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EMMYS EXCLUSIVE! 'Modern Family' Star Eric Stonestreet Talks About Same-Sex Parents' Portrayal On TV!

Sun, August 29, 2010 6:23pm EDT by 1 Comment
Courtesy of ABC

Courtesy of ABC

Emmy-winner Eric says he’s gets ‘amazing compliments from kids of same-sex marriage families!’

Eric Stonestreet doesn’t just make us laugh every week on ABC’s Modern Family — the Emmy winner also makes strides to improve the world’s perception of same-sex couples, particularly same-sex couples raising children. When caught up with Eric Aug. 29 after his huge Emmy win, he told us a really sweet story about an encounter he had with a fan in the grocery store.

“We get amazing compliments from kids of same sex marriage families,” Eric told us exclusively. “I was just in the grocery store the other day and a gentleman approached me and said he was raised by two moms and they adopted another daughter. When he was in school there was no reference to two moms or two dads raising a child and he just wanted to thank me and tell the producers thanks for giving his sister something to point the bullies and the people who make fun of her at school to and say, ‘Well, look at Mitch and Cam. That’s what my parents are.'”

Eric says his goal with his character, Cameron, is to make people feel comfortable with him and like him:

“Because of where I come from — raised on a farm and playing football, driving a pick up truck and wearing cowboy boots — I just wanted someone somewhere to say, ‘I’d sit down and have a beer with that guy. I don’t care what his sexuality is.’ We want to make people laugh. That’s our first goal. [We want] people to realize in their hearts that people are more similar than they are different and we feel honored to do that.”

Eric, you’re obviously doing a great job. Keep up the good work — and enjoy that Emmy!

— Reporting by Kirstin Benson