|Famous For: Ed, Lost, Boston Legal and Modern FamilyCurrently Known For: Actress|
Currently Known For Actress
“Children are like crazy, drunken small people in your house.” Making her acting debut in 1992 on a soap opera before turning to the silver screen in 1996 as Adam Sandler’s gorgeous love interest in Happy Gilmore, Julie Bowen has spent the last two decades wowing audiences with over 50 projects and three dozen award nominations to her name. Along the way, she’s snagged two Primetime Emmy Awards and built an incredible net worth of $17 million with her annual salary averaging $1.75 million. Now that’s impressive!
Although Bowen has starred in popular blockbusters like Kids in America and Horrible Bosses, she is best known for her television career after first finding her niche as Carol Vessey on Ed from 2000 to 2004. Following up the hit with Boston Legal and Lost from 2005 to 2007, the blonde bombshell landed her biggest television role to date in 2009 when she was cast as the hilarious helicopter soccer mom, Claire Dunphy, on Modern Family, a role she still holds today.
Playing Dunphy on Modern Family is not only good for Bowen’s resume, it has also made a huge difference in her bank account. According to sources close to the star, Bowen earned $65,000 per episode when the show began and, after season four, saw her per episode paycheck get bumped to $170,000 after contract negotiations. With the show continuing to gain momentum and popularity, Bowen and the rest of the cast saw constant pay increases and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Bowen will see over $350,000 per episode in the show’s eighth season. As if that isn’t enough, she and the rest of the cast will also earn a small portion of the series’ yearly profits, which will be given out as a nice end-of-season bonus.
Obviously sitting on some serious cash with a net worth of over $17 million and climbing, the Modern Family mama may not be as wealthy as some of Hollywood’s biggest players but she definitely isn’t hurting for spending money. Despite being incredibly private when it comes to her personal life and actual spending habits, Bowen can’t hide the fact that she enjoys splurging on real estate with her husband, software developer and real estate investor Scott Phillips.
Shortly after tying the knot in 2004, Bowen and Phillips purchased a beautiful mid-century home in the heart of Los Angeles. Stretching over 3,500 square feet with four bedrooms and four bathrooms, Bowen instantly fell in love with the home but knew it needed to reflect their own personal style as newlyweds planning to one day start a family. Turning to her sister, famed interior designer Molly Luetkemeyer, to take the design to the next level, Bowen spent almost an entire year remodeling the house to include colorful and cozy tones with plenty of diverse art, ornate chandeliers and modern fireplaces. She even updated the entire kitchen with granite countertops, dark wood cabinets and top-of-the-line appliances.
Moving outside where the exterior is just as exquisite, the stunning property includes a massive swimming pool and an outdoor sitting area complete with a fire pit as well as a detached two-story guest house. As it turns out, the so-called guest house is far from a typical cottage and could easily have its own mailing address since it boasts three bedrooms and three bathrooms as well as a separate library and kitchen!
Apart from owning at least one other property in Studio City supposedly located less than an hour from her main residence, Bowen is far from materialistic especially when it comes to her cars. With three boys—nine-year-old Oliver and seven-year-old twins, John and Gustav—Bowen chooses to drive around town between playdates, school events and soccer games in a very modest and very yellow Fiat 500. Hey, at least you can see her coming!
What she doesn’t spend on luxury sedans and stunning real estate, Bowen puts toward keeping her massive walk-in closet stocked to the brim with designer clothes and accessories—after all, it’s part of her job to walk the red carpet looking like a million bucks! Fortunately, the Modern Family star isn’t entirely wrapped up in herself and, instead of focusing on her own stardom and the luxuries she can easily afford, is incredibly charitable and loves giving back to the community.
Since making her acting debut in 1992, Bowen has donated thousands of dollars to nonprofit organizations like March of Dimes, The Trevor Project, the American Foundation for Equal Rights and dozens of others. Admitting that motherhood has changed her perspective on spending and that she is now more conservative than ever before, Bowen is also quick to share her wealth in the political arena. In 2002, she donated $1,000 to a Republican Senator’s campaign in her home state of Maryland and, most recently, she threw her support behind Hillary Clinton after appearing in a video shown at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.