“Modern Family” actor Reid Ewing comes out, discusses struggle with body dysmorphia

Reid Ewing

Reid Ewing

Actor Reid Ewing, best known for playing Haley’s dumb, pretty boyfriend Dylan on Modern Family, has casually come out as gay on Twitter just after publishing a first-person account of his experience with body dysmorphia and plastic surgery.

In the essay on HuffPo on Friday, Ewing wrote, “I genuinely believed if I had one procedure I would suddenly look like Brad Pitt.”

“I told the doctor why I felt my face needed cosmetic surgery and told him I was an actor,” he added. “He agreed that for my career it would be necessary to get cosmetic surgery.”

“He quickly determined that large cheek implants would address the issues I had with my face, and a few weeks later I was on the operating table.”

Ewing says he underwent several procedures over the next few years, but ultimately realized his problem wasn’t one that could be solved by scalpels and botox injections.

“None of the doctors suggested I consult a psychologist for what was clearly a psychological issue… or warn me about the potential for addiction.”

Ewing’s essay led him to a 2011 ABC profile of Eugene Bata, who also suffers from body dysmorphia.

Ewing tweeted this message, followed by a response to someone who asked if he’d just outed himself:

There was also this tweet the same day:

Below, see Reid’s Inside Edition interview about body dysmorphia:

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