The Emmy winner is a jock who loves to play dress-up. "I look the way I look because I've practiced [eating] a lot." / Bob Riha, Jr. USA TODAY
While traffic isn't one of Eric Stonestreet's favorite things about living in Los Angeles, it's all good when the Modern Family star gets to his trailer and sees what colorful new shirt he gets to wear on the hit show, or when he has to pour himself into tight bike shorts.
A native Kansan, Stonestreet is quickly becoming a household face ó and a fashionable one ó as the burlier half of the ABC show's hilarious gay couple opposite Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Stonestreet won a supporting-actor Emmy in August for his role as Cameron, a former football player and clown who's now a stay-at-home dad.
Here, the 39-year-old actor ó who in real life is straight with a girlfriend and a noticeably deeper voice ó runs down some of his favorite things.
Re-gifting. He's giving his Emmy trophy to his parents when he goes home to Kansas City for Christmas. "It means more to them to see the Emmy every day than it does to me."
Kids. Working with the little ones who play his on-screen daughter, Lily, has tapped into Stonestreet's inner dad. "They say that guys don't have biological clocks, but it's definitely opened up my mind to wanting children."
The gridiron. The actor grew up going to Kansas City Chiefs football games ó and he played in high school. Stonestreet had a track and field scholarship to a junior college before a freak accident ended his athletic career. "I fell down 14 steps sleepwalking, believe it or not. I broke my foot and tore my rotator cuff in one fall. That was pretty much the end for me."
Tasty feasts. Stonestreet loves to cook, and he invented a delicious pizza burger for a best friend's birthday recently. "I love cheeseburgers, really good Italian food and really good Mexican food," Stonestreet says. "I look the way I look because I've practiced a lot."