Eric Stonestreet on ‘Modern Family’ fans: “I hope they understand that I’m an actor playing a character”

Perhaps the only downside of Modern Family’s successful two-year run on ABC has been that the show’s Eric Stonestreet has to break the news that he’s not gay to disappointed fans of his flamboyantly homosexual character, Cam.

“That’s the sort of thing I’ve got to stop caring about,” Stonestreet told Halifax, Nova Scotia’s The Chronicle Herald for a recent story. “People are disappointed sometimes but I hope they understand that I’m an actor playing a character. They love the character and they might like me too if they give me a chance.”

The 39-year-old takes cues from his mother in playing Cam, an openly gay man who lives with his partner and their adopted daughter on the popular comedy, which centers around three related families living in southern California.

“The thing I found that was familiar was my mom and how my mom acts and talks and sounds and reacts,” he explained, saying that he quickly found the mixing of her mannerisms and his large body type “would work in opposition perfectly.”

His Modern Family role certainly wasn’t an easy transition from his pre-sitcom days, when he appeared on dramas like The West Wing, NCIS and CSI. “The year before Modern Family I think I killed three people on TV,” he laughed.

1 Comment

    Leave a Reply
    ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Star Timothée Chalamet: “What scares me is being boring”
    "At a certain point I was able to come to grips with the idea to just 'be.'" - Timothée Chalamet
    ‘Phantom Thread’ Star Lesley Manville: “It’s so easy to make someone bad look good on film. In theatre, there’s no hiding place”
    "Filming is different. You’re getting a moment right. You can go in and create something very good, very quickly. That’s a different challenge to having five, six weeks to rehearse a play.” - Lesley Manville
    Chadwick Boseman on ‘Black Panther’ and How He Refocused His Career
    "As soon as I came to L.A., things immediately shifted for me." - Chadwick Boseman
    Bernadette Peters on Returning to Broadway and Why She is Still Trying to Improve Her Craft
    "You have to do your best to fulfill the role, not fulfill yourself" - Bernadette Peters
    Ellen Pompeo: “Acting, to me, is boring”
    "Anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that's a f*ckin' skill." - Ellen Pompeo