Ariel Winter has learned a lot thanks to her early start in Hollywood.
The 18-year-old actress was just 11 years old when she snagged a starring role in the NBC hit Modern Family, and in a new interview, says she's become used to facing haters.
"At this stage, you get sort of jaded after a certain period of time," she admits to Rogue magazine, via ET Canada. "I feel like I’ve been in the industry for so long that I have gotten to the point where people's comments and the exposure doesn't bother me as much. It still bothers people when you get negative feedback for something, but it doesn't hit me as hard as it would somebody just entering the industry."
"It's complete sexism," she says about the judgment she receives. "It's really degrading, annoying and sad that this is what the media puts out, it's disgusting to me."
However, Winter says it's worth it when she hears how she's inspired other young women to embrace themselves.
"It's somewhat life-changing in your mind when you walk down the street and somebody recognizes you as 'that girl from TV' or 'Alex, the girl with the glasses,' but it's different than when someone comes up to you and says, 'Ariel Winter I love the things you say online' or 'I really love your character, it's inspired me so much,'" she says. "Those are the things that really impact me that I love about the exposure I get."
ET spoke to Winter's Modern Family co-star, 17-year-old Nolan Gould, at the Emmys earlier this month, and he told us he couldn't be prouder of Winter's outspoken nature.
"Ariel has become kind of like a role model for this younger generation," Gould said. "I wish I could do something like that! I don't know what I could do ... just don't be like me, guys. Follow Ariel. She's doing great things."