Emmy contenders: Behind the scenes with 'Modern Family's' Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson
On occasion, we here at Awards Tracker will check in with a show’s cast members to get their responses to some random questions. Here we spotlight Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet of ABC's Emmy-winning comedy "Modern Family," in which Ed O’Neill and Sofia Vergara star as Jay and Gloria Pritchett, whose complicated family life includes Jay's son Mitchell (Ferguson), who lives with his partner Cameron (Stonestreet) and their toddler daughter Lily, and Jay's daughter Claire (Julie Bowen), who lives with her husband Phil (Ty Burrell) and their three children.
What was your favorite scene to shoot?
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: “The Spider-Man scene from the Halloween episode was my favorite to shoot thus far for the sheer fact that I was scaling down a wall in a Spider-Man costume. I will never in my life be cast in a movie where I am able to wear a super-hero costume and perform my own stunts. It was like I got to live a dream for a day.”
Eric Stonestreet: “The scene at the table where Cam figures out that Mitch left his name off Lily’s adoption paperwork is a fave.”
What is your favorite off-camera moment on set?
JTF: “I had a great conversation with one of the actresses who plays Lily. We spent about 30 minutes walking around the set finding things that were red. At lunch, she came up to me and brought me a red flower and then walked away. It was a great moment.”
ES: “When Julie and Sofia came into my trailer naked for no reason this one time. (Don’t tell Ty and Ed about this.) (Or Julie and Sofia.) (They probably wouldn’t remember.)”
Tell us something about one of your castmates that most people don’t know.
JTF: “Ty Burrell blinks really fast when he is nervous and Eric Stonestreet refuses to make number 2 in the restroom of his own trailer.”
ES: “As a guy, you can talk to Julie about anything. Anything. And I mean Any. Thing.”
What’s your favorite television comedy of all time?
JTF: “I think ‘The Cosby Show.’ They had the right balance of a genius cast, great writing and a lot of heart. I could watch a ‘Cosby Show’ marathon any day."
ES: “ ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’ Reason: Don Knotts.”
-- Elena Howe
Photo: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, left, and Eric Stonestreet in "Modern Family." Credit: Karen Neal / ABC