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Jesse Tyler Ferguson on 'Modern Family'

Tenth Annual AFI Awards - Arrivals
Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson attends the Tenth Annual AFI Awards 2009 held at Four Seasons Beverly Hills on January 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays one-half of a gay couple on the hit ABC series Modern Family, and he and his on-screen partner Eric Stonestreet recently clarified their real-life sexual orientation to USAToday.com. For the record, Ferguson is gay, and Stonestreet is straight.

Eric and Jesse play a gay couple on Modern Family (Getty)
Interestingly, Ferguson revealed that most people tend to guess the opposite: that Ferguson is straight and Stonestreet is gay. He said, "Especially at the beginning of the show ... a lot of men were hitting on Eric and a lot of women were approaching me."

But Stonestreet doesn't go out of his way to set the record straight (no pun intended). He said, "I never want to seem embarrassed or ashamed that I'm playing a gay person. So I would never want to be like, 'Hey, I'm not gay.' "

That said, meeting women just got a lot harder.

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