for the first two seasons.
In Season 3 Lily is no longer played by babies Ella and Jaden Hiller, but instead by bubbly preschooler Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. She now begins to talk and becomes a full-fledged character. She is vocal about not wanting a new baby brother, but instead a kitten named Larry which actually happens for her. She is shown to have some other faults typical of toddlers, such as difficulty with sharing.
Mishaps with Lily
There have been several occasions in which Lily has been involved with and/or caused a problem during an episode:
The Bicycle Thief
Lily seems behind, so Mitchell "steals another child's intellectual property", as he puts it, before realizing all play dates are recorded.
Run for Your Wife
Cameron has finally convinced Mitchell to dance with Lily. But Mitchell accidentally hits Lily's head on a door jamb when he throws her up in the air. After quite a bit of fussing, more by her fathers than by herself, Mitchell and Cam finally decide to take her into the doctor. It turned out Lily was fine, but it wasn't long before the next little incident occurred.
During a Hawaiian vacation, Mitch and Cam get into an argument that continues when they leave the elevator– and neither of them pushes the baby carriage out with them. Luckily Gloria finds a run-away Lily on the first floor.
Planes, Trains and Cars
Mitchell and Cameron lose Lily's favorite stuffed bunny on the subway. She keeps Mitchell and Cameron up all night and they try to tell her that her bunny went to a magical land and to sleep with a different stuffed animal. That doesn't work either.
Little Bo Bleep
Lily discovers that cursing (particularly using the F-word) can elicit laughter from her daddies, so she repeatedly drops the F-bomb as Cam and Mitch try to teach her not to say it. The episode culminates with Lily loudly shouting the F-bomb while she is a flower girl at a wedding.
It is revealed that Lily is a "runner", meaning that Lily will sometimes just run off leaving her daddies to try and look for her with help sometimes. Cam and Mitch try to keep her from straying from the family but it is to no avail; she dashes off at every opportunity, much faster than her daddies can catch her. Finally, Cam resorts to putting a leash on her, though Mitchell can feel other parents judging her. Their parenting problem is solved when Jay buys Lily a pair of baby high heels, in which she has no choice but to walk her way along slowly and carefully.
she is shown to be favouring Mitchell and Cam goes out of his way to win back her affection. She is accidentally injured several times in this episode by Cam.
Lily waits up for the tooth fairy and causes Cam to accidentally leave her quite a bit more money than he planned. Cam and Mitch pull out all the stops to get it back.
The Future Dunphys
Lily announces to her parents and Gloria that she is gay because she thinks that since both of her parents are gay, she is automatically gay as well. Later in the episode, it is discovered that she says this because of her desire to be more like her parents.
Lily is a hilarious, entertaining and (physically) charming character with a sassy personality. In "Little Bo Bleep" Lily is heard saying the F-word, solely for the purpose of making her father (Cameron) laugh hysterically. Lily quickly picks up on words or phrases said by other people, including from her aunt, Claire Dunphy. In the episode "Fulgencio" Lily repeats snarky and sarcastic lines originally said by Claire, who had been spending time with her.
Lily was never hired for any jobs.
Lily has not currently been hired for any jobs.
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Mitchell is Lily's adoptive Dad.
Cameron is Lily's adoptive Daddy.
Jay is Lily's adoptive Grandfather.
Gloria is Lily's adoptive Step-Grandmother.
Manny is Lily's adoptive Step-Uncle.
Joe is Lily's adoptive Half-Uncle.
Claire is Lily's adoptive Aunty.
Phil is Lily's adoptive Uncle-in-Law.
Haley is Lily's adoptive cousin.
Alex is Lily's adoptive cousin.
Luke is Lily's adoptive cousin.
- Started: "Party Crasher"
- Reason: Joe was born in Season 4's "Party Crasher" extending Lily's adoptive family. Joe becomes Lily's new friend to toy and then play with.
- Ended: This friendship hasn't ended yet.
- Information: Joe is Lily's adoptive Half-Uncle, they used to get along very badly until Lily found a fondness to Joe as a friend.
- Information: Luke and Lily have evidently been friends with Lily for more time than Joe and Lily have been friends. Luke along with Manny have been known to try and trick Lily which usually fails as Lily is able to make their plan fall apart before it starts as Luke is usually the one who lets Manny down. In "White Christmas", Manny and Luke try to make Lily believe that a boy used to live in the house they spend Christmas in and was locked in there and died in there. Manny and Luke give Lily a note, but as Luke wrote the note, Lily says that the scariest thing about the note is that it was written with bad english.
Lily has no love interests yet.
- In the Greek adaptation of Modern Family, Lily is portrayed as a British girl rather than a Vietnamese girl. Also, her name remains the same.
- Though Lily is Vietnamese, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons is actually of Korean heritage.
- Lily may have been named after Cam's family pig, as revealed in the episode "Leap Day", though Cam does not confirm this.
- In the original series and the Greek series, Lily has recast in both versions.
- In the Chilean adaptation of Modern Family, Lily's counterpart is only left with Mitchell and Cameron's counterparts while her mother has left to travel abroad.
| Lily: [after seeing Manny off] What if he doesn't come back? |
Jay: Oh, honey, no one leaves home and doesn't come back.
Lily: I did.
— From "Suddenly, Last Summer"
| Lily: [Mitch and Cam are dancing romantically] Are we almost done with fairy time? |
Mitchell: [in unison with Cameron, flustered] Lily! Of all the...
Cameron: Lily, that's offensive.
Lily: [Is actually wearing a fairy costume] I just want to get out of this costume.
— From "The Long Honeymoon"
| Sal: Sorry you couldn't come to the wedding, it was no kids. |
Lily: It's okay, I'll go to your next one.
Sal: [Frustrated and annoyed] Wow!
Cameron: She just means when she's not a kid anymore.
Lily: She knows what I mean.
Sal: I don't like you.
Lily: [Whispers] I'll get over it.
— From "Best Men"
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