Ty Burrell: Modern Family Finale "Hits All the Right Spots"

If playing Phil Dunphy is like being on vacation, then Ty Burrell doesn't want to leave.

"It's nice to be on vacation, right?" the Modern Family star tells TVGuide.com. "But that's what being Phil is - a vacation from my mind."

It was a holiday Burrell didn't know he needed until the part of the dopey, well-intentioned suburban dad came his way. The role was written with Burrell in mind by series creators Steve Levitan and Chris Lloyd, who previously worked with Burrell on the short-lived Back to You.

"First, I was like, 'Cool! This is for me?' Then it was like, 'Wait, what are you trying to say?'" he says, laughing. "But I realized I was getting a break from myself. My brain is full of neuroses and I think about everything, but Phil's brain is the complete opposite. It's like a golden meadow - just peaceful, simple and happy. ... It's so fun and refreshing to play him. He's like a child exploring the world for the first time."

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