Played by Sarah Hyland, Modern Family‘s Haley Dunphy has gone through some substantial changes over the years. She started out as an oblivious typical teenager who cared only about fashion, her social life, and being pretty. However, over time, she’s become a more independent woman who has carved out a career for herself. Along the way, she’s dated some real keepers, as well as some who weren’t worthy.
Haley is generally known for playing the field and being popular with the guys. What she’s not known for is always having the best judgment when it comes to those guys. Over the course of the show, she’s started to learn about prioritizing happiness and love over good looks and bad boy vibes, and her track record definitely shows that. Haley Dunphy’s boyfriends were just as unique as she was.
Updated On September 6, 2021, By Lynn Gibbs: Haley Dunphy is just one part of the fabulous ensemble in Modern Family. Just like her sister, brother, and cousins, Haley grew up in front of the camera and learned how to become an adult along the way. Instead of focusing on school, Haley focused on her popularity and snagging a boyfriend. However, Haley Dunphy’s relationships weren’t always worthy. She genuinely had no type and dated whomever she wanted at that moment. As the series went on, Haley grew more attached to a few men in particular and ended the series married, a mother, and a career woman.
10 Kenny (Jason Mantzoukas)
Haley dates this older man just to get back at her dad — and it definitely gets Phil’s attention. Kenny even gifts Phil with a pair of jeans that Phil claims feel like a diaper. According to a quote from Phil, Kenny is a “slimy, middle-aged jeans salesman.” Fans could tell that this love interest wasn’t serious but the fear of the unknown set in. At the end of the episode, Phil can’t take it anymore and goes running after Haley to stop her from making this huge mistake with Kenny. Turns out, she’d already stopped herself and ended the relationship.
9 Vincent (Never Seen On Camera)
This ex-con is never shown on camera, but fans know he exists because he’s mentioned. According to Haley, she doesn’t bring him into the house because she knows her parents would never approve of him. He also apparently works at a florist shop.
Haley mentions him in season 6, but the relationship doesn’t really go anywhere after that. With Haley being so popular, it wouldn’t make sense for Haley to bring home every man she dated.
8 Scott (Adams Hagenbuch)
Scott is an important date because he makes Haley realize that she wants someone like Andy, and is sick of dating the “bad boys.”
In the episode, Haley is waiting for Scott to pick her up when she watches Andy and Phil film a video for Andy to send to his girlfriend. At first, she thinks it’s stupid, but then she realizes that this is what caring guys do for their girlfriends. Haley and Scott had great chemistry but as she’s about to get in his car, she has a realization. She tells him, “You know what? I’d rather go on a date with someone who would go through a blizzard for me and only honks for the troops.” That person she’s describing is Andy.
7 Chase (Robbie Amell)
Chase seemed like a nice guy, but Haley needed more substance in the personality types of her partners. They could have been great together, but there were too many factors to make it happen. The main factor being Andy. In ‘Closet? You’ll Love it!’, Haley and Chase go on what is supposed to be a double date with Andy and his girlfriend. However, Andy’s girlfriend doesn’t show up, which gives Haley and Andy time to realize that there are sparks between them.
Chase also appeared in a pivotal moment in Haley’s timeline: when she finally admits that she has feelings for Andy. At the end of the episode, Andy gets sent to the hospital, where Haley confesses her feelings for him because she thinks he’s asleep.
6 Ethan (Matt Prokop)
Fans met Ethan briefly in season three’s ‘Disneyland,’ when the family goes to Disneyland. Claire invites him because she wants him to distract Haley from Dylan and thinks he would be a good choice to move on with. In turn, Haley likes him and gives him a shot. Unfortunately for Ethan, Dylan shows up, and after bouncing back and forth between liking Ethan and going back to Dylan, Haley finally decides to go back to Dylan. Ethan could have been a good match for Haley because Claire approved of him but Haley has always wanted Dylan — even when their relationship didn’t always make sense.
5 Rainer Shine (Nathan Fillion)
Rainer was a local weatherman that Phil desperately wanted to be friends with. This backfires when he realizes he has inadvertently set him up with Haley. However, he eventually accepts the relationship after realizing Rainer will still be his friend. While he was significantly older than Haley, Rainer was actually a decent match for her
In season eight’s ‘Five Minutes,’ Rainer actually proposes to Haley, but she turns him down. She realizes that she wants different things out of life, and Rainer can’t give them to her. Nevertheless, Rainer was one of the more likable characters.
4 Dr. Arvin Fennerman (Chris Geere)
Haley meets Arvin when she sneaks into Alex’s class and ends up disrupting his science lesson. Afterward, he tells Haley he’s not sure why, but he feels like he’s going to marry her. Arvin could have provided for Haley in the future without worrying her parents that she’ll end up living in some kind of commune. But for many loyal viewers, the spark wasn’t there. In fact, the spark was actually between Alex and Arvin. Haley dating Arvin when she knew Alex was interested was one of the lowest sister moments.
3 Will (Nick Ballard)
Will was the total package. As a doctor, he checked all of Haley’s boxes. He appears in season 6’s ‘Grill, Interrupted.’ In the episode, Will repeatedly sees Haley and Andy in compromising situations but thinks nothing of it because he’s not the jealous type. He even asks Andy to help him write a card for Haley to express his feelings for her.
The only reason that they broke up was that Haley didn’t want a relationship. She wanted a fling, but the doctor wanted more.
2 Dylan Marshall (Reid Ewing)
Dylan should be the number one pick because he is now the father of Haley’s children and her husband, but he still wasn’t always the best choice for Haley. Claire has never liked him, and to this day has never actually fully accepted him. Phil, however, considers him one of his buds.
He and Haley were on and off again for the entire show, and there are many reasons they should have just stayed off. Dylan and Haley didn’t inspire or motivate each other and they always felt lost. Dylan did eventually mature and proved that he was dedicated to Haley. And as it turned out, Haley wanted Dylan more than the others.
1 Andy Bailey (Adam Devine)
Andy is the fan-favorite. As Jay and Gloria’s nanny, Andy added that extra bit of optimism and fun to the Dunphy-Pritchett clan. In fact, many people were peeved when these two didn’t last. At one point Haley even says that he’s the first guy she’s ever loved.
They started out as two completely different people who couldn’t stop bickering. Then, they fell for each other and realized they made each other better people. Andy made Haley realize that she deserved a nice guy who would care about her, while Haley made Andy realize that he deserved someone who appreciated him. Together, they were a great balance.