"Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland discusses her health issues and the long road to getting her TV role in the May issue of Seventeen. The actress underwent a kidney transplant in 2012.

"I was born with so many health issues that doctors told my mother I would never have a normal life," Hyland, 24, said. "And she said, 'You're right, she won't, but it won't be because of her health.' When my mother told me that story, it resonated with me. If I can't have an ordinary life, I might as well have an extraordinary one."

Hyland, who began performing as a child, said that working on "Modern Family" has been great, but it didn't come easy. "It took me 14 years to land a gig like this," she said. "When you're feeling vulnerable, it can lead to doubt and second-guessing. It will steer you away from your goals and your happiness. Once you have a goal, keep moving forward -- even if you're taking baby steps."

A Spears-Azalea duet

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea filmed the video for the song "Pretty Girls" music video in Los Angeles last week. Azalea, who said she was leaving Twitter in February, tweeted on Wednesday that the two will next perform the song, although she did not give details. Hollywood Life has learned that the two are hoping to strike a deal to do the song at the Billboard Music Awards on May 17. Stay tuned. The collaboration reportedly will be included in Spears' upcoming album.

Should Selena Gomez and

Vanessa Hudgens make another movie together? Go to

advertisement | advertise on newsday

hollywood life.com and tell us.