Jesse spoke at the University of Pennsylvania this week, and opened up about why this role means so much to him: “It’s because we’re representing [the gay community] and there is such a spotlight on us...We’re representing that [group] in a network television sitcom.”
As a member of the gay community himself, Jesse has been vocal in the past about the importance of Mitchell and Cam’s (Eric Stonestreet) realistic relationship as partners in love with a baby on Modern Family.
Surprisingly, however, Jesse admits that “I was a really shy kid.” Though that didn’t stop him from preparing monologues and actually charging his parents money to watch him perform in his family’s living room as a child. Precocious or not, we admire Jesse, and hope he continues to stay vocal about a story as subtly inspiring as Mitch and Cam’s.
Watch a new episode of Modern Family on Wednesday, February 8 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC.