January 30, 2016 07:20 PM

Thanks to her boyfriend, Sarah Hyland is taking on a new hobby.

At PEOPLE’s preshow for the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Modern Family star shared with PEOPLE Deputy Editor JD Heyman and his co-host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani that she’s recently picked up the six strings.

“My boyfriend got me a guitar for my 25th birthday. He’s trying to teach me. I’m not the greatest,” she admitted.

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After being asked by Modarressy-Tehrani if she had any guitar inspirations, Hyland said: “I’m just trying to play, like, a simple chord. Like, I don’t know anything right now!”

While she might be lost on the guitar, the actress does know a thing or two about breaking into a tough industry.

“Don’t take no for an answer,” she advised fellow aspiring actresses in response to a Smart Girls question. “I always say truly believe in yourself.”

She continued, “Keep pushing forward. As long as you keep working and you’re not being stagnant in what you’re doing, the only way is up.”

The 22nd annual SAG Awards will being presented live from Los Angeles on both TNT and TBS.

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