When ABC's "Modern Family" airs next week, one of Upper Arlington's own will be on the screen.

When ABC's "Modern Family" airs next week, one of Upper Arlington's own will be on the screen.

The Feb. 8 episode of the Emmy Award-winning television show will include 15-year-old Cole Bernstein, who has spent most of her life growing up in Upper Arlington.

Bernstein's mother, Suzanne Elizabeth, said their family has been living in Los Angeles for the past two years to help support her daughter's dream of becoming an actor.

"We came out here about two years ago, but we travel back to Columbus when we can," Elizabeth said. "When she was growing up, Cole did commercials in Ohio, some runway work and voice-over work, and she kept asking to go to LA. We talked about it, and you never want to say 'I wish we'd done that,' so we came out here two years ago, and she's been working very, very hard."

A graduate of Jones Middle School in Arlington, Bernstein has performed supporting and lead roles in a number of short films and stage productions, including roles in "Mary Poppins," "Annie," and the television show "Kids Around Town" on the Columbus NBC affiliate. Recently, she landed a supporting role in the feature film "Excision," which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival.

Elizabeth said the film industry is a fast-paced, unforgiving business, but that her daughter is adapting to the life very well.

"It's the toughest business I've ever seen," she said. "I look at Cole and she's in the mix with these big projects now, and she'll be handed a 10-page script and have less than 24 hours to get it down. You really have to love it, but I'm really grateful that we did this, because she definitely has a passion for it and wants to continue."

Bernstein said she works hard to stay in touch with her friends from Upper Arlington.

"Although I really miss my friends at home, I've been very fortunate to have these wonderful opportunities to work with such amazing professionals in the entertainment world," she said. "However, I try to make it back to Columbus as much as possible because there's no place like home."

Elizabeth said that social networking, which can typically drive parents of teens crazy, has played a crucial role in keeping in touch with friends and family.

"It's kind of funny, most parents in this day and age get really frustrated with their kids being on social media, but all of those things have made (Cole) able to keep in touch with her close friends," she said. "We come back a couple of times a year, and since she's able to keep up with them, there's never that feeling of disconnect."

"Modern Family" can be viewed in Upper Arlington at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, on WSYX Channel 6.