'Modern Family' star Eric Stonestreet takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test

It’s hard to pick a favorite member of the Modern Family ensemble, but Eric Stonestreet (aka Cam), is definitely up there. Tonight’s episode, “Fizbo (ABC, 9 p.m ET), gives him the chance to resurrect his real-life clown character of the same name. That’s all we needed to know to know that we wanted to know more.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Clowns: Scary or Misunderstood?
ERIC STONESTREET:
Misunderstood. But you’re talking to someone who’s always been fascinated with clowns, so I might be biased. Growing up [in Kansas], I wanted to be a clown and run away with the circus. I created a clown character that I would do for kids’ birthday parties and stuff like that. That’s how the inspiration for “Fizbo” started. Fizbo is my real clown name from when I was kid. I have business cards printed up with it on. [The show's writers] just liked hearing the stories, so they thought it would be funny if Cameron brought back his clown character.

The most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I consider myself the least music snob in the world, and actually, I like to make fun of music snobs. I’m not ashamed to rock out to an ‘N Sync song, Backstreet Boys, Wreckx-N-Effect. If it’s on my iPod, it’s there for a reason. Sometimes it’s an impulse purchase for me off iTunes, but I’m a big music guy. I’m proud of all my [checks his iPod] 5,400 songs.

The song that makes you dance any time you hear it?
I love that Shaggy song “It Wasn’t Me.” There’s a song out now, Jay Sean’s “Down” — when I hear it in my car, I go crazy for it. I’m a big car dancer. If you ever see me in my car, I’m always dancing. It’s all for me. I dance alone.

And what is your signature car dancing move?
I call it bumpin’. All my friends, they know me to bump. It’s sort of an up-and-down shoulder move with one arm in the air. You gotta keep one arm on the steering wheel. LAPD, what’s up?

Your position on karaoke?
My position on karaoke is that it terrifies me. I think it has something to do with my desire to be good at things. While I like to sing in the privacy of my shower and maybe to brutalize my friends, I’m horrible at getting up in front of strangers singing. If I had to, I would maybe do “Creep” by Radiohead. [Sings] That’s a good one, right?

Something from your childhood you wish you still had?
My Stretch Armstrong doll, I loved that thing. All my G.I. Joes. My Stompers. Oh, I was so into Stompers.

What are Stompers?
Yeah, exactly. You’re a girl.

No, you did not just say that.
Yeah. Stompers were the best toy ever, these little mini monster trucks that ran on one AA battery. We used to build, like, cities for our Stompers.

What is your geekiest possession today?
Let me think here. I’m looking around my house. How do we define “geeky”? I’m not a technology guy. My best friend Paul is majorly into science fiction, and I make fun of him, and he gets mad at me because I don’t want to go see sci-fi movies… I would say the geekiest thing I have right now is a cowboy statue of a human with my dog’s head attached to it. I’ll take a picture of it and email you.*

* His dog, “Coleman Hawkins” aka “Bubba” aka “Coleman The Patrolman,” is a Jack Russell/Beagle mix that he rescued eight years ago as a puppy.

Photo credit: Stonestreet: Bob D’Amico/ABC; Statue: Eric Stonestreet

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  • oldrockchick

    Okay, so now by crush is not just on Cameron, but the real thing too! How adorable is this guy?

    • Chris

      i agree!!!

    • dpinmd

      Ditto! Could he be any more adorable? I think not!

    • Rock Golf

      Emmy nom. Supporting actor. Comedy.

      The campaign starts in 3… 2… 1…

  • BLM

    I’m loving Eric’s saucy pose in his photo!

  • Ceballos

    This guy’s fantastic. I’ve been laughing at pretty much everything he does since the “Lion King” moment in the “Modern Family” pilot.

    • dpinmd

      ITA! (“Cam is not a drama queen!” )

    • paige

      HEY CEBALLOS!!! Yea this guy is definately one of the big guns on a show surrounded by big guns… cant wait to see tonites episode

  • Sadie

    FINALLY someone else who knows about Stompers. My brother got some for Christmas one year, and I think I played with them more than he did. Love Cameron, love Eric. Have seen a lot of him recently in a recurring police officer role on “Bones.”

  • Robin

    Wow, blast from the past. I had 2 stompers (and i am a girl)! I loved them, but totally forgot them until he mentioned it. I love this guy. :)

  • LisaMama

    Love him, love the character, love the show!

  • Jen

    “I collect antique fountain pens, I’m quite adept at Japanese flower arranging- Ikibana- oh, and I was also the starting offensive tackle at Illinois…..Surprise!”
    Love Cam!!!

  • Natertot

    Eric is actually friends with my cousin and he’s even funnier in person! Really nice guy too, glad he’s finding success on an amazing show.

  • Melinda65

    I love Modern Family, and Cam is one of my favorite characters. Hey, Eric, I’d car-dance to Backstreet Boys with you any time.

  • Kathleen

    You are my music hero! My 5000+ song ipod contains what I LIKE-and frankly I’m so beyond giving a damn what the music snobs say about what is “good” music. I want it that way too!

  • LA

    Move over Jon Cryer, Emmy just found it’s new best supporting comedy actor.

  • Heather

    We will twist the Emmy panel like a balloon animal if Eric does not get nominated. Standout.

  • kcrozzie

    Loved this week’s show and Cameron’s “bad-ass clown”. The birthday party was so funny, with too many lines to quote. What a great ensemble. It’s as if they’ve worked together for years.

  • still laughing

    people are going to stare. they’re not used to seeing only one clown in a car.

    i never, never quote tv, but there were buckets of great lines from this episode. i will hulu this for the next month.

  • Strawberry Sparkles

    So pleased he got the Emmy love he deserves!

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