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Ariel Winter

Mother Was a Terror

During Recent Film Shoot

11/11/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1110_ariel_winter_mom_chrystal_workman_article_splashnewsonline_tmzAriel Winter's mother was an overbearing stage mom who constantly criticized Ariel and ordered her never to leave her side ... this according to a source on the set of one of Ariel's recent movies.

In June 2010, Ariel filmed "The Chaperone," starring Triple H. But according to a source who worked on the film, Ariel's mom Chrystal acted like she was the star of the movie.

We're told Chrystal had her own director's chair and listened to each take on her headphones. After each take, Chrystal would pull Ariel aside to tell her what she did wrong. 

Our source says Chrystal opinions weren't reserved just for her daughter -- she would often tell the writers and director what she thought of each scene. Our source says Chrystal would even order around the production assistants ... making them fetch her food from Craft Services. 

The movie starred many other child actors, but we're told Ariel never got a chance to hang out with them because she was not allowed to leave her mother's side.

Our source adds ... while Chrystal seemed like the stereotypical, overbearing stage mom ... they never witnessed any sort of abuse.

Chrystal's antics weren't just reserved for Ariel. TMZ spoke with Chrystal's brother-in-law, who told us Chrystal acted the same way with Ariel's sister Shanelle when she was growing up.

The brother-in-law says Chrystal was extremely hard on Shanelle, controlling what she ate and how she looked.


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Joan K    

If you notice there is one and sometimes two dislkes for every comment, either Harvey is keeping busy or one of his dumb azz reporters has nothing to do today, hard telling.

680 days ago

get real    

The Mother Thinks shes the Star. LOL.. The Women needs to lose 50 Lbs ASAP.

680 days ago


I wonder how she's handled on the Modern Family set. We've learned from experience with other shows that even a popular character can meet an unfortunate and unexpected death.

Momzillas of the world: you've been warned.

680 days ago


You spelled her name "Chrystal" in the stories posted earlier. Did another gossipmonger write this one? I know - shocker...

680 days ago

jenny ruby    

dont know who or what this is about

680 days ago


Harvey loves stories that denigrate women. He has deep-seeded Mommy issues and has no compassion for a 14 year old girl. Stand tall, big man.

680 days ago


The woman Crystal should be sentenced to a jail term for verbally and physically abusing her children.. I hope the judge does his job to protect Ariel Winter- and her sisters- once and for all!

680 days ago


It's sad how everyone is jumping on this woman ... When e don't have all the facts.. what

680 days ago


How much is the girl (handlers) paying you to run this media assassination stories on the woman.....
because this is what you are doing.....
This is a barely 14 yr old girl .....and by the looks a Lindsay Lohan want to be ...the way this plays to the camera ....This woman is her MOTHER something you boys seems to have problems with....mother issures ????
She may be a stage mother but she is the CHILDS mother.....and she is a child...who seems to want her own way...and will do or say anything to get it..... Back Off Boys......or are you looking to replace Lindsay with a fresh one....cause she will be dead in a year...

680 days ago


Don't all parents "control what they eat and how they look" at the age of 14? I don't know if they part about abuse is true or not, but that one sentence there - how is that a negative? Is that part of the abuse being referred to?

680 days ago


Keep it up, wack-a-doodle mom and you'll ruin her career. Surely you must know how many 100,000's of thousands of young, pretty girls who can play her part? Your daughter is expendable and befor long people are going to get sick of the drama, like real quick and replace her. Get some help mom. You have the choice to wreck your own life, but leave your daughters alone.

680 days ago


I think this is a form of abuse.

680 days ago


First, the negative little crumbs are dropped to the media, catching off-guard a mother whose oversight and protective instincts for her little daughter can easily be twisted into "difficult", "bossy",
"demanding", then become full-blown "unreasonable", "irrational", and of course once the "irrational" crumb is dropped, then "suspected subtance abuse" can be dropped, and everyone knows that where there is "suspected substance abuse", there's "actual" abuse, requiring, no, make that - DEMANDING the protection of a child now worth more money than your average child is worth, and that's the reason, the only reason, really, that any mother's
"oversight" and "protective instincts" are shut-down and spun into something that will enable those - those with a financial reason to do so, that is - to "free" this child from her protective mother's oversight, in the form of "emancipation", which serves no other purpose than to make this child - and she IS just a child - easily manipulated, pliable, compliant.

That's all this is about - MONEY.

680 days ago


In 2010 this 14-year-old was 10 or 11. Of course her mother was on the set.

680 days ago


Who is this nobody and why is she getting press daily? So not interesting ...

680 days ago
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