Ellen: Jesse Tyler Ferguson 8 The Play & Modern Family White House


Ellen: Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is one half of TV’s most high profile gay couple on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. He visited Ellen DeGeneres to talk about wrapping up another season of the series, which finished taping about a month and a half ago.

“We have separation anxiety. We really love each other,” he said of his castmates.


Ellen: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson & his Modern Family castmates are bound for the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner. (Image Credit: s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

Luckily for audiences, the Modern Family season isn’t quite over yet on TV. New episodes air Wednesdays on ABC, with the season finale set for May 23 2012.

Ellen: Jesse Tyler Ferguson White House Correspondents Dinner

Ellen said that the cast is all very talented, and they’re all attending the 2012 White House Correspondents Dinner, along with other media personalities and Washington insiders. Jesse revealed that he never went to college, and he feels like he will be intimidated and feel out of his league when surrounded by DC power players.


Jesse noted that he also attended last year’s dinner. Ellen said she attended the event one year, and that it is a large crowd.

Ellen: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Play 8

Ellen saw Jesse Tyler Ferguson in a recent LA reading of the play 8. His co-stars included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, and other A-listers.

8 is a play written by Dustin Lance Black that chronicles the Prop 8 struggle over gay marriage in California. Jesse said Brad Pitt admitted to him that this was his first stage play, and he tried to buck up the movie star. He even had to ask ask for tips on how to do the curtain call.

Watch Brad Pitt, Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Others in 8: The Play on YouTube.

Ellen: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Theater Background

Jesse grew up in New Mexico, and he has always been into theater. Pictures of his childhood bedroom featured posters and memorabilia from a variety of Broadway shows.

“You’ve been gay a long time,” Ellen said.

He revealed that he had different Broadway motifs for each of the seasons of the year, just to drive Ellen’s point home.

I am a tad disappointed that Jesse didn’t do any Dance Dares on the set of Modern Family.


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