JESSE Tyler Ferguson was eight when he decided he wanted to be an actor, but the Montana- born star did not find fame until scoring the role of gay dad Mitchell Pritchett in Modern Family. Q: Why did it take so long for the kiss ( between Mitchell and partner Cameron) in the show? A: It was not something we were trying to not do. It just had never naturally come into a storyline. We love that the fans were so excited to see that happen, but it happened at the right time and I think in a storyline that was fantastic and special. Q: Can you talk about the episode where we meet Cam’s mum, Celia Weston? A: It’s nice to fill in that blank. It was a risky way to bring her in, because she was the inappropriate mother. It was a storyline [ inspired by] one of our writers and his partner. They are friends of mine, they live in my neighbourhood. She [ the mother of one of Ferguson’s friends] is very affectionate. She would give a lot of open- mouth kisses. Q: Is there anything that has been stolen from your life that has been added to the show? A: Oh, yeah, lots. I had to come out to my father three times. They put that in the script. And my dad used to make T- shirts for us kids. He would paint T- shirts and Jay [ screen dad played by Ed O’Neill] makes these T- shirts. Q: How do you connect to your dad after three times? Does he believe you now? A: You have to ask him. He’s got it now. I think it is pretty clear. Q: One of the successes of the show is that the couples in the family feel real. A: Obviously Eric and I have a great comfort around one another. We did do a chemistry read at the very beginning. It was never anything we had to work towards. Q: What public feedback have you had? Anything weird? A: It’s been remarkably positive, which is scary. We are waiting for the other shoe to drop. Q: Do people stop you in the street? A: I have become very used to posing for pictures, become used to taking the camera it’s just faster because they [ fans] are fumbling and nervous. So you just do it yourself. So this girl comes running across the street in New York [ and says], ‘‘ Would you mind taking a picture?’’ I’m thinking I’ve got this down, just click it. Then she says, ‘‘ No, me, in front of this building’’. Apparently I was outside the exterior location of Carrie Bradshaw’s Sex and the City building. So I did take the picture, but I cut her head off. MODERN FAMILY, TDT, Thursday, 8pm
SUPER STARDOM: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, left, with his Modern Family husband Eric Stonestreet.