Eric Stonestreet’s thrilled to play a gay father on Modern Family! It makes him feel like he is doing something ‘worthwhile!’ Keep up the good work, Eric!
Modern Family stars Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are looked upon as heroes among the gay community. And, the two who play on-screen same-sex partners, Cameron Tucker and Mitchell Pritchett, know that their roles are important to help the gay community gain acceptance. “Jesse and I get comments and compliments all the time from gay moms and gay dads who watch the show,” Eric said at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday (Jan. 31) in LA.
“And, kids of same-sex relationships say, ‘Hey, thanks for being a couple that I can point to when kids pick on me at school,'” Eric adds. “They say ‘Cam and Mitchell are kind of like my family.'” Isn’t it great that such a funny sitcom is helping kids deal which what can be a very serious issue?
The fan reactions make Eric’s job that much more fulfilling. “Things like that transcend our job,” gushed Eric. “We get really great compliments that make us feel like what we do is worthwhile!”
HollyMoms, can you relate to any of the couples depicted on Modern Family?