For Eric Stonestreet, winning Best Supporting Comedy Actor at last year's Emmys was made even more special by who announced his name. As he revealed to senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum during this webcam interview, "When Betty White walked out on stage, my mom leaned over to me and said, 'I really want to meet her before the night's over.' I said, 'You very well might.' That threw me off my game." Recalled Stonestreet, "I was pretty much in shock when I won, shifted into 'I need to be a professional in front of all these people' mode, and then went right back into shock."
Two of the other five nominees also featured on "Modern Family" — his on-screen partner Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Ty Burrell — and Stonestreet hopes they are back in the race this year along with Ed O'Neill who plays the patriarch. Said the actor, "Hopefully it will be Ty, Jesse or Ed if not me this year. I'm really pulling for the other guys in our cast. I always say I was the first one lucky enough to win it, and I hope by the end of the show all 10 of us win an Emmy."
Stonestreet has yet to choose the sample episode he needs to submit to the Emmy jurors. Last year he won with "Fizbo," an episode which showcased his character as a clown at his nephew's birthday party. The writers drew from Stonestreet's own early days in Hollywood when he moonlit as a children's entertainer. As he told us, "This is the first time in 12 years that I have been employed for more than eight days."