Eric Stonestreet sets the record straight.
The 50-year-old actor caught the attention of his fans when he announced his engagement to fiancée Lindsay Schweitzer in August. When he shared photos of him and his beloved, critics took note of the comments to note their age difference.
However, the two are only eight years apart, as Schweitzer recently turned 42.
Stonestreet recently spoke to Fox News and addressed the incident.
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“Look, she looks fantastic and I shouldn’t be punished for being so beautiful and so young,” he joked. “… Eight years old isn’t that much of a difference. I guess people think I look like a coal miner or a grizzly hunter or something ridiculous, and she’s gorgeous.”
Responding to reviews at the time, he shared photos of Schweitzer with a filter that made her look much older – with white hair and wrinkles.
The actor told Fox News that sometimes someone in public would mistakenly assume that he and his fiancee weren’t a couple, joking that he understood it was because she was “beautiful” and that ‘he was “that ogre or something”.
“I think that’s ridiculous,” he said with a chuckle.
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Meanwhile, Stonestreet said he received a funny response from his “Modern Family” co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson when he shared the edited photos. Ferguson pointed out that the comedy they appeared in together featured a May-December couple between Gloria (Sofia Vergara) and Jay Pritchett (Ed O’Neill).
As for Ferguson and Stonestreet’s relationship these days? The actor said the former co-stars are great.
“He can say whatever he wants with me, probably for the next 15 years, for all the bullshit I put him through on the show,” Stonestreet said of Ferguson. “So he still has to retaliate against me and catch up with me, get him in trouble, play a prank on him on the show.”
Stonestreet said he was “constantly after” Ferguson while filming “Modern Family,” which aired on ABC from 2009-2020 and would play a prank and scare the actor.
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“I was writing things with my finger on the back window of his car, like ‘I’m the redhead from’ Modern Family ‘,’ I live in a mansion, ‘” he recalls. “Well, I’d write on his car, just different things like that. So he was driving with this message written on the back of his car. It’s one of the little things I would do to him. tormented. At one point it got like, ‘OK, well, he’s not getting me back. It’s just bullying. Stop.’ “
In addition to acting and playing pranks on his co-stars, Stonestreet is also busy promoting the National Pork Board. According to the star, the organization is “demystifying” America’s pork producers and shedding a “positive light” on the industry while removing some of the “negative connotations” circulating about it.
Plus, he’s getting ready to celebrate Halloween, after ordering some “spooky masks” that he plans to use to scare off Schweitzer’s 9-year-old sons. It’s also a fun time for the star, as he sometimes sees people disguised as Cam, his “Modern Family” character.
“When the show started, people would send me pictures of them wearing Cams, and then they would put a pillow in their shirt and I was like, ‘You don’t have to put a pillow in your shirt. shirt. Go on ! he said.
Sometimes people would make it into a couples costume and dress as Mitch from Ferguson, who was married to the character from Stonestreet, and even babies were dressed as Cam, with photos of their costumes going viral.
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Since the show ended, Stonestreet has reunited with Vergara when he appeared as a guest judge on “America’s Got Talent,” but it doesn’t look like any other “Modern Family” reunions or reboots are yet in the pipeline. books.
“I think the window was kind of closed on a spin-off,” he admitted. “I think there was that opportunity, but I think it’s kind of abandoned at this point. But we’ll see.”
He noted, however, that he and his castmates are “still in touch” and are “close friends”.
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Playing Cam has been a special experience for Stonestreet, who said the dramatic yet lovable football coach has admirable qualities.
“Playing this character has always been a great opportunity for me because Cam was a lot of things that sometimes I’m not,” the actor explained, describing Cam as “a patient and a celebrant of life”.
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“I’m missing aspects [filming ‘Modern Family’], but what I mostly miss are my friends, the crew and all the people who make the show and I always say, I didn’t go to drama school, but I know for sure one thing that they don’t teach you how to play school, it’s how to do the job for 11 years and then say goodbye to everyone. You know, a lot of relationships have formed, a lot of friendships have been made, and then all of a sudden it ends. “
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