It’s never easy when a series ends. Fans have no new episodes to look forward to and have to accept that their favorite characters are not returning for more. And it isn’t just viewers that go through a lot when these things happen. The talented cast members also have to let go of their TV show alter egos, which isn’t always the simplest of tasks. For Nolan Gould, the difficulty he experienced saying goodbye to Luke Dunphy when “Modern Family” ended was harder than the actor had anticipated. “It was strange detaching myself from Luke after playing him for so long. It makes me sad to think I’ll never act or read lines as him again,” Gould said in an interview with Da Man Magazine. “But at the same time, I spent over half my life pretending to be him and so I look forward to seeing what other roles I can do and how I can push myself as an actor.”
His attachment isn’t all that shocking, considering he played the part for over a decade in over 230 entries. But what some people might not realize is how different the actor is from Luke Dunphy. On the show, he played the loveable goofball of the family. But in reality, Nolan Gould is kind of a genius, having graduated high school at age 13 (via US Magazine) and being a member of Mensa. While Gould may not be experiencing the hilarious antics the character was known for on the show in real life, Luke will always have a special place in his heart, leaving him an assortment of fond memories of his time being a part of many of the funniest “Modern Family” moments.