Modern Family's Ed O’Neill may not be the target demographic for Britney Spears’s music, but it turns out he doesn't even know how the mega pop star looks. The 70-year-old actor stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday to promote his new movie, Finding Dory, and explained why he looked like a “moron” in a recent photograph with Spears. Here's a hint: He didn’t know it was her!
Fancy running into this guy! 🙏☺️ Such a sweetheart!! pic.twitter.com/jqyVIVmu30— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) March 21, 2015
“I was at LAX. I was flying alone to Hawaii. I was waiting for my flight to board and they told me the flight was boarding, and I picked up that—that’s a little Modern Family hat. And I saw a woman approaching me,” O’Neill explained.
“And she came up and said, ‘Oh, Mr. O’Neill, I love Modern Family and you’re my favorite on the show.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m here. I’m the only one here,’” he joked. The actor said that the fan “couldn’t have been nicer” and agreed to pose for a picture with her and then went on his way.
It wasn’t until the next day when his manager texted him a photo—which had blown up online—that he found out whom he had met. “I didn’t know it was her! Look at the look on my face. Do I look like I’m sitting with Britney Spears?” O’Neill said.
Watch the hilarious video above for more on this hilarious story, plus find out just how big of a role his “disgruntled octopus” plays in this week’s new movie, Finding Dory.