Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson: Coming Out Was Easy
Jesse Tyler Ferguson has no qualms when it comes to talking about his sexuality. He plays Mitchell Pritchett, a gay character on ABC’s Modern Family, and never felt the need to hide the fact that he is homosexual in real life as well.
Now, he’s comfortable and confident with who he is, but was he scared to "come out of the closet"?
"It was never an issue … I never felt 'in' so it didn't feel like it was terribly difficult to be 'out,'” he told the Winnepeg Free Press. “Good actors come from a place of truth and to me it just felt like I needed to have my cards on the table. It wouldn't have felt comfortable for me to be hiding a piece of myself.”
In fact, he sees the increasing number of homosexual characters on television as a “touchstone” for the gay community because audience members starting to embracing these characters.
"I was prepared for these characters to have a bit of a backlash, and it's sort of been the exact opposite. Conservatives come up to us saying, 'You've change my mind about gay marriage,' or, 'I relate to Cameron [Tucker] and Mitchell and I find them very enjoyable and now I'm looking at Bob and Joe down the street and wondering how they're different.'"