12:05pm PT by Rebecca Ford
'The Middle's' Eden Sher, Charlie McDermott Reveal Fake Ceiling, Phony Photos on Set Visit (Video)
On The Middle, the home of the Heck family may seem like a cluttered family residence, overflowing with family mementos and photos, but as The Hollywood Reporter discovered on a recent visit to set, not everything is as it seems.
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Stars Charlie McDermott and Eden Sher took THR on a tour of the fictional Orson, Indiana, home of the Hecks -- which is actually set on soundstage in Burbank.
McDermott, who plays oldest Heck child, Axl, and Sher, who plays middle child Sue, were able to give THR the real scoop about some of the many props that reside in the Heck home.
The tour starts off with Sher attempting to show THR’s cameras that the roof over the Heck’s heads is not real -- but rather a cloth ceiling.
Also, while some of the photos on the walls are actually of Sher as a baby and toddler, there are no real photos of McDermott. And Sher reveals that a photo she had always thought was of Neil Flynn, who plays dad Mike Heck, is actually a complete stranger.
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The duo also stumble upon a script sitting inconspicuously in the Heck parents’ room.
“As you can see, these are Patty’s,” says McDermott, pointing the finger at Patricia Heaton, who plays matriarch Frankie Heck. “Unless someone tried to throw off the scent by highlighting Patty’s lines.”
Towards the end of the tour, Sher probably sums it up best when she says, “Nothing is what it seems,” before McDermott reveals the secret behind a baseball bat.
Watch THR’s set visit to The Middle above to learn more secrets of the Heck home.
The Middle airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.