Julie Bowen: 'I Don't Fit Into Girl Dresses'

09/16/2011 at 10:30 AM ET

Julie Bowen Emmys Dress
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Given her fit frame, it’s hard to believe Julie Bowen would ever have trouble finding a dress that fits. But according to the Modern Family actress, staying slim can make staying stylish a challenge.

“I’m built like a 14-year-old boy. I have no waist so anything I wear has to have a lot of trickeration going on,” Bowen told PEOPLE at Audi’s Kick Off to Emmy Week party in L.A. “I don’t fit into girl dresses. I can’t just slip it on.”

Thankfully, for Sunday’s Emmy Awards, best supporting actress nominee Bowen has already picked a winning look: a black, v-neck Oscar de la Renta gown, which she’ll let speak for itself.

“For the red carpet I feel like the dress is the star and I should keep the jewelry really classic and attractive but not too mom-ular,” she said. “I don’t want to look like I’m constantly just driving back and forth to soccer practice.”

Getting ready for the Emmys has often proved challenging for the mom of three, so this year Bowen is opting for a new plan. “Usually it’s my kids coming in and out of the bathroom and everyone running in and out,” she said. “I have three boys but they have a makeup drawer — otherwise they get into everything and just want to do what I’m doing.”

How to avoid that typical pre-Emmys chaos? “This year I think I’m actually going to leave the house and do it at a hotel and try to have a little fun with it,” she said.

–Michelle Ward

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Jenn on

Wasn’t she in Happy Gilmore several years ago? I mean she looked pretty good to me in that movie. What happened here? I sure hope she is not starving herself while her manager stuff’s his/her face with bon bons while she starves. She is a great actress. I’m thin, but I don’t look like my bones are about to pop out of my flesh. Sad! =(

Reba on

When Modern Family first began, she was a normal weight and looked beautiful but she has dieted herself into a “boy’s” frame. In her earlier work, she had more weight on, and looked naturally lovely. Now, unfortunately, after way too much dieting, she is literally skin and bones. SAD.

SD on

Eat something and stop sniffing coke — it really is that simple. Gee whiz!

Tracey on

I say “Eat Something” not because I’m jealous or hateful, or don’t realize how human physiology works – I’m saying Eat Something because she USED to look normal, with hips and a waist, she had a fabulous figure on Boston Legal, but now she looks emaciated. Hence the encouragement to “EAT”

ASA on

I think she looks too thin. I remember when she was on the show Ed years back and she was gorgeous then. She was thin then too, but she looked healthy. Now she looks gaunt. And it may have to do with working and having three young kids, which does wear you out. But she needs to be careful not to overdo it. Kelly Ripa has the same look. Overly thin.

lhbwehjcfb on

So annoying. Another star complaining about her figure. Looks at her! She’s annorexic!

SixPackGal28 on

Seriously, people need to lay-off those of us that ARE fit and Eat like Horses ! You really need to understand what “fit
is and how discriminatory it can be (or should I say Jealousy with most people who want to look like we do but can’t put down their Doritos and Cupcakes long enough !) We run, we work out, yes…we may look a little too skinny for the good old USA which has 60% of the poplulation OBESE ! C’Mon up to Canada Julie – you will fit right in ! Love Ya and Modern Family !

Amaryllis on

Eating may not give her hips and big boobs, but it would get rid of the bones sticking out of her chest! The woman is anorexic. Hard to look at that.

shel on

Dang girl…..eat a cracker or something.
Her body is not fit. It is skeletal.

Heather on

Awww…..bless her heart! (Rolling my eyes)

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