Sarah Hyland doesn’t mean to be rude when she subtly starts to imitate the person she’s with. It’s just this weird thing she’s done since she was a little kid and figured out she was able to complete tough math problems by mimicking the sound of her teacher’s voice instructing her grade school class.
“I never checked in with myself to see if this was offensive. They start talking like this and I start talking like this and I’m like, ‘Stop doing this, Sarah,’ but I can’t. Really, it’s my way of connecting,” said Hyland.
It’s also a form of self-protection. “I think all comics have that. You’re so terrified of being a part of the human race, being a smart ass is like your shield.”