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Emmys 2011: 'Modern Family's' winning secret? Tiger-print undies

September 18, 2011 |  9:58 pm

The Emmy Award-winning cast of Modern Family backstage at the show
The secret for all of "Modern Family's" wins on Emmy night: Sofia Vergara's underwear line — specifically, the tiger-print ones — at Kmart.

OK. That's a slight stretch. But the undies did get an honorable mention backstage when a reporter asked what the actress was wearing under her form-fitting gown. That led co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan to ask what Vergara's onscreen husband, Ed O'Neill, was wearing under his suit.

"My Kmart underwear too," Vergara quipped.

On a more serious note, O'Neill said the ABC comedy's win for a second straight year was more enjoyable.

"I wanted to win it very badly," the former "Married ... With Children" star and Emmy nominee confessed. "To me, it was better than the first time. To repeat is difficult. For us to have done it ... I'm relieved."

Now that the hard part is over, the cast plans to celebrate. How?

"Getting the kids really drunk," joked Julie Bowen, who picked up an Emmy in the supporting actress in a comedy category.

A "Modern Family" indeed.

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Photo: The Emmy Award-winning cast of "Modern Family" celebrates its big wins backstage at the show. Credit: Jae Hong/Associated Press.

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