In 2000, Sarah was nominated, along with the rest of cast of the movie Annie, for the Young Artist Awards in the category Best Performance in a Feature Film or TV Movie - Young Ensemble.
In 2012, Sarah was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards in the category of Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer for her work in Modern Family.
In 2010, Sarah was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards in the category of Choice TV: Female Breakout Star
Sarah, with the rest of the Modern Family serie´s cast, won four times the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series by the Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.
Sarah and the rest of the cast was also nominated for the same category in 2010, but didn't win.
Sarah has English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, and German ancestry.
Sarah attended the Professional Performing Arts School
Sarah is 5' 2" (1.57 m) tall.
Sarah met boyfriend Matt Prokop on the audition of the film "High School Musical 3" (2008). They been in a relationship since 2009
In May 2012, Sarah revealed that she had undergone a kidney transplant due to a history of kidney disease. Her father was luckily a match and received a kidney from him.
As of 2007, Sarah is playing the role of Jackie in the Broadway musical Grey Gardens. She opened the show in the role on November 2, 2006.
She is the older sister of Ian Hyland, who is also an actor.
She was three nicknames: Raindrop, Kitty, and SJ.
She is the daughter of actor Edward James Hyland and actress Melissa Canaday.
Sarah: (on not intending to pursue a music career for now) I'm not coming out with an album or anything. I'm an actress first and foremost. I did a lot of musical theater when I lived in New York. It's hard to do that out here in L.A. because there's not much of it. So, I still sing in my car and shower. I love singing, it's a huge part of my life. But, I'm definitely not going to be coming out with my own album or anything.
Sarah: (on doing voices for animation versus life action acting) You get to come in with no makeup on. That is a really big thing, actually. You don't have to come in two hours early to go through hair and makeup and wardrobe. And you really get to just concentrate and focus on the acting of it and just make sure that it's portrayed through your voice, which I really love.
Sarah: (on being part of the animation movie Turbo Fast, a sequel of the movie Turbo) I'm a huge fan of DreamWorks. And the movie Turbo itself was really good. So, when I heard about it I was like, 'Yes. I don't even know who I'm playing, but yes'.
Sarah: (on her dress style for red carpet events) I think the hardest thing is to be appropriate and dress age-appropriate. But for me, it's harder because I feel like I'm 22, but I look like I'm 15 or 16. So I have to watch that line, while not looking older than I actually am. For the most part, I just pick out what I like!
Sarah: (on some other actress that she admires) I've looked up to Kate Winslet since I was a little girl. And then for Jennifer Aniston, who I worked with on my second movie [The Object of My Affection], she's just such a positive person, and smart and elegant. At the same time, she's not too classy – where you feel like they're royalty and you can't even touch them. Jennifer is down to earth and normal; that's all I ever want to be.
Sarah: (on her self image) You know, every woman has issues with her body. I'm sure Adriana Lima has something she doesn't like, which is ridiculous! But it's just how women are. It's one of those things where you have to love yourself for who you are; as long as you're healthy, that's all that matters. Girls deal with pressure differently. Some days I'm depressed, and other days I'm completely fine. The only advice I have for young women is to cherish the body you have now; when I was 18, I don't think I did.
Sarah: (on her family and on her parents and her brother being also actors) All actors are dramatic, and growing up in a family full of them even more so! I have been watching Shakespeare since I was born. I loved it really early, and I fell in love with acting because it's the biggest form of dress-ups you can do. It definitely wasn't a normal family growing up, but whose family is normal? I'd like to meet the perfect family.
Sarah: (on shopping) Shopping stresses me out. I'm drawn to expensive things, but I don't want to pay $200 for a shirt. I don't like to spend money.
Sarah: (on her Modern Family co-star Ty Burrell, that plays her dad in the show) I call Ty "my TV dad." He's an amazing, talented person. He's just as funny in real life as he is on Modern Family.
Sarah: (on her relationship with social media) Twitter is awesome to share news with fans, but I would never choose to only have social media and put everything in my life on display. I never look at my personal Facebook page. I made an Instagram account for myself, but I only have one picture on it. I made it because someone was pretending to be me and having conversations with my fans and agreed to go on a date with a guy.
Sarah: (on preferring to be role model rather than a sex symbol) Sex has become so publicized. If you're sexy to begin with, being a sex symbol comes with that, but by putting yourself out there as a sex symbol, you're taking a step backward for women.
Sarah: Don't sacrifice who you are for somebody else. Relationships are about compromise, but you should never compromise yourself for someone else.
Sarah: (on her liking to challenge herself inn the role of Haley in Modern Family and in other roles) I like to challenge myself, and though Haley is always changing, she genuinely stays true to her popular self. I'm always looking to change and grow as both an actor and person
Sarah: (on her wanting to try different character other than Haley, her character in Modern Family) Well, it definitely drives me to want to do something that's different from Haley. I don't want to be pigeonholed into the popular pretty girl who's kind of stupid and vapid.
Sarah: (on the TV series Modern Family) The great thing about our show is we have amazing writers who stay current. Not just with pop culture but with their families. A lot of the stories are taken from the lives of our writers and their friends' lives. They never try to be controversial — especially with Mitch and Cam. They're just trying to be honest and true. I think that it's a wonderful thing that people think we're progressive, but we're just trying to portray real life in the States.