On the heels of ABC's " Modern Family " season 10 finale, one of the show's leading stars, Eric Stonestreet , attributed the country's more accepting outlook on homosexual relationships to the sitcom's portrayal of it's characters. When "The View"'s longtime co-host Joy Behar asked if his role helped make the country less homophobic, he replied "I believe that. There will be couples after us. But there's just no doubt that we have had a good cultural [influence], and we're very proud of that. The groundbreaking show celebrated episodes last year and will enter its 11th and final season in the fall. Season 10's highly-anticipated finale featured Haley Sarah Hyland growing the large family by two when she gave birth to twins.
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Eric Stonestreet may not have known anyone who was openly gay during his adolescent years in Kansas, but his Emmy-winning "Modern Family" turn quickly changed all of that. The year-old actor, who is straight, told HuffPost Live in an interview this week that he feels "more on the front lines of what it means to stand up for people's equality" after playing Cameron Tucker on "Modern Family," which was just renewed for a seventh season. Stonestreet also opened up about some early concerns he had over tackling the role, and said that he felt particularly protective of his co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson , who is openly gay, noting, "I was worried from the beginning that I was going to be part of a gay bashing of sorts. Last year, he joked that his character was a " bossy, fussy bottom ," adding that many gay fans had approached him in hopes of "challenging" his sexuality. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. Join HuffPost Plus.
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The Scot was quizzing the TV star about his latest role in new animation The Secret Life of Pets, yet things soon centred on Eric himself as she made her funny quip. During her ITV morning show Lorraine she started off by saying: "I bet everyone asks you this,", before following up with: "I can't believe you're not gay! She then added Eric's portrayal of flamboyant homosexual Cameron Tucker in the hit show was "so believable.
But the Kansas native, 44, seems determined to defy expectations. But do they come with any particular challenges? I probably became an actor because of my vivid imagination and doing voice-over really sort of takes me back to that. That aspect of it is challenging. Not hard, but challenging and freeing.