July 8th, 2010
11:24 AM ET
The hit ABC comedy “Modern Family” has a 50-50 chance of scoring an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy series.
That’s because three out of the six actors nominated appear on the show: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who portrays straight-laced attorney Mitchell Pritchett; Eric Stonestreet who appears as Pritchett’s always over the top partner Cameron Tucker; and Ty Burrell who stars as the lovably clueless dad, Phil Dunphy.
Stonestreet and Burrell spoke with CNN about how thrilled they each were for their first time nominations.
“Last night I was a nervous wreck so I tried to stay up as late as possible so I could sleep through the morning and not be up pacing,” Stonestreet said. “It’s an honor. I’ve been an actor for 14 years and have never been a part of anyone’s conversation about being nominated for an Emmy and I am just proud of all of our actors.”
“It feels like an incredible statement about the show,” Burrell said. “I feel so lucky to be experiencing this moment when so many facets of the show are being recognized and it’s going to be extraordinary to go back to work.”
“Modern Family” is also up best comedy as well as several other Emmy awards including directing, art direction and casting.
Neither Stonestreet or Burrell could bring themselves to watch the nomination ceremony live. So both were amused when they learned their co-star and fellow nominee with a nod for best supporting actress in a comedy, Sofia Vergara, struggled pronouncing a few of the names of the nominees as co-presenter of the ceremony.
Vergara’s real life Latin accent is often played for laughs as character Gloria Delgado Pritchett on the show.
“I can only imagine,” Stonestreet chuckled. “I’m going to have to go back and watch the video.”
Both actors also expressed disappointment that co-star Ed O’Neill was the only adult cast member of the ensemble not nominated. Julie Bowen, who portrays Claire Pritchett Dunphy received a nomination in the same category as Vergara.
Stonestreet said he believed had O’Neill been willing to pitch his hat in the ring as a potential nominee for best actor, things may have been different. “[O’Neill] wasn’t willing to go that route because he thinks of himself as part of an ensemble,” Stonestreet said.
Burrell said he hopes the lack of nomination actually leads to more recognition for O’Neill who portrays patriarch Jay Pritchett on the series.
“Him not being nominated is an opportunity to talk about him as the heart and soul of our show,” Burrell said. “From the beginning of the show he has been our core, both in setting a tone in terms of performance and the easy going working environment.”
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